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Kuma International Month: “Living Borders”

Kuma International third annual program dedicated to architecture will be held online through October 5-28 at 19:00 (CEST). Partners of this project are: International Burch University, Open Society Foundations, Embassy of Italy to BH, VII Academy, Yalla Project and Ideologija Agencija. Our Asst. Prof. Dr. Lejla Odobašić-Novo will be hosting this event together with Claudia Zini, Founder and Director of Kuma International.

Entitled “Living Borders”, Kuma Architecture Month will bring together eight Bosnian and Palestinian architects and researchers whose practices examine notions of exile, migration, and the questions of crossing and overcoming borders to further the interdisciplinary debate that critically interrogates the border-migration nexus in architectural terms.

The program will be building upon the theme of the Summer School which was “Borders and Migrations” which had the main goal to offer unique tools to address and reflect on geopolitical boundaries and their ethnic and political divisions while advocating for a conflict-free society.

Kuma Architecture Month is envisioned as an interchange by focusing not only on local context but also to create a dialogue between the architects and researchers whose practices around Bosnia and Herzegovina and Palestine examine the notion of borders from different perspectives.

Rather than analyzing urban destruction and reconstruction through the lens of what the targeted place was/is, the task is to inquire about what its transformation does to the assemblage of the city— that is, how it affects a complex set of relationships with its various other architectural, urban, natural, social and technical elements. The aim is to understand how such place transformations are enmeshed in the altering boundaries of the city’s territory, place identity, everyday spatial practices, discourses, senses of place, and the action and interaction between its residents.

Find program here.