Tobias Gruber
Naš Dom
Brčko 2015

Twenty years after its “de facto” founding, the Bosnian state is still in a deep crisis. A missing unifying national identity, an equally ailing and complex constitutional and administrative structure, and an ethnic separation continue to paralyze the development of this state of four million inhabitants in the Western Balkans. The master’s thesis “Naš Dom”explores the question of the raison d’être of Bosnia and Herzegovina and investigates its numerous contradictory descriptions. This is led by a considera- tion of Bosnian history, ending with the recent past and the events that to this day continue to impact the formation of its society; that is, the Balkan Wars from 1991 until 1995. The thesis furthermore deals with psychological and philosophical perspectives of societal constellations and changes in terms of ethnicity, nation, and state, as well as the idealization of the nation state. Is there an argument for a transethnic and supranational state “Bosnia and Herzegovina”? Does this hypothetical state require a space of representation in the form of a parliament building? According to history, sociology, and political theory, at this point a spatial-symbolic dimension begins to be superimposed on the political- territorial—consequently leading us to “architecture” and its unique strengths. This (fictional) de- signated seat of government—in the city of Brčko—is where its parliament forms an open monument for a transethnic society of Bosnia and Herzegovina and becomes a stage for life, politics, and hope.

Graz Architecture Diploma Awards 2015

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