“New Issa – world centre for island life and culture”


Having completed the initial five-year programme (2012-16) Anatomy of Islands is about to begin its new five-year cycle (2018-22). Building upon the experiences and results accrued during the first stage (which include 110 research and expert presentations, rich discussions with the locals, 24 student research-design projects and international exhibitions) our focus moves towards concrete ideas about the future. The key problems of today, such as seasonal character of activities which reduce tourist season to only two months a year, depopulation and the lack of year-round activities which could support full island life, have pointed at the need to concentrate our efforts at an ambitious, “New Issa – world centre for island life and culture” initiative, which would provide incremental, but steady build-up of improvements and innovation.

An overarching aims of “New Issa” are to establish workable continuities with the rich past of the Island (which dates back to ancient Issa, a Greek town founded at the island in the 5th century b.c.e.), and help stimulate the latent potential and transform Vis into a veritable 21st century island. Since its beginning in 2012 Anatomy of Islands was associated with Smart Island Initiative, through which Professor Radović and his research laboratory at Keio University, Tokyo, promote ideas closely related to this concept, which are based on dialectisation of environmentally and culturally responsible and responsive technology, quality of life utilising both traditional ways and the latest innovations in architectural and urban design and technology

“New Issa” has the capacity to become a significant, perhaps the key case-study for Smart Island Initiative. At Vis, the initial emphasis would be on establishing flows between the original Greek, local foundations and innovative, global programmes, embodied in the World Centre for Island Life and Culture. Around 100 states around the world either include or are entirely located on islands (eg. Japan). The “New Issa” initiative would seek contacts with these countries and their island cultures, establishment of cultural exchange and a concrete project at the site of Ancient Issa, as a trigger project to be developed in the period 2018-2022.

While fully aware of the ambitious scope of this initiative, the foundational optimism of Anatomy of Islands and success of the first phase of Symposia and Workshops remind that, proverbially, “every journey starts with the first step”. Here we invite you to join Anatomy of Islands in making that step, at a modest Symposium, conceived in the original, Greek sense - as an open discussion about the “Possibilities and Realities of the World Centre for Island Life and Culture Initiative”. The Symposium will be held in towns of Vis and Komiža, in the period 11-14 September 2018. This invitation is directed to a group of participants in the Anatomy of Islands 2012-16, a select group of experts who can help identify, further develop and refine relevant ideas, and students who would both learn and help concretise some of the ideas discussed.

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Boris Čargo On urbanism in Issa in light of new archaeological research

On urbanism in Issa in light of new archaeological researc
Boris Čargo Archaeological Museum in Split Zrinsko-Frankopanska 25 CROATIA, 21000 Split
UDK: 711.4 (398 Issa) (210.7 Vis) (497.5 Vis) Original scientifi c paper Received: 26. 2. 2016. Accepted: 5. 12. 2014


This work contains the results of research which has been ongoing in the south-east section of Issa (intra muros) in recent years. The remains of two streets with a north-south orientation (stenopos), and three insulae have been found thus far in the course of this research. The fi rst remains of houses were found in the insulae, of which not one has been thoroughly examined, so this work is based primarily on the researched sections of the street and the organization of space inside the city. In addition to a brief overview of the course of research, which has contributed to a better understanding of urbanism in Issa, the text contains a discussion of the stair-like streets and the gutters in them, while previously unknown data on the streets of Issa found in the western section of the city during research from the late 1950s are also published. This is followed by discussion of the size of the insulae and observations on house I in insula I (I, 1) are provided in preliminary form. A new view of the Issa urban layout is also presented, together with comparisons with similar urban planning solutions in southern Italy, Epirus, northwestern Greece and southern France.
Key words: Issa, urbanism, per strigas, residential block, insula, street, stenopos, house



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