Casus Urban Playscapes Sarajevo, Studio Rađenović and Grad XXI Stoljeća, AF Sarajevo, Department for Urbanism and Planning

“Unavailability of the contemporary city to kids is at the same time unavailability of the city to all citizens.” Aldo van Eyck (1962.)

After the last war in Sarajevo, improving space between buildings and public space has multiple interpretations. Initiating urban activity increases the quality of housing and helps local initiatives, which ultimately improves relations between neighbors.

Twenty years after the war, situation hasn’t yet improved, and in some local communities it’s even worse than before the war. The weakest and the smallest among us (children) are ultimately paying the highest price for it. There are zero organized play spaces and playgrounds where children and youngsters can play and hang around. Cars as status symbols are getting most of the city planning attention, and are provided with the most prominent places in the city. It’s unrealistic to expect ban on any car usage in the city but it is possible to create optimal and functional parking solutions, and accordingly adjust traffic circulation.

After the collapse of previous political system, Sarajevo has entered into a transition period, where the ‘weakest’ social groups are being affected the most. The middle class barely exists, the upper class is the riches and at the same time the smallest of all social groups, while the largest group is made out of the poorest individuals including elderly people with next to nothing pensions. That being said, the poorest are the ones who use public spaces the most. This type of public space is becoming more and more scarce and occupied by cars and more buildings. The government pays more attention to economic and national (religious) interests, making the city a fertile ground for foreign investment that is used for building unnecessary shopping malls and other commercial buildings. This is becoming a trend where commercial centers use children as magnets for better business, introducing more closed playgrounds making them elitist, which means only children with financial background can use them.

The main goal of the workshop is to develop a number of possible strategies that can be used to encourage interventions on city level, which will improve public spaces. This strategy should open up new possibilities and show citizens possible life improving solutions. With that said, workshop will be a collaboration between local architects and experts from the Netherlands and Sarajevo. Besides knowledge, the Dutch tradition and experience in this field should help Sarajevo architecture students understand more about this topic. Collaboration between local community and the city (experts and designers from Municipality of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Sarajevo) is something that can contribute to quality solutions and ideas.

Studio Rađenović is already collaborating with Studio Zec, Filter Architecture and Studio Non-Stop, and all have good contacts with platform LIFT which is currently working on creating common grounds to include local communities in creating their own projects. Close collaboration has been made with the Department of Urbanism and Planning at Architecture School of University of Sarajevo which is also participating in the workshop.

Workshop: PlayTime

Panel discussion The Learning City will use the results of the PlayTime Workshop to initiate discussion based on following topics:

- privatization of public space in the city
- social cohesion in the city
- the importance of availability of public spaces to children
- public space as space for education

Moderator: Saša Rađenović


NL – Yttje Feddes, Gert-Jan Wisse, Elger Blitz, Naomi Felder, Municipality of Rotterdam, Joke Klumpers, Albert ven Eer, Municipality of Amsterdam, Casper van Calsteren.

SA – Nasiha Pozder, Katarina Bošnjak, Aida Botonjić students (Grad XXI Stoljeća), Studio Non-Stop, Studio Zec, Filter Architecture, Zavod za planiranje KS, Nataša Pelja Tabori, Općina Novi Grad, Barbara Aneta Čičković


Yttje Feddes

Yttje Feddes (Amsterdam, 1953) is a leading Dutch landscape-architect. In 2008 she was appointed as the Dutch Governmental Advisor on Landscape for a four years period. Her office Feddes/Olthof landscape-architects is involved in some prestigious projects in the Netherlands, as the renovation of the famous Afsluitdijk, landscaping of new infrastructure and the design of several large parks.
Yttje Feddes was one of the designers of the Amsterdam IJburg Masterplan. She published the book ‘ Green forces’ about the public space of the Amsterdam Garden City Districts. Yttje Feddes is a visiting teacher at the Amsterdam and Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and has been a member of several jury’s for design competions, like Europan, Archiprix and the Eo Wijers competition for regional design. She is the the chair of the Quality Team for the Room for the River project IJsseldelta and a member of the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment.

Nasiha Pozder

Born on 12th of May, 1978.

2013. PhD in Technical sciences filed Architecture and Urbanism. Sub-field: Sustainable urbanism.

Graduated on Architectural Faculty, University of Sarajevo in 2003. Subfield: Urban planning

Employed on Architectural Faculty, University of Sarajevo since 2004, on Urban planning and urban design Department.
Member of Sarajevo Green Design Festival since 2010 as Sub-coordinator and Coordinator of international workshops, consultant at Green Council, Friedrich Neumann Foundation and UNDP.

Member of Board for urbanism and allocation of building land at City of sarajevo, Municipality Novi Grad Sarajevo, Municipality Center, Sarajevo and Cantonal Assembly of Sarajevo Canton.

Active on international projects, international cooperation and workshops, on international conferences all in field of urban and spatial planning, sustainable development and smart cities.

Gert-Jan Wisse

Gert-Jan Wisse is landscape architect. He studied at the MMU in Manchester (UK), Larenstein (NL) and the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (NL). Landscape and public space serve as a medium for human interaction.

Naomi Felder

Naomi Felder is an architect, educated at Delft Technical University. After a decade of working in renowed offices in The Netherlands, OMA, Bosch architects and SeARCH she founded her own office bureau feld. There she is working on both building and research projects. All projects within the office originate from a fascination for cities and their inhabitants. And are based on the conviction that well designed spaces make happier people. In 2012 Naomi initiated the design and research project ‘Family in the city’, because she believes that families are essential in keeping cities liveable and attractive for all inhabitants. The project focuses on the meaning of urban living for children and their parents and the brief we as designers can take from that. Resulting in a book: ‘De nieuwe generatie
stadskinderen, Nai010 (in Dutch only). Naomi combines her work as an independent architect with raising 3 children in the city of Amsterdam.

Elger Blitz (1964), Carve

Elger Blitz is the founder of and senior designer at Carve. He accidentally got involved into designing play-scapes in the early nineties. He has more than 25 years of experience
in relevant projects in public space. His cross disciplinary and renewing approach on designing spaces from the perspective of play has proven to anticipate on actual demands and trends that are outstretching beyond the relevance for urban spaces for children and youngsters only. He handles design tasks multidisciplinary, switching easily between different scale levels. His unconventional approach and distinctive ideas on designing for urbanity makes him a key note speaker at different occasions in the Netherlands and abroad.



Saša Rađenović - moderator

Saša Radenovic (1970) founded the Amsterdam based Architectuurstudio Radenovic in 2012. After graduating as an architect at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam, he worked on various architectural projects, ranging from the scale of an urban plan, residential buildings, private houses to interiors.
Architectuurstudio now mostly investigates in researches and project that both serve architectural and public spaces in cities. The studio investigates in new ways to organize ideas and integrates both the programmatic and functional requirements of spatial environments. The context, the history and the people inhabiting the space play a central role in the projects.
Saša Radenovic is also a lecturer at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam and the coordinator of Archiprix Balkan as a part of Archiprix International.