TOPIC

In 2015 KotorAPSS is introducing KotorAPSS Forum, final event of the first, four-year long cycles and it will be held July 14 - 18. In KotorAPSS Forum with symposium and panels discussions we intend to extend the conversation about the city and cultural and built heritage within, as well as on how we design and plan for tourism - What is the future of tourism in relation to architectural design, city development and branding and what is about to change in city planning in an era between all-inclusive and Airbnb?

Montenegro still has many developing investments in tourism and we have hotels and architectural heritage of the post-war period - public spaces with much unused potential that represent challenging projects for our society. Development of these spaces is not only dependent on political agenda of local and national governmental structures, or urban plans and revitalization projects that are in place. Framework of the future development of Montenegrin city should be citizen participation and crowd sourcing through initiatives, think-tanks, as well as cultural programs that open new possibilities for city spaces.

TEAM

ARE YOU A TOURIST OR A TRAVELER

We have been observing your Facebook travel photos and the way you travel and came up with some types of tourists you might fit in… We have asked our APSS staff to play the roles so any connection to the real person are accidentally (or not)… So ARE YOU A TOURIST OR A TRAVELER?

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JOVANA BIGA, our Communications and Social Media expert, is a real foodie. Whether she eats a juicy elk steak in Montana, a gelato in the Piazza San Marco in Venice, a delicate “bing” crepe in Shanghai, or a potato taco with homemade salsa in Guatemala, She enjoys every bite as if it were the fruit of a paradise. Her best friend on her journeys is her Zagat, and her Instagram account is full of various specialties from all over the world.

Profilna-BIGA

 

MARIJA ICEVIC, our Production Director and Project Coordinator, is a type of tourist who stops in the middle of the sidewalk and stares up at the buildings. A tourist who stops in the middle of a crosswalk to stare at her map. A tourist who stops and stares at the top of an escalator, wreaking havoc on all those behind her, and 90% of them are architects with Wallpaper City guide as a Bible. Dude, just keep walking.    

Profilna-CILKA   


DIJANA VUCINIC, Founder and Program Director of KotorApss, or our very own business traveler. Between increased airport security and reduced airline services, there is much thrill left in business travel. Or at least that’s what she says. Although she is constantly complaining about her cellphone roaming charges, she enjoys charging her Apple gadgets at airport lounges.

Profilna-DIJANA

 

JELENA SCEPANOVIC, Project Assistant or diva of Kotor APSS. Does not travel unless it’s a 5-star all-inclusive hotel. Her favourite place in the world is a resort-type hotel, with several outdoor pools, with the waiters keeping the cocktails coming. We presume that she might be in prison, but she denies it while taking a sip of her expensive pink cocktail.  

Profilna-JELENA

 

JELENA LONCOVIC Project Assistant of KotorApss who loves hiking and mountaineering. She plans her travels with the help of Airbnb. She doesn’t go anywhere without her backpack, which is always full of all kinds of small things, for which we, ordinary people, do not really know the purpose. Her dream is to sit around a campfire on Mont Everest, with a cup of exotic tea that is picked on the way up.   

Profilna-LONCOVICKA     

 

LUKA BOSKOVIC or Art Director of APSS, as he prefers to be called, is a living example of “paradajiz tourist”. He travels nowhere without his Hawaiian shirts and a handheld mini fridge full of “domestic products”, because cans full of meat and watermelons are nowhere as good as in Montenegro. And no, that’s not how he dresses at home.           

Profilna-LU

 

MILICA BUBANJA one of our Project Assistants. She never travels on her own, and always uses travel agencies. She enjoys sightseeing, and finds special pleasure in the company of her tourist guide’s yellow umbrella. She always carries bottled water, a spare hat, and extra batteries for her camera. We have just one question for Milica - Is that umbrella really necessary?   

Profilna-MILICA     

 

JOVANA MILJANIC Despite the fact that she found the meaning of life in selfies she is our Project Assistant and Student Coordinator. She enjoys sunsets, because they provide her with the perfect lighting for the new profile picture. Her selfies are flawless. She can live the house without makeup, but not without her selfie stick.    

Profilna-MILJANICKA      

 

NEMANJA MILICEVIC our Tech Support is a real party animal. If there’s a party out there, you can count on Nemanja to be the first name on the guest list. You can easily recognize him thanks to his signature moves on the dance floor, and sunshades that he never takes off. The last thing he usually hears in the early morning hours is - “Go home, Nemanja. You're drunk.”

Profilna-NEMANJA

 

 

In 2015 KotorAPSS is introducing KotorAPSS Forum, final event of the first, four-year long cycles and it will be held July 14 - 18. In KotorAPSS Forum with symposium and panels discussions we intend to extend the conversation about the city and cultural and built heritage within, as well as on how we design and plan for tourism - What is the future of tourism in relation to architectural design, city development and branding and what is about to change in city planning in an era between all-inclusive and Airbnb?

Montenegro still has many developing investments in tourism and we have hotels and architectural heritage of the post-war period - public spaces with much unused potential that represent challenging projects for our society. Development of these spaces is not only dependent on political agenda of local and national governmental structures, or urban plans and revitalization projects that are in place. Framework of the future development of Montenegrin city should be citizen participation and crowd sourcing through initiatives, think-tanks, as well as cultural programs that open new possibilities for city spaces.

JULY 14
Start @20.20 h
Café Havana, Old Town Kotor

PechaKucha Night

Miroslav Boljevic
Marija Zivkovic
Blazo Milic
Daniela Starovic
Matija Vukovic
Jovana Miljanic
Milo Radonjic
Janko Scepanovic

JULY 15
Start @ 19h
Jugooceania building, Kotor

Cryptomnesia exhibition by photographer Yuri Palmin
@ 19.30h
Yuri Palmin, photographer, Moscow

 

APSS FORUM final July 17 & 18

JULY 17
start @ 17h
KINO BOKA

opening note
Dijana Vucinic / Kotor APSS founder and program director

Bostjan Vuga / SADAR+VUGA, Slovenia
Sonja Radovic Jelovac / Studio Synthesis, Montenegro
Branislav Mitrovic / MITArh, Serbia

APSS cocktail @ 21h
KINO BOKA

JULY 18
start @ 10.30
KINO BOKA

Juergen Mayer H. / J.Mayer H. und partner, Germany
Luise Rellensmann / UNCUBE / BTU Cottbus, Germany
Tatjana Rajic / Expeditio, Montenegro
Simon Hartmann / HHF Architects, Switzerland
Ian Anderson / The designers republic, UK
Anasstasia Smirnova / SVESMI / STRELKA, Russia/Netherlands
Milan Tomac / ENOTA, Slovenia

APSS party @ 20.30
Jugooceanija

All events are open and free of charge but you must register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PEOPLE

 

Dijana Vucinic

Dijana Vucinic is a practicing architect and has recently started an interdisciplinary architectural practice DVARP, with projects that range from urban design to residential buildings and theater stage design. 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. Kotor APSS 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. APSS is imagined as a platform for further research and development of urban structure in these cities. For her work she has received several awards. Vucinic is also one of the authors of the exhibition “Treasures in disguise”- Montenegro Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 201. She writes for several periodicals and scholarly publications in Montenegro. She is a cofounder and member of Urbanism and Architecture Association of Montenegro and has done many research projects for Ministry of culture and Ministry of sustainable development and tourism in Montenegrin Government.

 

Bostjan Vuga / (KotorAPSS program advisor)

Bostjan Vuga graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana (1992) and continued his post graduate studies at the AA School of Architecture in London. In 1996 Jurij Sadar and Bostjan Vuga cofounded architectural office SADAR+VUGA. Over the past fifteen years it has focused on open, innovative and integral architectural design and urban planning. He regularly lectures at architectural schools, conferences, and symposia in Slovenia and abroad. In 2003 he was a studio tutor at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He was a visiting critic at AA London, the Bauhaus Kolleg in Dessau, the IAAC in Barcelona, the ETH in Zürich, the UniversitätfürAngewandteKunst Wien and the Academy of Visual Arts Vienna. Bostjan Vuga is currently guest professor at the Adip, TU in Berlin.

Simon Hartmann (KotorAPSS program advisor)

Simon Hartmann pursued his higher education at ETH Lausanne, TU Berlin and ETH Zurich. From 2000–2003, he collaborated with the architectural firm Rolf FurrerArchitekten, 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.

Yuri Palmin

Yuri Palmin started his career in 1989, soon becoming known as an architecture photographer. He has worked with many leading architects and worked for famous magazines and publications such as AD Magazine, Vogue, World Architecture, RIBA Journal, Icon Magazine, Domus, Abitare, Speech, Project Russia and many others. Palmin has illustrated many books on contemporary and historical Russian architecture and has also been a co-author with the famous artists AlyonaKirtsova, Alexander Brodski, Vladimir Efimov and S. Leontev.

Sonja Radovic Jelovac

Managing Director of Studio Synthesis architeture and design ltd. Graduated at the Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade in 1998. Attende the postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad – section Modern architecture in class of Professor RankoRadovic 1998-2000. Completed Master studies at the Faculty of Architecture LudovicoQuaroni, University La Sapienza in Rome in desk for “Planning, designing and re-qualification of urban space of developing countries” in 2005. Currently enrolled 2nd year of PhD studies at the faculty of of Architecture LudovicoQuaroni, University La Sapienza. Worked at University of Montenegro Faculty of Architecture from 2005-2008. Member of Chamber of Architects of Montenegro and Union of Architects of Montenegro. Cooperates with many international associations, groups and studios in the field of urbanism, landscape design, bioclimatic architecture and interior design. Participated in many conferences, workshops and international manifestations from mentioned areas. Leading architect and founder of Studio SYTHESIS architecture and design and CAU- Center for Architecture and Urbanism since 2008.

Branislav Mitrovic

Branislav Mitrovic is a professor at Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade. He's one of the most renowned architects of the new generation who contributes with his workin the field of architectural practice, as well within the field of education and research. He has done more than 140 architectural competitions and been awarded more than 90 times.

Jürgen Mayer H.

Jürgen Mayer H. was founded in 1996 by Jürgen Mayer H. in Berlin. Jürgen Mayer H. studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and Princeton University. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide and is part of numerous collections including MoMA New York and SF MoMA and also private collections. National and international awards include the Mies-van-der-Rohe-Award-Emerging-Architect-Special-Mention-2003 ,Winner Holcim Award Bronze 2005 and Winner Audi Urban Future Award 2010. Jürgen Mayer H. has taught at Princeton University, University of the Arts Berlin, Harvard University, Kunsthochschule Berlin, the Architectural Association in London, the Columbia University, New York and at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Luise Rellensmann

LuiseRellensmann 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. Luiseis a correspondent for Uncube – digital magazine for architecture and beyond.

EXPEDITIO

EXPEDITIO is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization founded in 1997 by six students of architecture. The organization was officially registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Montenegro in 2000, under No 868. EXPEDITIO office is situated in Kotor, Montenegro.

EXPEDITIO is a member of EUROPA NOSTRA, the largest Pan-European organization for the protection of architectural heritage, and of SEE Heritage Network.

Since 2005, EXPEDITIO has been represented in the National Council for Sustainable Development of Montenegro.

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson escaped to the north to study philosophy at The University of Sheffield at a time when Human League and Cabaret Voltaire ruled the airwaves. His company, The Designers Republic, is known the world over for its innovative design approach and originality. Never one to shy away from opinions, we took some time out with Ian to get his unique thoughts on life, the universe. For the last 25 years, The Designers Republic has occupied a unique position in the international graphic design scene. Its designs and slogans such as ‘Work, Buy, Consume, Die’ and ‘Design Will Eat Itself’, and numerous genre defining record sleeves inspired generations of creatives. 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.

Anastassia Smirnova

Anastassia Smirnova is a researcher and writer. She is a Program Director at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design one of the most innovative and advanced contemporary educational institutions. Anastassia worked as a playwright and journalist: her Afisha guidebook to Amsterdam has been multiply reprinted. Smirnova lives in the Netherlands where, together with Alexander Sverdlov, she founded SVESMI, the first Dutch-Russian office for architecture, urbanism, and multidisciplinary research.

Dean Lah i Milan Tomac - ENOTA

Enota was founded in 1998 by Aljosa Dekleva, Dean Lah and Milan Tomac with the ambition to create contemporary and critical architectural practice of an open type based on collective approach to development of architectural and urban solutions. Over the years Enota has been constantly developing and from the beginnings it has served as creative platform for more than fifty architects. Since 2002 Enota’s partner architects are Dean Lah and Milan Tomac. Constant changes and new complex situations in the world around us drive Enota to think about new ways of architectural and urban organization. Today, Enota is known as one of the most significant architectural practices of the new generation.

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