- postwar reconstruction of open spaces in Mostar   click here to open paper content359 kb
by    Demirovic, senada | senadad@hotmail.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
This study is showing trough one existing example how modern lifestly made people to forget about their connection to the meaning of the city itself.
The Importance of Pedestrian Street in historical city core – Fejic Street in Mostar

The major purpose of this work is to provide information about the physical state of the street that is chosen as base to be examine with all of its qualities and different problems weather it is about dimensions, details, patterns or urban context. The overriding is to help make future pedestrian Street- Street where people will want to be.

We focus a part of our life more on one street for reasons not necessarily economic or functional, but because we are attached on some very important memories in those streets.
As well as to see, the street is place to be seen.
In this chapter it is shown how the sociability is a large of why cites exist and streets are a major if not the only public place for that sociability to be developed.

City of Mostar is for the first time mentioned in written document 3rd April 1452.
Mostar has rich history that had manifested on the urban development as well. These transformations influenced Fejic Street as well. Today in this street we can see influences from Ottoman empire, Austro–Hungarian Monarchy, after Second World War architecture, as well as contemporary architecture from the ’70-ties. The image of the street was made through all influences that those periods have left in street. The war destruction (1992-1995), destroyed a lot of originality, but the fact of non-planned post-war reconstruction ‘contributed’ to the existing situation.

Upon the historical fact of urban development, as well as based on the strategy of future development of the city, Fejić Street has a great role concerning both city scale and Old city core scale. In the triangle formed by Old Bridge, Musala and Rondo, Fejić Street is main connection. Regarding that fact, this street that looks like ‘no man’s land’, has to be redesigned by the regulations asked by regulation plan as well as by the concrete project for this area.

This chapter is part from the regulation plan that was made for the Old City of Mostar by Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva and World Monuments Fund, New York and accepted by city council of Mostar, in May 2000.

This issue takes a great place in further project development. The state in which is this street today is not in context of what are the needs of people that lives in Mostar. In this chapter are named all necessary categories of interventions that can ameliorate the image of the street and gives appropriate look that one pedestrian area needs to have.

Task of this aspect was to go through existing physical structures and the existing condition of it. Through the analyses made upon existing situation there are three categories of interventions on the architectural level that has to be done. Final result is fully redesigned street facade.

In this part of thesis there are three sub-zones of Fejić Street examined:
1. The old neighborhood Mejdan-Bišćević;
2. Street within open spaces and concrete objects taken as an example of proper use of above named interventions;
3. New neighborhood - old department store ‘Razvitak’.
For all three zones this thesis provided guidelines as well as certain solutions based on already formed list of interventions.

This issue presents possibility of sustainable development that is possible to be achieved based on urbanistic and architectural interventions. The old city neighborhood Mejdan-Bišćević is taken as an example in the street of how it is possible to realize this aspect.

There are two approaches when we speak about redesign of the old urban structures. One of two is based on the scholastic idea of forming the ‘ model’ that will serve as well conserved site that after a while can become an ‘alive’ archaeological site, that serves more to tourist than to local people. The other approach is the one that permit to all people to feel good in space that they use and to enjoy into all that they can get there, or give to.
The Fejić Street project is based on this second approach that would give the street remarkable image and make of it pedestrian zone that city such as Mostar is, need to have.

return to ourselves
click here to open paper content  Click to open the full paper as pdf document
click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper  Click to send an email to the author(s) of this paper