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Rebuilding MostarUrban Reconstruction in a War Zone$
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John Yarwood

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239031

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313905

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Urban Planning

Urban Planning

(p.28) Chapter 4 Urban Planning
Rebuilding Mostar
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This chapter examines the urban planning process for Mostar. It suggests that the urban planning work was not a great success if one measures it in terms of ‘deliverables’ actually delivered. However, it could be said that the entire Mostar project was one vast optimistic experiment; one would not need to be very cynical to see it as ‘a triumph of hope over experience’. This optimism is based on the fact that the locals on both sides believed in planning — apparently quite strongly, and they proved that in action. After about eighteen months the EU had gone through a considerable learning curve in Mostar and discovered that once the humanitarian emergency is past, the task of repairing the institutions and processes of urban management is, if anything, even more basic than the repair of damaged physical objects.

Keywords:   European Union, Mostar, urban planning, urban management

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