#AoPJUBA – Architecture of Peace_

“Sustainability must be ecological (about resources, geography, geology, weather, landscape, etc.) but there’s also a social sustainability, a symbolic sustainability, a psychic one, etc. This implies that participation is a very important step, because architecture and urbanism have more than just a deep impact on politics (Aristotle explained why politics enters the very definition of a human being). The way and the time a city is built makes the polis: it IS politics. A masterplan falling from above is in more than one sense a totalitarian act, because worse than a political party it will stay there for generations, imposing its framework upon all possible human relations in that space”. Stefano Serafini 

#AoPJUBA brings together active participants from the government, aid agencies, architectural organizations, community services and development cooperations to share knowledge and experiences and to promote the recovery of the local community through sustainable reconstruction of the city. Simultaniously #AoPJUBA both introduces new technologies and also works with local partners in culturally rooted methods to creatively and effectively reach both large national and international audiences. It aims at creating a lasting contribution to concrete problems in urban development and in the establishment of peace building initiatives.

Key initial #AoPJUBA gatherings may be in the form of two workshops; one taking place during the africa:reload convention in July 2014 in Weimar – initiated by icebauhaus Weimar – the other taking place at the University of Juba in September 2014. These will lay the groundwork for a broader conference in Juba that invites political authorities, international agencies and civil society groups into the discussion.

Both workshops address the notions of Open Source Urbanism and the use of, and access to, Open Educational Resources (OER) in both planning and development. These areas of activity form parts of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations and advanced through the work of the UNESCO. The project seeks to apply the MDGs to the reality of sustainable urban development and existence by supporting the reconstruction of urban zones in post-conflict zones on the basis of community interactive and Open Source methodologies and the ideas inherent to participatory Open Development solutions.

Base material for the project comes from the existing AoP (Architecture of Peace) exhibition by the ARCHIS Foundation, which will be expanded further in a Juba segment and end in the conference in Juba after the second workshop. AoP is an international project that includes case studies, interventions, university research, debates, exhibitions and publications that support the reconstruction in post-conflict areas, the improvement of intercultural dialogue and the preservation of peace.

Workshops and conferences held by #AoPJUBA will be catalysts for action in political and public awareness, faciliate precise strategies for civil and administrative structures and encourage individual initiatives. Concepts and toolkits can also be applied and transferred to other post-conflict areas.