This event is organized with the support of Europa Nostra and European Heritage Hub, in collaboration with the City of Mostar and the Pavarotti Center

In 2023, co+re urban and architectural design workshops will, in IDEAA organisation, under the title “UNESCO heritage paths”, open a new chapter in a larger international initiative related to regaining the right to the city and production of urban spaces for 21st century. Creatively intertwining theory and practice, these events will set the basis for two follow-up events of critical significance: the 20th anniversary of reopening of the Old Bridge (2024) and the 20th anniversary of UNESCO listing of the historic core of Mostar (2025).

 The 2023 workshop will explore ideas and scenarios for environmentally and culturally responsible enlargement, design and management of the World Heritage in Mostar, by decisive positioning in the idea(l)s of eco-urbanity, philosophy and theories of environmental and cultural sustainability and engagement, the practices of radical realism. Mostar still recovers from tragedies of its recent past. While the historic core has received its due recognition, many more and diverse bridges are still needed to celebrate and help heal the precious and unique social fabric of a noble city. The Bridge, designed and built by Mimar Hayrudin in 1566, retains the original cultural energy to gather and re(de)fine overall urbanity of Mostar. This year, the Partisan Memorial Cemetery designed and built in 1965 by architect Bogdan Bogdanović, the place with an equally tragic history and a culture-defining potential, has been included in Europa Nostra list of the Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe. Despite the sad reasons, that inclusion is formal recognition of the lasting value and exceptional importance of the Memorial – not only to Mostar, but to Europe at large. That nomination also reminds that the projects of the Modernist era are increasingly the subject of heritage protection. 

co+re 2023 heuristic design-research explorations will recall, explore, and project into the future synergies and links between these two sites of excellence which keep Mostar – Mostar. The Workshop will focus on urban spaces and practices connecting the two, at Michelangelesque spacing pregnant with energies for positive change.

List of lecturers:

Darko Radović

Darko is an architect and urbanist – a co-founder of co+re.platform for strategic thinking making and living better cities, which operates from Tokyo, Bangkok, Milano and Ljubljana. He is an Emeritus Professor at Keio University, Tokyo; Contextual Research Expert at Gehl, Copenhagen; Senior co-Chair of City Space Architecture, Bologna, and visiting professor at Chulalongkorn University – INDA, Bangkok and University of Ljubljana. 

Since 2010, with Davisi Boonharm he co-organises and conducts regular urban and architectural design workshops within the reaches of Adriatic SeaDarko has taught, researched, and practised urbanism and architecture in Europe, Australia and Asia. His books include “infraordinary Tokyo”; “small Tokyo”; “Subjectivities in Investigations of the Urban”; “eco-urbanity”; “Urbophilia”; “Cross-Cultural Urban Design”; “Green City”.

Davisi Boontharm

Architect, urbanist, and artist Davisi Boontharm is a co-founder of co+re.platform for strategic thinking, making and living better cities based in Bangkok in partnership with Keio University – Tokyo, Politecnico di Milano and the University of Ljubljana where she currently hold the visiting professorships. Her academic career stretches from France through Thailand, Singapore, Australia, and Japan. Davisi’s research books include Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, Creative Milieu”, “Small Tokyo,” etc.

Her passion for cities also finds its expression in artistic work. Her captivating sketches and paintings portray the special connection between herself and places. She has exhibited her works in Japan, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.

Amir Vuk Zec

In his 40-year long practice, the Sarajevo architect realizes objects of different scales with the same level of commitment, often relying on the context of the climate in which he creates, while not looking back at established dogmas and formalisms. It can be established that he is the natural heir and protagonist of the Sarajevo school of architecture, which is supported by numerous lectures and realizations in which he pays great attention to the layered architectural heritage, the aromaticity of the space, filigree details and finally the romanticized combination of all that.

In 1984, he won the national award “Borba” in cooperation with Mirko Marić Mar for the best realized interior of a goldsmith’s shop. It was a great incentive for all future creations and won awards such as the Collegium Artisticum Grand Prix for different types of architecture, and the AIT Award and A’design Award for Hotel Pino. The realization of Hotel Pino on Trebević in Sarajevo is also the most recognized project of Studio Zec, which is why it was nominated for the EU Mies van der Rohe award in 2017. and the Aga Khan Award in 2022. Through continuous work in the very unstable conditions of Bosnian architecture, Amir Vuk wittily used the phrase “Urgent architecture” and explained the context in which it was realized in such a vivid way.

In addition to architecture, Amir Vuk is the creator of numerous exhibitions, scenographies, publications, etc., which reflects his artistic attitude towards space and great energy in his daily activities, which earned him the nickname Zec. From 2022, he became a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina as the crown of his career for his selfless contribution to space and the creation of the recognizable “Smiling Architecture”.

Tetsuo Kondo

1975    Born in Ehime prefecture, Japan
1999    Graduated from Nagoya Institute of Technology
1999 – 2006  Worked at Kazuyo Sejima and associates, SANAA
2006 –  Established Tetsuo Kondo Architects
2020 –  Specially Appointed Associate Professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology

Ko Nakamura

Architect, Ph.D

Born in Tokyo in 1978, after graduating Nihon University (BA) and Waseda University (MA), he has been teaching at the University of Tokyo Kengo Kuma Lab, Waseda University Nobuaki Furuya Lab and Meiji University I-AUD. He received PhD with the research on “Food Truck Urbanism” on South East Asian streets, then founded MOSAIC DESIGN Inc. ( in 2011. He is trying to connect design and research, such as the “COMMUNE” project in Tokyo which is the place of corrective cultural small business, “Yokosuka Port Market” or “Taichung Heat Valley” etc. And he has recently published “POP URBANISM” to correct 36 samples of modernized markets in the world.

Rafael A. Balboa

architect PhD.

Current correspondent for Italian architecture magazine Domus based in Japan, Rafael has lived in Tokyo for 15 years. He received his Master degree from the University of Tokyo (Chiba Manabu Lab, former Tadao Ando Lab) and PhD Degree in the same institution under the guidance of Prof. Kengo Kuma. He is an Associate Researcher at The University of Tokyo and Keio University, and visiting lecturer in other architecture institutions in Japan and abroad. His ongoing research is related to the implementation and speculation of urban metaphors and diagramatic thinking, with specific focus on “Prostho-Urbanism” and “Urban eratology”. Member of the JIA (Japan Institute of Architects), he co-founded and runs since 2013 his architecture and urban design practice STUDIO WASABI, having developed projects from urban to domestic scales in Jakarta, Latvia, Mexico and Japan.

From 2017 he became Director of Casa Nano, an art residency in Tokyo part of Casa Wabi Foundation originally based in Mexico. the Foundation designed by Tadao Ando is a NPO receiving artist from all around the world and supporting local communities. Opening in 2014, the Foundation designed by Tadao Ando is a NPO receiving artist from all around the world and supporting local communities.

Manca Košir

Manca Košir, born in 1995 in Ljubljana, works in the field of architecture and publication, with a passion for revitalizing architectural treasures. Studied at University of Ljubljana and Keio University’s interdisciplinary co+labo.

Experienced in Slovenian and Tokyo architectural studios, and at the Institute for Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia. Collaborates with Kajža portal for heritage awareness. She was a member of the editorial board at Outsider Magazine and contributed to Ventilator Magazine creation. Researcher for Center of the Architecture of Slovenia and Dessa gallery exhibitions.

Sotaro Myatake

1991: Born in Kagawa prefecture, Japan
2014: Graduated from Keio University
2015 – 2016: Worked at Gehl Architects
2017: Completed Graduate School, Keio University
2017 – 2022: Worked at Tezzo Nishizawa Architects
(In charge of design for Hachinohe Art Museum)
2021 – 2023: Worked at Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo
(Project Researcher)
2022: Established Miyatake Architects and Partners, MAAP
2022: Worked at Keio University (Research Assistant)

Ana Medina

Ana Medina is Research Professor and Founder Director of the Master in Advanced Architectural Design (MADAA) at Universidad de Las Americas in Quito, Ecuador. She holds a Ph.D. in Architecture (2017) and a Master in Collective Housing (2012), both from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She received her B.Sc. in Architecture from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador.

Ana’s research is chiefly concerned with critically examining strategies and practices of collective space planning and design in relation to issues of privatization, informality, everyday human behaviour, and healthy spaces design. Her work makes contributions to the field of architecture and urban design by combining a wide range of both computational and qualitative design research methodologies like machine-learning and artificial intelligence in spatiotemporal and geospatial analysis and architectural ethnography, community engagement design, and dissident counter-cartographies.


Mei Morimoto

1994 – Born in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan
2017 – Graduated from Keio University
2020 – Finished master’s degree at Keio University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology
2020 – Working at RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE (currently living in Nagoya)

Edin Zoletić

Born in Vinkovci, Croatia, and studied architecture in Sarajevo before an Erasmus exchange in Stuttgart. My master’s thesis focused on ‘Housing Regeneration in 20th Century Buildings.’ Specializing in post-transitional architectural development with a keen interest in socialist and modern structures.

I gained valuable experience through an internship at Ackermann und Raff Architecture Studio in Stuttgart, along with a year as a teaching assistant at the University of Sarajevo. Currently engaged in diverse architectural projects at Studio Zec Office in Sarajevo. I’m committed to creating functional, eco-conscious designs for families, aiming to craft distinctive spaces with memorable silhouettes and conceptual foundations.

Hrvoje Bota

Born in Split in 1979, after graduating architecture at University of Zagreb in 2005. he has been working in urbanism in URBOS d.o.o., Split, then in 2014. founded ODRŽIVO d.o.o. Održivo d.o.o. / Permakultura, Arhitektura i Urbanizam.

Experence in urban planning, sustainable architecture, horticulture design, permaculture design and regenerative agriculture. Owner of a small regenerative market garden farm and a hempcrete house in Bisko, close to Split. Dedicated to developing regenerative living eco systems and comunities in urban and rural areas.

Vernes Voloder

Born in 1977 in Mostar, Vernes Voloder completed his schooling in the same city. He earned a degree in Communication Studies from the University of “Džemal Bijedić” in Mostar. He further honed his skills by graduating from the BBC School of Journalism and the London School of Public Relations. Since 1996, Vernes has been a prominent journalist, holding roles such as editor and collaborator at Omladinski Radio X Mostar and TVBiH.

He has also contributed to international news outlets, including Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. Additionally, he co-founded the Nansen Dialogue Center Mostar and has engaged in conflict resolution training both domestically and abroad. He’s an active member within international networks related to political culture, human rights, and leadership.


Tjaša Mohar Plavec

Tjaša Mohar Plavec finished her Masters Degree in architecture at University of Ljubljana in 2016. She has work experiences from London, UK (at Orproject from 2014 to 2015), Ljubljana, SI (at SADAR+VUGA from 2016 to 2017), Amsterdam, NL (at XML from 2017 to 2018) and in Tokyo, JP (at Sou Fujimoto Architects between 2018 and mid 2019).
In the second half of 2019 she founded Atelier Abroad Architecture alongside Matic Mohar, M. Arch.

“I was exposed to many different cultures and lifestyles around the world, and my
passion for improving the world through genuine architectural installments has never seized growing.

Founding AtelierAbroad brings me and my partner an opportunity to contribute to society, whilst creating our own architectural story. It’s brings evolving by doing.”

Matic Mohar

Matic Mohar finished his Masters Degree in architecture at University of Ljubljana in 2017. Prior his studies he took a one year work visa in New Zealand where he did his internship at Stephen Fitzgerald architecture studio. He has been involved with various business models in the past and has founded an architectural office Atelier Abroad alongide his partner in 2019.

He was a tutor and guest lecturer at Archiply, an architectural workshop held in 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. He is a cofounder and organizer of Atelier Abroad Workshop, held since 2022 in Bali, Indonesia and Ljubljana, Slovenia. “Teaching people how to grow and succeed is one of the most fulfilling things you can experience.”

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