HUMAN tower

Bauhaus Kollege VII PhD programme – “UN Urbanism” dealed with the transformation of cities in so-called crisis regions. Even after the end of the East-West conflict, disputes and the “petite guerre” still characterise world events. Today, organisations such as the UN, but also NGOs and a wide network of privately financed humanitarian aid organisations are confronted by very specific kinds of conflicts and crisis management scenarios. …

The programme “UN Urbanism”, using Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kabul, Afghanistan as examples, examined the phenomena of this process of urbanisation and devoted itself to, among others, the following questions: What role do international parties have to play in the reconstruction of “post-war cities”? What planning ideas and models and normative concepts of cities, civil society and public life do they bring with them? What kind of spatial models do these global interventions adopt, and what form do they take in their individual, local manifestations? How can urban planning with the participation of international parties help limit existing divisions and differences? source

Live act and the source of the Human tower artistic idea is based on the history of the spectacle and historical spectacles, Olympic associations, totalitarian demonstrations, carneval occassions or military formations – human bodies are used as a material for the most various “architectonic” constructions. Choreographic scores and drowen pattern are used to help envision a human structure – one of those formations which is created with the architecrual skills, the unity and the willingness of participating citizens.

By questioning a new urban logics on the microlocation, international influances and peoples needs, i descovered all kind of the memory “holes” and PTSP disorder trigerrs which are deep rooted in a new urbanism decisions and a hudge struggle of citizens of Mostar to make their “society vertical” again. Any further thought may influance that fragile vision.

2006 Human Tower