Banja Luka Pier

Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herezogovina) 2017

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (Norway)

University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herezogovina)

University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The project included research on urban acupuncture, design of a small urban intervention and its construction (within a student workshop) at a specific location in an open public space. Students were faced with the challenge of critical thinking on scales of contemporary urban environment, as well as with problems of post-transitional contemporary cities, with reflection of innovative models in a proactive approach to urban transformations. This is one of the first architectural interventions in an open public space on the banks of River Vrbas in Banja Luka. The project therefore received generous attention both from the professional and general public and has in turn generated a number of other small changes and minor projects elsewhere in the city, and more are likely to follow. This little intervention has created a wider public awareness of the values embedded in Banja Luka’s public spaces and has generated public activities that acknowledge the importance of preserving and regenerating the city’s public spaces. Although it was built on what had become a marginalised space, the project made it accessible for an increasing number of everyday users so that by now it has become one of Banja Luka’s favorite small outdoor places. What makes this project one-of-a-kind? The wooden platform along the Vrbas river has enriched and reinvigorated that particular place in Banja Luka.

“HERD Energy”, a tripartite university cooperation between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Sarajevo and the University of Banja Luka
The municipality of Banja Luka

Individual neighbors and curious passersby, which through their active participation contributed to the design of the installation.

Technical collaborators

Slavko Vasiljević and students: Miroslav Vujasinović, Zoran Kokeza, Aleksandar Živković (University of Banja Luka – Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy).

Norwegian university of science and technology NTNU: Markus Schwai
Centre for spatial research (NGO), Banja Luka: Igor Kuvač, Slobodan Peulić, Una Umićević, Isidora Karan,
University of Banja Luka: Radovan Vukomanović, Dragan Zrnić
University of Sarajevo: Mladen Burazor

NTNU students: Kristine Tokvam Karlsen, Rebecca Bjørge, Ane Janzy Yde, Hannah Hoem Grelland, Marie Langsholt Holmqvist, Elisabeth Dybdahl, Michelle Schmidt, Zdravko Živanović, Martin Vevatne
University of Banja Luka: Maja Medić, Neda Medić, Darja Premasunac, Nebojša Jeremić, Nemanja Topić, Boško Miljević, Đorđe Raljić
University of Sarajevo: Emina Alić, Danijela Jelić, Maja Glavinić, Nejra Basara, Zulija Halilović, Jusuf Kreso, Gem Slaku, Ismar Muslija;
Additional collaborators: Collaborators: Slavko Vasiljević, M. Geodesy, students: Miroslav Vujasinović, Zoran Kokeza, Aleksandar Živković (University of Banja Luka – Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy)

Research question

How to regenerate a public area, re-gain ownership for local inhabitants and try new ways of participation contemporarily?

11-50, Architecture, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Client-funded, Curricular, Engineering, Initiated by institution, Months, NTNU, Permanent, Self-funded, Students with tutor, Undergraduate, Uni of Banja Luka, Uni of Sarajevo