JULY 20 ||| Screaning of "SLUMBERING CONCRETE"
START - 20h @ KINO BOKA
20.00 "Socialism meets capitalism"
20.45 "Mysterious building in a pine forest"
JULY 21 ||| Panel - "THE IMPORTANCE OF ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITIONS FOR ARCHITECTURE IN MONTENEGRO"
START - 20.30h @ Old Prison square
Moderated by: Dijana Vučinić
JULY 23 ||| "RE-USE" symposium
START - 13h @ KINO BOKA
13.20 Opening note by Dijana Vučinić
13.30 Miloš Kosec | "Ruins of Potential, Potential in Ruins"
14.00 KOSMOS Architects | " Kosmos/Chaos "
14.40 Joni Baboci |
Moderated by: Miloš Kosec
15.20 lunch break
16.00 Haris Piplaš | "Sarajevo now: People’s museum"
16.40 Boštjan Vuga & Simon Hartmann | Dom Revolucije
17.00 RE-USE Panel
*intro Dijana Vučinić
Moderated by: Luise Rellensmann and Dijana Vučinić
JULY 24 ||| "THE DEBATE" symposium (Project Solana)
START - 12h @ KINO BOKA
12.10 Introduction by Dijana Vučinić & Bart Lootsma
13.00 lecture / Robert Shafer / "Salt of the earth"
Project Solana Presentation
13.25 Marko Stjepčević & Nemanja Milićević / "The trigger 50/50"
13.50 Claudia Pasquero & Marco Poletto / ecoLogicStudio / "Solana Open Aviary"
14.15 Kathrin Aste / LAAC Architects / "The Coexistence"
14.40 Eric-Jan Pleijster / LOLA Landscape Architects / "The Pyramid of Species"
15.05 lunch break
Andrej Sovinc, Sečovlje Salina Nature Park
Andrej Nikolaidis, writer and journalist
Ministry of sustainable development and tourism
Bart Lootsma, curator of Project Solana Ulcinj- Monetengro pavilion at Venice Biennale
Moderated by: Siniša Vuković / Dijana Vučinić
KotorAPSS Forum 2016: „RE-USE“- Symposium and „THE DEBATE“ (Project Solana)
With its upcoming double symposium KotorAPSS further establishes a small Montenegrin town as an international hot spot for architectural thinking and advances the debate on decaying places of the recent past and their possible futures.
Boka Kotorska Bay cuts the Adriatic Montenegrin coast like a Norwegian Fjord. Once a hideout for pirates and smugglers it also was an important commercial trade hub and naval base.
The region once belonged to the Illyrian Kingdom, the Roman Empire and later to the Byzantine Empire. The Venetians ruled until the late 18th century, followed by the Austrians, and troops of Napoleon. From here Mediterranean cultures spread into the Balkan. Especially since UNESCO declared the natural and culture-historical region Kotor a world heritage site in 1979 the city and the bay have become an increasingly popular daytrip location for cruise ship tourism along the Adriatic coast.
While the distant past is embodied in the old town behind the thick city walls there is also a younger history that has left its traces, the recent past that manifests itself outside the historic center: Industrial developments from the first half of 20th century that have lost their uses and the empty shells of grand architectural projects built during the 1960s and 1970s in Ex-Yugoslavia when the Adriatic coast was a popular celebrity hot spot. While in Kotor local authorities sticking to the preservation of the past to further develop the cultural heritage as a consumption good for tourists that anchor in high-rise-like cruise ships in front of the city everyday. A lack of planning legislations in the past has enabled developers to scatter the landscape with their luxury look-alike all inclusive resorts.
This is the point of departure for KotorAPSS, The Architecture Prison Summer School, that seeks to redefine the approach on urban planning and design in the region. But how can the planning culture in Montenegro be positively influenced? “The simple answer is: You need to have decent architectural scene. And the most important step towards this is education”, states initiator and Montenegrin architect Dijana Vucinic. Since 2012 Kotor APSS has attracted thinkers and architecture scholars from all over the world and involved them not only in educating future architects of the Balkan region but also in forcing communication and public discussions with the intention to spark change on many levels.
KotorAPSS itself started off reactivating a massive abandoned structure at the center of the World Heritage Site that up until today resists a touristic appropriation: The former Austrian Hungarian prison from the 19th century is reflected in the summer school‘s name. Its thick cooling walls provide a unique location for focused working experience during hot Balkan summers.
Originating from the academic framework of APSS, in 2014 a curatorial team with Bostjan Vuga (Sadar+Vuga, Llubiljana), Simon Hartmann (HHF, Basel), Dijana Vucinic (DVARP, Podgorica) and German publishers Ilka and Andreas Ruby (Ruby Press, Berlin) initiated the exhibition in the Montenegrin Pavillon at the 14th Architecture Biennale di Venezia. The “Treasures in Disguise“-exhibition provided a spatial experience of the derilict ruins of the recent past, presenting them de-contextualized from their various socio-historical connotations. The Dom Revolucje (Home of Revolution) in Niksic – an oversized cultural palace originally designed in the late 1970ties but never completed – was part of the exhibition in the Palazzo Malpieri. In early 2016 the collaboration of Swiss architects HHF and Slovenian office Sadar+Vuga culminated in the winning proposal for the adaptation and reconstruction of the 22.000 square meter building as an urban landscape, suggesting a partial appropriation and re-integration into everyday life as an experimental approach to the reuse and preservation of post-modernistic socialist ruin.
The current show of this year’s Montenegrin pavilion at Venice Biennale, under the patronage of the Ministry of sustainable development and tourism and Government of Montenegro, takes up the objective to further establish and broaden the debate on decaying places of the recent past and their possible futures. With “Project Solana” commissioned by Dijana Vucinic architectural scholars Bart Lootsma and Katharina Weinberger are hosting four projects outlining different sustainable futures for the Solana Ulcinj, with a surface of 14.9 square kilometers one of the largest plants for salt production in the Mediterranean region. Lootsma and Weinberger describe the largest post-industrial landscape as “a completely artificial, man-made biotope which has taken on almost global importance as a crucial node in the migratory patterns of birds. As such, the Solana Ulcinj is the front line of all kinds of conflicts: between nature and culture; the local and the global; economy and environmental awareness.” ecoLogicStudio (London), LOLA (Rotterdam), LAAC (Innsbruck), and Marko Stjepčević and Nemanja Milićević from Podgorica developed four visionary future approaches to the site especially for the Biennale.
All four practices and the curators will participate in this year’s KotorAPSS Forum in Kotor between July 20 and 24. The double symposium „Re-Use“ and „The Debate“ continue to explore, dicuss and conceptualize the reuse of abandoned and derelict buildings and places.
The discussion will be preceeded by the RE-USE symposium on the 23rd of July. Participants include urbanist and researcher Haris Piplas of Urban-Think Tank, architecture offices HHF (Basel) and Sadar+Vuga (Llubiljana), architecture critic Maroje Mrduljaš, and KOSMOS architects, the “virtual office” of four Russian partners – each working for different architecture offices in Basel, New York and Moscow. With their urban make-over of an old factory site in central Moscow in summer 2015 KOSMOS demonstrated how USSR-era Moscow architecture could be creatively and cheaply revitalized. Also present is Ian Anderson of famous design practice The Designers Republic and the talk will be moderated by Luise Rellensmann, an architecture critic with a special interest in the heritage and conservation of the contemporary past and Miloš Kosec a theorist specializing in re-use approach.
THE DEBATE taking place on the 24th of July is the last of three symposiums accompanying the “Project Solana”. It will present and discuss the results of Project Solana Ulcinj for the national and international audience of KotorAPSS. THE DEBATE will be moderated by Siniša Vuković, a conflict management specialist researching various forms of international conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation. Vuković gave an intro on the upcoming debate:
”Although it may seem counterintuitive, conflicts represent one of the most fundamental social dynamics. Based in a perception of incompatible interests, conflicts inspire social change, cultural formation, and psychological development. However, conflicts are often solely associated with a state of perplexity, due to the fact that they tend to represent volatile, unpredictable and often very destructive state of affairs. Yet, at a closer look, we can see that such circumstances are all but a rule to the norm. In fact, our everyday lives are actually a complex network of regulated conflicts. From traffic rules, to political elections, from sporting events, to urban planning, we see competing goals regulated through mutually acceptable means of communication. The source of all conflicts is a lack of information. Resulting from inability of unwillingness to acquire knowledge, the scarcity of understanding leads to a state of suspicion, mistrust and apprehension. The only remedy to such pernicious relations is open communication that can bring clarity, foster trust, and reduce uncertainty. The exchange of information will bridge the gap between those that entered the talks convinced that they are destined to be at odds. Talking will help them gain clarity about each others’ intentions, and help them realise that they have much more in common than what they initially thought. And most importantly, it will help them establish guidelines that will regulate their seemingly incompatible interests in a predictable manner. The present debate aims to provide a unique platform of communication for all societal agents interested in the future of Solana.
Solana represents an exceptional landscape, deserving a careful and meticulous consideration. Prior to the APSS debate, numerous important steps have been taken, which have raised awareness among numerous facets of society about Solana’s relevance. Architects, urban planners, landscape designers, ornithologists, members of civil society, decision-makers, and many others have emphasized unique features of Solana, in a way that often resembled mutual exclusivity. For this reason, the APSS debate will catalyze an in depth exchange of ideas how to best deal with such a complex issue as is the future of Solana. The debate will begin with the presentation of four proposals that were presented at the 15th International Exhibition of Architecture - La Biennale di Venezia, as part of the Montenegrin Pavilion. These four proposals will offer new ideas and visions on how to placate a variety of societal needs. While their scope may be very comprehensive, they will not shy away from constructive critique, in the hope of fostering sophisticated improvement and deeper sensitivity of social realities. As a result, in the second part of the debate, the four proposal will be contrasted with opinions and views coming from non-architectural spheres of life: from local communities, to wildlife preservationists, from social scientist to salt fields entrepreneurs. The variety of opinions and views, while seemingly incompatible at first, will be geared toward concrete suggestions and guidelines for future actions that will promote long-term sustainability: actions that will be inclusive of everyone’s needs, and sensitive to everyone’s expectations.“
Simon Hartmann, KorotAPSS program advisor, pursued his higher education at ETH Lausanne, TU Berlin and ETH Zurich. From 2000–2003, he collaborated with the architectural firm Rolf Furrer Architekten, while working as a teaching assistant at ETH Studio Basel from 2002–2007. In 2003 he was involved in the founding of HHF Architects. From 2009–2011, Hartmann was engaged as a professor at HTA Fribourg. Since 2010, he has been a BSA member. In 2011 he served as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck. Since 2011 Hartmann has worked as a Professor at the Joint Master of Architecture Studies in Fribourg.
HHF Architects was founded in 2003 by Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann and Simon Frommenwiler. Since then, HHF Architects have realized numerous projects in Switzerland, Germany, China, France, Mexico and the USA. The scope of work ranges from urbanism and large-scale construction to public pavilions and interior design. From the beginning HHF was looking for collaborations with other architects and artists in order to widen its view on projects and enrich the quality of specific proposals. In this context, worldwide perceived group projects such as “Ruta del Peregrino” and the fruitful collaboration with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei emerged. In addition to building, teaching is an important activity of the office. The principals of HHF were visiting professors at the University of Innsbruck and guest lecturers at the UIA in Mexico City and at MIT in Boston. They participated also as jury members at numerous universities. From 2009 – 2011 Simon Hartmann was professor at the HTA in Fribourg, Switzerland. Since 2011 he is professor at the Joint Master of Architecture in Fribourg. 2014 he is teaching as a deputy professor at the University of Karlsruhe. Simon Frommenwiler was a visiting professor from 2011 – 2013 at ENSA Strasbourg, where he is an associate professor since 2013. 2014 he is teaching as a lecturer at MIT in Boston. HHF has been honored with numerous national and international awards. HHF won very re- cently the gold award 2015 in Housing category at the Swiss Architecture Awards. HHF were invited to the 13th and 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and honored with the Wallpaper Design Award. In 2013 HHF were winning the important German “Häuser des Jahres” Award, a Berlin Architecture Award, and were honored for the best new building by the Basel Heritage Protection. 2015 HHF were honored with the Swiss Architecture Award.
Boštjan Vuga, KotorAPSS program advisor, graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana in 1992 and completed the postgraduate masters course at the AA School of Architecture in London from 1993-1995. Together with Jurij Sadar, they founded the SADAR+VUGA (S+V) office in Ljubljana in 1996, which in two decades took place as one of the critical European architectural practices with production and communication based on an open, integral and innovative concept. Their most acclaimed works include chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (1996), Central part of the National Gallery, Ljubljana (1996) Stadium and Multipurpose hall Stožice (2010) and Air Traffic Control Centre Ljubljana (2013). The office has received many national and global architectural awards (Bauwelt Prize, Iconic Award, Archmaraton Award, Piranesi award, Plečnik Prize) and eight Mies van der Rohe nominations. The office's work was featured in multiple independent and collective exhibitions and is featured in permanent collections at the Architekturmuseum der TU München and MAO Ljubljana. In addition to his work at SADAR+VUGA, Bostjan Vuga has taught at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, the IAAC Barcelona, the Faculty of Architecture Ljubljana, TU Berlin and MSA Muenster. He was appointed associated professor for architecture at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. Boštjan Vuga participated as a cocurator at the Montenegro Pavilion, »Treasures in Disguise« at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture »Fundamentals«, Venice 2014. Since 2014 he has been a president of the council of the MAO Museum of Architecture and Design of Slovenia.
Ian Anderson studied philosophy at The University of Sheffield. His company, The Designers Republic, is known the world over for its innovative design approach and originality. He founded The Designers Republic in February 1986. The Designers Republic has occupied a unique position in the international graphic design scene. They collaborated on Sheffield’s Echo City installation for the 2006 Venice Biennale. TDR have designed covers for Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI), Nine Inch Nails, Aphex Twin and Pulp, and other work for the super club Gatecrashe, Issey Miyake, Sony, Nickelodeon and Coca-Cola. Work by tDR is held in the permanent collections of MoMAThe Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
KOSMOS Architects is a virtual office, which collaborates from different continents and brings together 4 partners who are based in New York, Moscow and Switzerland. The office designs projects of all types and scales: from a door handle to a city; from hardcore architecture to pop-up art installations. KOSMOS combines art and technology, global experience with respect to local context, European professionalism and Russian drive.
Maroje Mrduljaš (Rijeka, 1971) is an architectural critic, writer and editor of several books on contemporary architectural practice, including Contemporary Croatian Architecture - Testing Reality. Since 2005 he’s worked at the Architectural Faculty of the University in Zagreb. He serves on the editorial boards of various magazines specialized for the field of architecture, design and art. Among others he is the editor of Oris magazine, published in Zagreb. He is an independent consultant to the European Prize for Architecture Mies van der Rohe. As curator Maroje Mrduljaš has participated in several architectural exhibitions. In 2008 he was a member of the curatorial team that designed the exhibition "Balkanology" - about architecture and urban phenomena in the former Yugoslavia. In 2010, together with Vladimir Kulić, he conceived the research platform "Unfinished Modernisations", and for the past two years has coordinated the work of researchers in the project and curated the exhibition "Unfinished Modernizations" in Maribor. He regularly lectures in Croatia and abroad.
Luise Rellensmann lives in Berlin where she works as an architecture critic with a special interest in the heritage and conservation of the contemporary past, and in conservation of modern and contemporary architecture in historic urban environments. She also teaches at the Technical University in Cottbus. From 2003-2004 she pursues a Bachelor degree in Arts in International Business Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen focusing on English, cultural studies, economics. 2004-2008 Luise studies BA in European Studies at the University of Passau, focusing on English Cultural Studies, Art History, Business Administration, European Law where her thesis was “Tate Modern London and New National Gallery in Berlin. A Comparison of Two Museum Landmarks”. From 2008-2010 she pursues a Master’s degree in Building and Conservation at the Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus where her thesis was “The phenomenon of temporary use with special emphasis on historic preservation on the example of the recent history of Berlin”. Since April 2010 Luise is a freelance writer in BauNetz, Berlin. From September 2010 - August 2012 she’s a Research Associate at the Department of monuments, since July 2011, a researcher on Berlin and Techno, together with Dr. John Schofield (University of York). From September 2012 till June 2013 she’s a scholarship holder at the J. Paul Getty Trust the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles and since July 2013 Academic Assistant at the Chair of monuments.
Haris Piplas, born in Sarajevo, is a landscape architect and urban design researcher. He has studied and worked in Matica of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Berlin, Milan, and Zurich. He has been a part of U-TT since 2011, coordinating and co-teaching the Urban Design I/II: Urban Stories lecture course and developing the Global City Toolbox. His doctoral dissertation, funded through SNF, focuses on urban transformations of Central-Eastern European cities with particular attention to ex-Yugoslavian urban design. Within the new ISTP Urbanization Research Incubator at ETH Zurich, he works on developing innovative research and teaching models in collaboration with academic, industry, and policy partners. Outside of ETH Zurich, Haris is active in the Urban Land Institute, Aga Khan Foundation, ISOCARP, Matica B&H, and European Forum Alpbach. Haris is the curator of “Sarajevo Now: People’s Museum”, the contribution of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
Curator: Bart Lootsma, Innsbruck / Bart Lootsma (*1957, Amsterdam) is a historian, theoretician, critic and curator in the fields of architecture, design and the visual arts. He is a Professor for Architectural Theory and Head of the Institute for Architectural Theory, History and Heritage Preservation at the University of Innsbruck. He was Guest Professor for Architecture, European Urbanity and Globalization at the University of Luxemburg; at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna; at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg; at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna; at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and Head of Scientific Research at the ETH Zürich, Studio Basel. He was Head of the Department of 3D-Design at the Academy of Arts in Arnheim. Bart Lootsma was guest curator of ArchiLab 2004 in Orléans. He was an editor of ao. Forum, de Architect, ARCHIS, ARCH+, l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Daidalos, DOMUS and GAM. Bart Lootsma published numerous articles in magazines and books. Together with Dick Rijken he published the book ‚Media and Architecture’. His book ‚SuperDutch’ was published by Thames & Hudson, Princeton Architectural Press, DVA and SUN in the year 2000; ‘ArchiLab 2004 The Naked City’ by HYX in Orléans in 2004 and ’Reality Bytes’ will be published by Birkhäuser in 2016. Bart Lootsma is member of the committee for the IBA Vienna 2020. He was a member of several governemental, semi-governemmental and municipal committees in different countries and he was Crown Member of the Dutch Culture Council. www.architecturaltheory.eu
Dijana Vucinic is the Head of the Department for Development Projects in Urbanism and Architecture at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism where she manages a young and enthusiastic team working on portfolio that includes projects from architectural competitions to development on cultural heritage and other emerging projects in architecture and urbanism. She is a commissioner for Project Solana – Montenegro pavilion at 15th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Vučinić is a practicing architect, founder of an interdisciplinary architectural practice DVARP, with projects that range from urban design to hotels, residential buildings and theater stage design and research. Her work is based on research of urban condition in the developing touristic areas on Montenegrin coast and in the mountains. She is also the founder of Kotor APSS Architectural Prison Summer School in Kotor, Montenegro. KotorAPSS has been investigating mechanisms that could redefine the relationship between architecture and the city in Montenegrin coastal cities and improve urban setting by redefining the approach to urban planning and design. KotorAPSS is imagined as a platform for education and further research and development of urban structure in these cities and it has been gathering architects and students from all over the world. For her work she has received several awards. Vučinić is also one of the curators of the exhibition “Treasures in Disguise”- Montenegro Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2014 that has been recognized as very successful in Venice and has initiated development of abandoned structures in Montenegrin cities. She teaches at the University of Donja Gorica and has been a guest lecturer at several other Universities and symposiums in Montenegro and abroad. She has been involved in many research projects for Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism in Government of Montenegro.
Exhibitors: LAAC, Innsbruck / 2009 Founding the architectural office LAAC, synonym for landscape, architecture and cities by Kathrin Aste and Frank Ludin. LAAC develops contemporary architectonical solutions für urban and landscape challenge. LAAC tries to be an interface for implementation, teaching and research besides doing projects of architectural practice. The ideological goal of LAAC is it to overcome the growing gap between architectural practice, research and theory, in order to strengthen the importance of discipline in society again. www.laac.eu
Exhibitors: ecoLogicStudio, London / ecoLogicStudio is an architectural and urban design studio co-founded in London by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto. In the past few years the studio has built up an international reputation for its innovative work on ‘systemic’ design; ecoLogicStudio’s method is defined by the combination and integration of systemic thinking, bio and socio-logic research, parametric design and prototyping. Completed projects include a public library, private villas, large facades and eco-roofs; ecoLogic has developed prototypes and installations for the most important Architectural Biennales, including Venice in 2008 and 2010, Seville, Istanbul and Milan Fuorisalone. ecoLogicStudio runs international workshops and cultural activities and is involved in academic research. The work of ecoLogicStudio has featured in many international architectural books and magazines. The core innovation of the studio has been published in 2012 by Routledge in a book titled “Systemic Architecture”. www.ecologicstudio.com
THE TRIGGER 50/50
Marko Stjepčević (1983 / Podgorica), graduated in 2009 at the Faculty of Architecture/UCG. Stjepčević is a lecturer in the module: Space, “Politehnica”-UDG. He is the author of many award-winning projects. Notable are: First prize–Competition for reconstruction of the Municipality of Herceg Novi (2006-building constructed); First prize–Competition for arranging Hill Šipčanik(2007); Second prize–Competition for the “European House of Chess”/Meljine (2010), Second prize–Contest for the commercial-residential complex “Luković barracks”/Tivat(2011); Third prize–Competitionfor the hotel complex “Delfin”/Herceg Novi,(2015); Second prize–Competition for “House of Revolution”/Nikšić(2016). At the Summer School of Architecture “Kotor APSS” (2013) he was one of the mentors. Same year, Stjepčević wins First prize at the First Montenegrin Salon of Architecture, for the interior design of the Primary Court in Podgorica(co-author).
Nemanja Milićević (1993 / Podgorica) completed BSc studies in 2015, Faculty of Architecture/UCG. He has participated in: Summer School of Architecture “APSS 2012”, a year later, he became a member of the organizing team; in the organization of “BAFF”(Boka Architecture & Film Festival 2014)/Kotor where prospective architects and artists in the field of audio-visual mediums had the opportunity to present their works; in the “PAF” -u (Podgorica Art Festival-2015) as the head of the artistic and architectural settings. He worked on various projects that include participation in the design of residential and commercial objects, interior and reconstruction projects. Currently is a student of post-graduate studies at AF/Podgorica where, for his final paper, is doing research on the topic of abandoned facilities and possibilities for their sustainable conversion.
Exhibitors: LOLA, Rotterdam / Eric-Jan Pleijster, Cees van der Veeken en Peter Veenstra graduated from Wageningen University as Landscape Architects in 2003 and 2005 (Veenstra). In 2006 they collectively started the office LOLA landscape Architects in Rotterdam, which strives progressive landscape architecture. With spot-on ideas and actions based on a combination of research and design, LOLA (LOst Landscapes) wants to bring new life to forgotten, worn-out and changing landscapes. In doing so, LOLA has an optimistic and conceptual approach, as well as a fascination for new spatial phenomena. LOLA works for governments, provinces, municipalities and project developers. The office won multiple design competitions and awards, amongst them European Portugal, the EO Wijers competition and the Delta Water Award. www.lolaweb.nl
Robert Schäfer, 61, is one of the greatest international experts in the field of landscape architecture. He studied landscape planning at the TU Berlin and journalism and communication at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim. He was Editor in Chief of Garten + Landschaft, a monthly magazine on landscape architecture, urban design and related issues for 30 years. He was founder and editor in chief of Topos, the most important international magazine on landscape architecture, for 22 years. Since 2016, Robert Schäfer works as a freelance writer, lecturer and consultant in the field of landscape architecture, urban planning and architecture.
Andrej Nikolaidis grew up in a Montenegrin-Greek family in Sarajevo. He lives in Ulcinj, Montenegro. Nikolaidis is known for his hard-hitting writing style. He is considered an influential post-Yugoslav intellectual. Nikolaidis published several novels, translated to 13 european languages. For the novel “The Son”, he received the 2011 European Union Prize for Literature. An ardent supporter of Montenegrin independence, anti-war activist and promoter of human rights, especially minority rights, Nikolaidis initially became known for his political views and public feuds, appearing on local television and in newspapers with his razor-sharp political commentaries. He is a columnist at Delo (Ljubljana) and E-novine (Belgrade), Al Jazeera and has recently written a number of articles for The Guardian.
Dr. Siniša Vuković is Assitant Professor for the Conflict Management Program and Global Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also holds visiting professorships at the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Nijmegen. He received a Ph.D. (cum laude) in International Relations and Conflict Resolution at Leiden University, an MA (cum laude) in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and The Netherlands Institute of International Relations "Clingendael", and a BA (laurea) in Political Science from University of Rome "La Sapienza". He is the recipient of many research grants, including “Rubicon” from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). His research focuses on various forms of international conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation. He has published in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Washington Quarterly, Millennium Journal of International Studies, International Journal of Conflict Management, International Negotiation, Cooperation and Conflict, and Acta Politica, and contributed to several edited volumes with book chapters. His book "International Multiparty Mediation and Conflict Management" (2015) is published by Routledge. He has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses related to the field of conflict management, with a particular focus on the processes of negotiation and mediation.
Received a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering/Water Management at University of Primorska in Slovenia, with master’s degree in Natural Heritage Protection, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Protected Area Systems.
His work combines experience in hydro construction, nature protection and ornithology. For several years he worked at the Water Management Institute in Ljubljana, where he worked on Project Design and Management, Wetland Management, Evaluation Studies on Environmental changes and Protected Area Planning and Management. Since year 2002, he is head of the park at the SOLINE d.o.o. company, where he manages Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. Andrej is also Regional Vice-Chair for Europe at World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN) since year 2012.
Dijana Vučinić, Founder and Program Director
Boštjan Vuga, Program Advisor
Simon Hartmann, Program Advisor
Marija Ičević, Production Director and Project Coordinator
Luka Bošković, Art Director
Jovana Miljanić, Project Coordinator and Assistant
Jovana Biga, Communications and Social Media
Jelena Šćepanović, Project Assistant and Student Coordinator
Ivan Čojbašić, Audio-Video production
Ivan Vratnica, APSS volunteer
Nikola Bajović, APSS volunteer
THE DEBATE symposium team: