9th International Green Design Biennale in Mostar

Activity: EventsConference


At the invitation of Prof. Elma Durmisevic Baker-Brown was asked to present a Keynote Address in person
at this international Green Design Biennale held in the historic town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Baker-Brown also contributed to teaching and design workshops with architecture students from Sarajevo University.

The 9th Green Design Biennale organised by Sarajevo Green Design Foundation and City of
Mostar brought together international networks and knowledge, in the field of green and circular
design, into a unique multidisciplinary, multi-layered and creative events which is marking the
October days in Mostar. Green Design Biennale involves all scales of design from product scale to
urban scale. Number of exhibitions, lectures, town hall discussions and workshops will be organised
that will address the state of the art in sustainable design and dilemmas that product-design, interior,
graphic design, multimedia, architecture, urban design, production industries are facing in the 21st

Sarajevo Green Design Foundation’s objectives through this International manifestation were to:

- highlight the role of a good quality design in the modern world;
- bring focus to sustainability and green design;
- bring together designers, academic institutions and manufacturers;
- inspire new types of collaboration that will provide more intelligent and green design solutions.
- promote development and results from innovation platform and creative laboratory for green design in Mostar.

Spacial part of this year’s program will be the opening of the first phase of the Innovation park for
Circular and Green Building Design (Green Design Centre for South East Europe) in Mostar. GDC has
been initiated and founded by Elma Durmisevic Founder and President of Sarajevo Green Design
Foundation with support of City of Mostar and Dutch Ambassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Green Design Centre is to become educative public information centre showcasing new concepts and
technical solutions for the realization of Dynamic and Circular building concepts and circular use of
building materials, water, food, and energy within the built environment. As such Green Design
Centre is envisioned as a Innovation Park and design Laboratory.

GDC is showcasing reuse of historic sites and promotes methods to transform and revitalise historic
buildings and site by reusing existing structure/ fabric as a socio-cultural and material backbone that
sustains the identity and the meaning for the new dynamic programs. GDC building itself is a true
showcase of such approach. It provides place for community involvement through co-creation
sessions. It promotes eco urban / permaculture development / local food production. It promotes
use of green on and around the building for water absorption, cooling effects and air quality and
there are different measurements that are taking place in and around the GDC.

GDC contributes to developing a knowledge. It is a LAB and a platform for testing and monitoring
built environment and will support decision making and strategy development for Sustainable Cities
and Communities.
Period12 Oct 202226 Oct 2022
Event typeConference
LocationMostar, Bosnia and HerzegovinaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Circular Cities
  • Circular Economy
  • Reuse
  • Reversible Design
  • Architecture
  • Pedagogic Models