• BURCH student paviljon

    Projekat okuplja studente predstavnike arhitektonskog, šumarskog i poljoprivrednog fakulteta sa ciljem informiranja, istraživanja i gradnje sa alternativnim, ekološki prihvatljivim građevinskim materijalima kao što su slama, ovčja vuna, drvo, te reciklirani građevinski elementi kao što su drvene grede, opeka, prozori, i vrata.

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The Power of Open Space

Reconfiguring the landscape of Sarajevo’s University Campus

60 students and 10 staff members from four universities in Bosnia and Germany met in Sarajevo from October 13 – 22, 2017, for an intensive work period. Their goal was to envision alternative and feasible futures for Sarajevo’s University Campus. This vast and yet very central territory was used for military purposes since the end of the 19th century. In 2006, it was returned to the city and designated as future campus area. However, since the implementation of the campus has not proceeded as initially planned, there is currently room for rethinking its spatial configuration. This was the core topic for eight interdisciplinary teams of architects and landscape architects.

Landscape architects and architects reflect on the spatial configuration of Sarajevo’s campus. How can programme and shape of the open space become a guiding structure for transformation, resilience and sustainability?

What is the role of a university campus in the 21st century? And what is the role of Sarajevo’s landscape in this context? These are only two of many relevant questions that gave food for thought to the student teams. The challenge was to envision the future of Sarajevo’s university campus from two perspectives: First, what would be a desirable final shape for this campus? And second, what would be a feasible and effective first step for reactivating this largely underused and abandoned territory? Thinking in sequences, actors and processes was challenging for the participants. But the most demanding shift of perspectives happened with regard to the role of open space: Can we think about the shape and qualities of the open spaces first before we specify the built environment? This reprioritization seems particularly relevant in a place like Sarajevo where large public parks are rare and the few existing green patches left by the modernist paradigm are fragmented, underused – or simply blocked by cars. All of this has a very negative impact on human well-being in cities, which has only recently been stressed again at the UN’s Habitat III conference. These threats to public health are further accelerated by the growing air pollution in the Sarajevo valley. Landscape architecture exists on the one hand to make the urban form more resilient to environmental threats. On the other, its purpose is to provide high quality open space for the benefit of local communities, especially for those who are most in need.

In that sense, the students developed ideas with the following elements: (1) better connectivity of the campus landscape with the major urban elements in its direct vicinity, (2) provision of high quality open spaces on the campus that would also serve the surrounding communities (3) enhancement of so-called ecosystem services by smart storm water management on site, provision of spaces for biodiversity and improvement of the urban climate by increasing unsealed surfaces and tree cover, (4) activation of additional open space potential both in the vicinity (such as the empty grasslands on the slope behind the main station) and on the campus area itself (for example by rooftop-gardens). The groups’ outcomes were different variants of the above mentioned themes, resulting in a greater or lesser extent of open space on the campus. The idea is to provide a basis of discussion for local stakeholders.

Sketch done by the team ‘Valley Rediscovery’,authors: Evelyn Dufner, Stefanie Dittrich, Stephen Flack, Loredana Cirdei, Maythe Garcia Velarde, Anna Ilyuchshenko, Laila Music, Yahya Atwa

The results have been presented to an interested round of stakeholders on Saturday, October 21, at the Faculty for Agriculture and Food Sciences on the Campus Site and again on Sunday, October 22, at the Architecture Faculty within the framework of the international conference ‘The Importance of Place’. The students will continue working on their ideas until the end of the winter semester and present their final results on January 26, 2018, in Nürtingen, Germany. The ideas will be documented in a publication and disseminated to local stakeholders shortly after the final presentation.

This workshop builds on a cooperation of two Bosnian universities, the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Sarajevo and the Architecture School of the International Burch University, with two German universities that jointly offer an international master degree in landscape architecture, Nürtingen-Geislingen University and Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University. Further guest lectures were provided by UnSa’s Faculty of Architecture, the university’s management group for the campus, the Bosnian Association of Landscape Architects (AlaBiH) and the Urban Think Tank of ETH Zurich, which supports the ‘Reactivate Sarajevo’ process since 2014. The workshop was supported by ERASMUS+ Mobility Grants and a Grant from the Student Union of Nürtingen-Geislingen University.


University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Forestry:
MSc. Emira Hukić (e.hukic@sfsa.unsa.ba)

International Burch University & Green Council:
Ass. Prof. Dr. Sanela Klarić (sanela.klaric@ibu.edu.ba)

IMLA Programme:
Dr.-Ing. Ellen Fetzer (ellen.fetzer@hfwu.de)

ETH Urban Think Tank + Reactivate Sarajevo:
MSc Haris Piplas (haris.piplas@gmail.com)

INVITATION: Book Launch Johns Hopkins CTR SAIS – ABF

The Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS at the Johns Hopkins University and the America – Bosnia Foundation invite you to the Book Launch Event for the book “Vision 2020: Reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Towards Its European Future”, that will be held on October 3, 2017 in Hotel Europe Sarajevo with a start at 9 a.m. as per the agenda.

Please RSVP by September 30, 2017 via email to info@abf.ba


The America – Bosnia Foundation

The Student Pavilion of Burch University attracted the attention of the EU Delegation officials in BiH

The international Burch University hosted the officials of the Delegation of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina, among whom was Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Khaldoun Sinno, who visited the International Burch University to promote the exchange of students in the field of higher education, Erasmus + programs and acquaintance with the capacities of the International Burch University as well as observed the construction development of the student pavilion.

Besides the Rector of Burch University, prof. Dr. Damir Marjanović, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation, Khaldoun Sinno also had the opportunity to speak with the vice-rector Sanela Klarić, who introduced the guests with the building development of a Burch student pavilion which is currently in construction phase.

Opinions on the education sector in BiH, the future of student exchanges, and the development of higher education in BiH were discussed as well. The Rector of Burch University, prof. Dr. Damir Marjanović, emphasized that the interesting project of the Burch student pavilion attracted many students from the region and the world, and that this project is of crucial importance especially for students of architecture faculty.
Rector Marjanović also emphasized that the representatives of the European Union repeatedly pointed out that the student pavilion is one of the interesting projects that should certainly be addressed, and consequently the mutual communication between the International Burch University and the Delegation of the European Union, which was also a logical sequence of events after successful visit of Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark to the International Burch University from a few months ago.

In addition, it was discussed that International Burch University will create conditions for better cooperation with partner institutions in Europe and BiH in the upcoming period, with emphasized development priorities. Also, those projects that unite all universities in order to create better conditions for the development of higher education in BiH show the highest success and progress in the work of students.

Invitation to join closing ceremony of construction works of first student eco pavilion in B&H

International Burch University in Sarajevo, together with The Association “Green Council” invites you to join closing ceremony in the University campus for the completion of summer school and construction works on 2nd phase of the first student, experimental, innovative and eco pavilion in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The closing ceremony will take place on Saturday 19th August at the International Burch University, starting at 18:00h.

Please confirm your arrival to: esmahecimovic@gmail.com

Promotion of ArchiKID Air educational workshops

We cordially invite you to promotion of ArchiKID Air educational workshops for students in elementary schools in the area of air protection and pollution. These workshops were conducted by Association „Green Council“ in cooperation with Heinrich Boll Foundation. The Association of Teachers of Canton Sarajevo provided their support. Additionally, we would like to introduce to you our “Manual for Teachers in Elementary Schools in the Area of Air Pollution and Protection”.

The promotion will be held on 17 May 2017 at 17:30 hours in the Elementary School “Hamdija Kresevljakovic”, street Carina 2, Sarajevo. With this invitation, you can find the Agenda for the Promotion.

The promotion will be held in Bosnian language. We are looking forward to meet you!

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