Fragile republic: defragmenting the public space in Sarajevo's museums quadrant

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The discourse on modernism has been linking the agency of architecture in public space to the processes of modernisation and, by implication, progress, along with a realisation that a ‘stand-alone’ approach to the history of architecture, focused on the selected buildings and their designers, is not enough. Independently, the work of sociologists and the critical theory investigations in the humanities have brought their focus closer to the studies of contemporary architecture, resonating with the internal demands for rejection of the reductionist approach, which had consigned architectural phenomena to the analysis of style. As a result, the architectural research has begun to resort to sociology and cultural studies, borrowing their methods of observation in order to build a better phenomenological understanding of own field and subject, and placing them within a synchronistic flux of cultural, political and social developments.
This paper seeks to examine the concepts of the communicative action, as developed by Jürgen Habermas (1928-) and potentially apply them on the analysis of the urban micro-zone of Marijin Dvor in Sarajevo, following the transformations of this originally designated administrative and cultural heart of the socialist city, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Departing from Habermas’ notion of the structural differentiation of Lifeworld, the selected area is observed through its historic phases, characterised by convergence, divergence and conflict, with a view to developing a discursive template. Its model is conceived as a combination of the spatial urban pattern coupled with communicative acts, framed as synchronistic sequences of a specific and local narrative.
It is suggested that such graphic modelling with a symbolical re-enactment of communicative acts in public space contributes to the interpretive potential and understanding of the behaviour patterns of different societal groups, which could have a role in reconciling of the conflicting and destructive trends in public sphere.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2019
EventField Conditions - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 24 Jan 201925 Jan 2019
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ConferenceField Conditions
Abbreviated titleAIARG 2019
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period24/01/1925/01/19
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Sarajevo
Public Space
Communicative Act
Historic
Life World
Re-enactment
Cultural Studies
Divergence
Discourse
Reductionist
Public Sphere
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sociologists
Socialist
History of Architecture
Template
Rejection
Modeling
Modernization
Sociology

Keywords

  • architecture
  • public space
  • communicative action
  • Sarajevo
  • socialist city

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Harrington, S, Dimitrijevic, B & Salama, AM 2019, 'Fragile republic: defragmenting the public space in Sarajevo's museums quadrant' Paper presented at Field Conditions, Dublin, Ireland, 24/01/19 - 25/01/19, .

Fragile republic : defragmenting the public space in Sarajevo's museums quadrant. / Harrington, Selma; Dimitrijevic, Branka; Salama, Ashraf M.

2019. Paper presented at Field Conditions, Dublin, Ireland.

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