Bridging the Bulevar: Transforming the former frontline in Mostar by using the existing network of public space in the city.

Zıvalı T.

Other, pp.1-249, 2013

  • Publication Type: Other Publication / Other
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-249
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: No


The war in former Yugoslavia has been over since 15 years, but in a lot of cities and communities the consequences of this time are still remarkable; not only by observing the condition of buildings or spaces, but also in the way the society has developed in these cities. One of them is Mostar. The city is also known by the post-war situation that is facing a socio-spatial segregation. Its damaged urban fabric and more interesting divided society is still recognizable as consequences of the war during the ninties. Several places in this city are used as frontlines and division zones during the war. One of them is the Bulevar, that runs through the heart of the city and functiones as a border between west and east Mostar. The four lane carriageway was constructed in the 1960’s and whilst it was a barrier to the movement of people pre-war, it is now even more of a barrier post-war as it acts as division in the city – creating two territories on either side and a bleak landscape. The Bulevar is not only a barrier in a physical sense but also in a psychological sense. This is where the sociological and spatial task crosses each other. The main aim of this thesis is to activate the divided halves of the city and use the Bulevar as a catalyst by improving the existing public space. In other words, the goal is to give the Bulevar back to the city and unite both parts of the city.