Space for Exchange: A Sustainable Return to Srebrenica, Vernes Causevic, London Metropolitan University
[The Resourceful Architect] A programme to renew and rebrand war-torn Srebrenica as a sustainable regional centre for vocational education
‘Space for Exchange: A Sustainable Return to Srebrenica’ invites ‘project friends’ – a growing circle of multidisciplinary advisers, including the vice mayor of Srebrenica and the architect Vedad Islambegovic of the University of Sarajevo’s architecture faculty – to consider the meaning of ‘sustainable return’ and local development in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inspired by the story of a postwar returnee, the architectural focusis the reconstruction and revitalisation of urban food and craft markets in town centres, and agricultural community structures in Srebrenica.
Working with residents to create hand-drawn ‘memory maps’, which recall Srebrenica and its structures before, during and after the war, has suggested new opportunities for the region. The next stage is to erect a noticeboard, a large model made of cork covering the municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac and Milici. This would allow us to communicate more effectively with displaced people, returnees, citizens, authorities, politicians and investors. It would provide a space around which we can enable the rebuilding of the craft market as a centre for trade, a school for craft and technology, and a new library.