Island of VIS

Anatomy of Islands – Centre for Research and Development

Rehabilitation and reconstruction proposals for public spaces on the island of Vis



Selected projects


Boško Budisavljević

Restoring the abandoned

Islands are full of buildings, landscapes, paths, beaches, forests, plants, trees, animals, military facilities, and production plants that are often left to decay. Local communities and profit-hungry individuals frequently disregard their potential and start building new apartments and hotels.

The Anatomy of Islands – Centre for Research and Development association from the island of Vis created a five-year programme entitled “Anatomy of Islands 2012-2016”. Through symposiums and student workshops, we tried to present to the public the potential for rehabilitation and restoration of beautiful but unused buildings and agricultural areas.

This effort has been recognized by the professional community and the association won the most prestigious professional recognition awarded by the Zagreb Society of Architects – 2016 ARTUR (Architecture-Tourism) award. This catalogue and accompanying exhibition presents nine most successful project designs that came out of student workshops and one completed project.


Boško Budisavljević

From initial idea to final figures

It took five years of intense island life on Vis to conceive the five-year programme entitled “Anatomy of Islands 2012-2016”. The core of the programme were the symposiums covering topics relevant to islands in general and workshops in which specific project proposals were made for certain Vis areas. The symposiums dealt with historical themes, revitalisation and rehabilitation of island settlements, current state and the future of island villages, and alternative modes of tourism.

In workshops, which took place immediately after the symposiums, mixed groups of students of architecture from various countries created proposals for the improvement of the present situation and incorporating new, original content based on existing “material” and spatial configurations.

Four symposiums and workshops resulted in approximately one hundred presentations of national and foreign experts in very diverse disciplines and 24 student projects created by some one hundred students.

At the first symposium in 2012 – Introduction to the Anatomy of an Island – there were 13 lecturers from Japan (2), Italy (1), Great Britain (1), and Croatia (9).

At the second symposium in 2013 – Insular Towns - from Antiquity to 21st Century Challenges – there were 14 lecturers from Japan (1), France (1), Italy (2), Greece (1), Australia (1), and Croatia (8). The side programme included an exhibition “View of Vis – Sketches” by Davisi Boontharm and a presentation on “Potential for Growing Exotic Fruits in Croatia”.





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