Modernist maps of Banja Luka, Mostar and Sarajevo

Starting in the 20s and developing until the end of 80s of the last century, the architecture and urbanism of the modernist era spread through cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The architectural influence of this period is still visible in the contemporary fabric of the city.

The ideas of modern architecture encounter towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a slight resistance towards new and different space treatment. These ideas were primarily introduced through residential architecture, and later through a variety of different types of public buildings. These principles of modern architecture and urbanism developed in parallel with the socio-political ideas of the time, especially after the Second World War. 

In cooperation with British publishing house “Blue Crow Media”, the Cultural Heritage without Borders BiH (CHwB BiH) is developing modernist maps for Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka. These maps present a guide through almost a century of development of modern architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and they are designed to draw attention to the valuable (yet insufficiently researched) architectural heritage. The values of the buildings and ambiences from that period can be fully appreciated through an understanding of the shifting socio-historical context in which it arose.

Modernist maps will be published in 2021 and it will present the selection of 35 representative architectural modern buildings in each of the cities. Valuable part of the maps are architectural photos by Anida Kreco. 

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