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Posted by  Marcia Pereira on January 09, 2003 at 06:13:48:

Dear All,

Prof. Gerd Junne asked if I could help disseminating the info below. They are interested in examples of "Architecture of Peace", as explained in the text, for publication.

This is an interesting theme for the start of this year, which begins with the threat of a war against Iraq, unveiling unpredictable consequences. Is there a role/roles for architects in the process of generating and keeping peace? What would this be?

Cheers, Marcia.

“Architecture of Peace”

Many societies slowly emerge from violent conflict (or are still in the midst of it). Architects may play a role not only in the physical reconstruction of war-torn countries, but also in the reconciliation process. We are actually looking for examples of an “architecture of peace” in places like Sarajevo, Kosovo, Cambodia, El Salvador, etc. We are looking for realised examples or plans for the design of official buildings, public spaces, or even whole villages, boroughs or cities which could help to bring people together, to support a process of integration (or at least peaceful cohabitation), a process of reconciliation and common identification. This could range from the design of playgrounds to community centres to whole landscapes. It could be individual monuments, emergency settlements, administrative buildings, public infrastructure or examples of urban planning that help to foster common interests, overcome dividing lines, stimulate mutual understanding, and create a space for regular exchange.

These ideas may initially be collected in an article, but may eventually in a more elaborate form be published in a more elaborate form as a separate volume in a book series on “Post-conflict development” (and in parallel be published on a website that will accompany an online course on this topic).

If you know of any concrete examples, please contact:

Prof. dr. Gerd Junne

Chair in International Relations

Political Science Department

University of Amsterdam

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 237

1012 DL Amsterdam

Tel. (+31) 20 525 2163 (2169)

Fax (+31) 20 525 2086

Home :

Europaplein 115

1079 AX Amsterdam

Tel. (+31) 20 646 41 53

Mobile: 06 29 53 13 47


The European Network University

Wibautstraat 224

Post Box 94603

1090 GP Amsterdam

Tel. (+31) 20 561 81 66 / 67



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