Anatomy of Islands Workshop Lastovo 2018


18–25 September 2018


When discussing the common good, we start from four basic questions: how is belonging to a community (that manages the common good) defined, what does the common good consist of, when and under what conditions can it be used, and what is the best method of managing it. To all those seeking answers to these questions, islands are an interesting destination: due to their spatial limitations, island societies have always tended to use co-operative and flexible models in dealing with available resources, while exposure to permanent and temporary migrations required constant questioning and reinterpretation of the concepts of community and the communal. It could be said that the definitive, strict border (of the island) leads to softer and more dynamic internal borders, which in turn result in complex and, in terms of ownership, temporally fluid spaces and their networks – which are the central topic of this workshop.



On the micro-local level, from the typology of settlements to engineering solutions, the Island of Lastovo offers relatively unexplored but vital examples of sustaining life on the island throughout its multi-millennial history, including examples that could and should provoke re-thinking of the future spatial and social models. The tradition of communal use of restricted resources on Lastovo is an example of self-sustainable management of agricultural land, maritime domain, traffic infrastructure, communal waste, water supply infrastructure, traditional events, and even tourism, as a relatively recent phenomenon that results in the seasonal character of the settlements as well as their multi-functionality, thus posing an additional conceptual and planning challenge.

The location of the project assignment is Selo, a medieval but still functioning, although partly abandoned settlement located on an inland slope of the island. An architectural and urbanistic element of vital importance in Selo is sular – a large terrace on the first residential level, typically enclosed by benches forming a sitting area shaded by a pergola. Each neighbourhood has one communal sular. Sulari are also important gathering points along the route of the procession in the traditional annual carnival event, the Lastovo Carnival, when they are open for everyone. Along with paths and squares, they form a complex network of spaces with richly layered identity determinants. They can serve as a map providing insight into the historical character of the whole community as well as the very idea of communal, private and public realms. Permanent and temporary inhabitants of Selo incorporate their own narratives into these already hybrid spaces, gradually changing and adding to the network. Identifying it anew, determining its contemporary character, and speculating on its modifications are tasks for observation and action.



As part of the workshop assignment, students will work with interpretive maps of a network of town areas suitable for various forms of communal use to study existing practices of management and conditions of use of those areas. Subsequently, they will design minimal spatial reconstructions, but also propose new forms of individual and collective creative work and "performative actions" that could enrich and strengthen the communal networks embedded into the physical structure of the settlement. On the large scale, it will be necessary to identify various groups that make up the dynamic mosaic of the community and define its connecting characteristics. On the small scale, using the example of the Carnival, additional forms of interaction and collective action could be formulated, inspiring non-commercial cooperation and dialogue between those groups, including tourists, seasonal workers, various categories of “rooted” population, and recent “newcomers”. The results should form a mosaic made up of a concrete spatial concept suitable for hosting suggested social practices and of a less tangible but still deliberate economic micro-model that would facilitate the financing of the planned activities and would constitute a form of egalitarian and solidary interaction. The local community should gain useful guidance, concrete plans for reconstruction or adaptation of buildings, planned interventions in communal spaces, proposals for inventive models of preserving sulari and public gardens, places for sharing personal stories, places for building new identities.



The workshop is intended primarily for students of architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, humanities (especially cultural anthropology and history), performing arts and economics. Participants will receive extensive workshop materials to prepare for assignment work and will be led in the analysis and design phases by an international and interdisciplinary team of mentors. Several expert lectures will be held during the workshop, and guest lecturers will take part in the internal design presentations. A public presentation will be held at the end of the workshop.


E-mail for applications:

Application documentation:   CV and cover letter

Application deadline:             30 June 2018

Registration fee:                    150 HRK or 20 Euro

(Includes participation in the academic and practical programme of the symposium and the workshop, excursion and closing party)



  • Toshiki Hirano, University of Tokyo
  • Elisabeth Luggauer, Würzburg University
  • Aleksander Saša Ostan, Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture
  • Sano Satoshi, Eureka Architects and Keio University, Tokyo



  • Davisi Boontharm, Meiji University, Tokyo
  • Sara Jurinčić, independent architect and filmmaker, Zagreb/Zadar
  • Nevena Kereša, independent architect, Vienna
  • Darko Radović, Keio University, Tokyo
  • Nenad Starc, Zagreb Institute of Economics
  • Sean Turner, LAG5, Lastovo



  • Mariana Bucat, Dobre Dobričević Association
  • Ana Jeinić, Anatomy of Islands
  • Diana Magdić, independent researcher and activist




September 18th

  • Registration of participants
  • Introductory speeches by guest lecturers

September 19th

  • Presentation of the workshop topic and program
  • Introduction of organizers, supervisors, guest lecturers, and critics
  • Introduction to the context and location of the project task in the form of a guided field visit
  • Introduction into the methods of ethnographic research

September 20th–23th  

  • Morning lectures by workshop leaders and guest lecturers
  • Field research and group work on the project task
  • Interim presentations of projects with workshop leaders and guest critics
  • Organized dinner with representatives of the local community

September 24th

  • Public presentation of projects/Exhibition opening

September 25th

  • Organized leisure activities




September 18th


Nenad Starc

Insularity vs. Islandness: An Emerging Issue in Island Development


Sean Turner

Understanding Lastovo: Geographic Perspectives on Island Life and Functioning


Darko Radović + Davisi Boontharm

Some Thoughts About Starting the Project / All About Drawing


September 19th


Diana Magdić and Ana Jeinić

Welcoming address/Introduction of mentors and guests


Elisabeth Luggauer   

Perceiving Cities: Ethnographic Methods for Research in Urban Spaces


September 20h


Sara Jurinčić

Integration between Tourism and the Local Population / Shaping New Public Spaces within Tourist Destinations


Nevena Kereša

ReVillage: Revitalisation of Rural Architecture along the Adriatic Coast


September 21st


Toshiki Hirano

Questions of Aesthetics


September 22nd


Sano Satoshi

Small Spaces as the Public/Private Interface


September 23rd


Saša Ostan

Specific View on Mediterranean Archi-Culture and Islands


Student presentations 2018.


Works of students at Lastovo workshop 2018.

Look at the student papers in the NEWS section of 6.11.2018.



Financial support