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Part 2 Project 2023
Heather Coleman
Julia Barbara Grzesiak
Alice Marguerite Lilley
Chetan Karadia
University of Liverpool | UK
The thesis aims to interrogate UNESCO’s criteria and value of cultural heritage within post conflict cities.

Using Mostar as a case study, the thesis proposes the careful alteration, deconstruction and movement of ruined fragments rather than the reconstruction of built heritage to create a new cultural centre within the heart of city. As Anna Marik states within ‘Mortal Cities and Forgotten Monuments’ the original use of these ruins acted as a frame for daily life, shaping and accommodating new urban and inclusive activities throughout the city.

The research proposes to reassess the ruined structures within the city, highlighting the need to embrace these structures as a “infrastructural tool”. It also attempts to form a new set of design objectives and operations to serve as a model to follow and create a counterpoint to UNESCO’s criteria, objectives and value.

In doing so, the project aims to not only heighten the value of built heritage but also restore intangible heritage and everyday rituals that the city had been known for and once thrived on.

Heather Coleman
Julia Barbara Grzesiak
Alice Marguerite Lilley
Chetan Karadia

Tutor(s)
Soumyen Bandyopadhyay
Torsten Schmiedeknecht
2023
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