Bosnia and Herz.
Elša Turkušić (M.Sci. architect) works as a Senior Teaching Assistant at the Architectural Design Department of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo. She has been dealing with issues in the fields of architectural design, architectural research and the protection of cultural and historical heritage. She is a Bosnia-Herzegovina's voting member for ICOMOS International Committee on 20th Century Heritage.
Moving between numerous tangible study models and passing by huge photographs of the town of Rikuzentakata following the devastating tsunami, most visitors will be touched by the perception of the fragility of our lives, including architecture. Visiting this emotional and inspiring setting reveals a new and fresh view of architecture and its human power. The exhibition concept easily corresponds to the wider public, not only those involved in architectural production.
This movable and elegant installation metaphorically points out that the spatial concept is a continuous process of transformation, and that it should be observed from many perspectives. The realized inner spatial dynamics, based on a very simple but yet multilayered idea, highlight the importance of today's increasing need for re-using architectural and urban spaces. Also, this is one of the rare pavilions that encourages interaction among visitors.
Together the exhibition and the newly restored wooden pavilion by Alvar Aalto create a charming ensemble. This is not only from a physical aspect, which is indicated by the material domination of wood. Much more significant is the value of reading it as a continuity of evolving collective ideals and concerns, from Aalto through to the work of young architects today. It is therefore interesting to discover myriad diversity, through innovation versus formalism, as a part of a common whole.
Bosnia and Herz.