Jean Yves Marie
Senada Demirović Habibija is PhD architect from Mostar, born on April 30th 1975. She studied architecture in Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Denmark. She is employed in the city administration of the City of Mostar as an expert advisor for urban planning. From 2000 to 2003, she worked as an architect in the Mostar’s Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the World Monuments Fund office, on the reconstruction of the cultural heritage of Mostar and Herzegovina region. In the period from 2012 to 2018, she was a curator at the Center for Architecture, Dialogue and Art ADA Mostar, and in 2019 she founded an association “Urban House IDEAA”, a laboratory that explores the important relationship between design, emotional state and spatial-social needs of the society. She is a lecturer at the University “Džemal Bijedić” Mostar in the study program “Interior Design”.
From the beginning of her career until today, she has been involved in a large number of local and international projects, educational programs and conferences, and she has been the organizer of a significant number of architectural events in Mostar. The two projects in which she participated, which are historically significant for post-war Mostar, are the inscription of Mostar on the UNESCO World Heritage List (2005) and the candidacy of the city of Mostar for the European Capital of Culture 2024 (2019). She has published a significant number of scientific papers, and her first book is currently being prepared. She actively speaks English, French and Italian. She is the mother of three children.
Urban reconstruction in continuity – Mostar as a new experience
“The city of Mostar lives on the river and its banks for centuries. The Neretva River adorns Mostar but also divides it into two banks. Apart from the Neretva River, which naturally separates Mostar, the man made an artificial division almost 30 years ago along the road known as the Boulevard. This physical division caused Mostar to be divided socially, ethnically, culturally and at every other level. In order for the city to experience catharsis and create new values, it is necessary to be understood rather than built, because the city is not just buildings and streets, the city is much more, it is a mosaic of stories and narratives. Culture can be the driver force of a change and the creator of a new healthy and creative environment where development strategies based on culture and the creative industries can overcome the trauma of division and provide this city with a prosperous future archiving spatial, social and experiential continuity.”