Ime i prezime: Richard Lee Peragine
Richard Lee Peragine graduated from the University of Ferrara, Italy, in March 2018 with a first-class degree in Architecture (110 cum laude). His final dissertation was a study on peri-urban settlements in Sarajevo. (Resilience and Reconciliation. Rethinking public space in the mahalas of Sarajevo. The case of Širokaca.)
He has spent time studying in Lisbon and working in London (Hawkins-Brown) and Brussels (Label Architecture). He is particularly interested in post-conflict urban regeneration.
Res nullius, res communis
What if suddenly the IEBL border were to change?
Most borders you can’t actually see, they’ve been agreed on as a mathematical convention. They divide South Korea’s sea from North Korea’s, Baarle-Hertog from Baarle- Nassau, the desert of Libya from that of Sudan. Some others are visible such as the walls between Israel and Palestine or Mexico and the USA. What it boils down to is that most of the time they divide space where there isn’t or shouldn’t be a division.
Borders are the ground zero for migration and anti-migration. The IEBL is a perfect example of an absurd self-defeating border and as such one can easily imagine reshaping it.
For instance, what if during the DPA the Croat-Muslim Federation and the Republika Srpska hadn’t managed to settle on the border across Mt.Trebevi? as they did?
The project proposes an alternative border transforming an intangible barrier into a physical space by a visual redefinition of the bobsleigh track. From 0 width, the IEBL becomes 2 metres wide: a no man’s land for every man, a space of freedom, a melting pot for the world’s displaced. By 2050 who knows what kind of settlement might form on it, underneath it or above it.
While Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina are made up of two uncommunicative entities, all urban plans, architectural ideas or future land use proposals are faulty. The idea is to transform a symbol of past aspirations and failed internationalism, violent conflict and murky diplomacy into an emblem of tolerance and freedom.