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Green Design Day #3: Sarajevo BH

Dynamic and inspiring Green Design Biennale Day in Sarajevo was filled with optimism just one day after the Green Design Week in June. The event was initiated by the founder of the Green Design Centre for South East Europe and Sarajevo Green Design Foundation, and GTB Lab, Elma Durmisevic, who elaborated on the importance of multidisciplinary work on the challenges of decarbonisation, while focusing on the creation of new rules, design and behavioural codes that will reverse the downward spiral of climate change.

Green Design Day, through Elma Durmisevic's introductory lecture, highlighted the beauty and necessity of the transition to a circular economy, the role of design, digital tools (EU Project Digital Deconstruction) and the efforts of individual stakeholders. UNDP Head of Innovations Marina Dimova presented how UNDP as a global player acts locally with tailored action plans to help individual countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina transition to a circular economy. During the debate, the Chamber of Commerce presented examples of how industry is preparing to adopt CO2 measures proposed by the EU ahead of local regulators. The Chamber of Engineers pointed out that subsidies will be essential to help industry adopt circular processes and become competitive, individual NGOs talked about green and circular certifications to help shape policy.

Finally, architects, urban planners and fashion designers showed how sometimes unimaginable scenarios are possible when combined with creativity, new techniques and the adoption of digital technologies. Many thanks to Sanela Klaric for the fantastic chairing of the day and the debate, to the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo, Prof. Aida Idrizbegovic for the great hospitality, to Senada Demirovic Habibija and Renata Asceric Androsevic for the inspiring summery of design studios and to Naida Vilic for once again presenting a great slow fashion concept and design with reused fabrics.

Many thanks to the inspiring panel Dalida Zečić, Ismar Ceremida, MBA in Circular Economy, Vedad Suljic CETEOR, Mirsad Jašarspahić, Venera Simonovic, Jasminka Bjelevac, Nihad Harbas.

The event, in cooperation with UNDP and the Green Building Council, brought together stakeholders from the public and private sectors, city authorities, chambers of engineers and commerce, architects and students from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo.

​GREEN DESIGN BIENNALE is a dynamic multidisciplinary platform that brings together designers, architects, urban planners, ICT experts, engineers from all over the world every two years, with the aim of promoting new design principles and solutions that pave the way for eliminating the negative impact of modern civilization on the ecological systems of the planet. The Green Design Biennale was initiated by the President of the Green Design Foundation (SGDF) Dr. Elma Durmisevic creator of the Innovation Park for Circular Building in Southeast Europe (Green Design Center Mostar), in order to strengthen awareness and scientific capacity in the transition to a circular economy.

Sarajevo is the third Green Design station, after Banja Luka and Tuzla, where the Green Design Day (GDD) will be organized after Green Design Biennale Mostar 2022. The Sarajevo Green

Design Biennale Day will focus on circular building design and circular building economy in construction and will be organized in cooperation with UNDP, GTB Lab and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Sarajevo. The participants will be introduced to Green Design Biennale 2024, the Green Design Centre and SGDF's pathways to support development of a resilient built environment.

Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the Green Design Biennale Day panel on circular building design (in the organization of the SGDF and UNDP), visit the International Exhibition presenting Circular Architecture from the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the student workshop exhibition, attend a green Fashion Show and taste a Green Cocktail.


THEME: Circular Economy and Design

Location: Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo


17:00 - 17:25 Opening of the Sarajevo Green Design Biennale Day 2023

  • Address by the creators of the Green Design Biennale and the Green Design Center for South East Europe, Dr. Elma Durmisevic, Founder of Sarajevo Green Design Foundation and Director of "Laboratory for Green Transformable Buildings" and 4D Architects Amsterdam

  • Address by Marina Dimova, UNDP Integration and Innovation Team Leader

  • Address by Vice Dean for International Academic Cooperation of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo, Aida Idrizbegović-Zgonić

17:25 -18:15 The role of design in Circular Economy”

  • Introduction to the Panel, Circular Building Design Elma Durmišević SGDF, GTB LAB, 4D architects

  • The importance of design in circular business models, Ismar Ćeremida, Sustainable Growth Team Leader, UNDP

  • Panel facilitated by Sanela Klarić

  • Participants: Dalida Zečić Kanton Sarajevo, Vedad Viteškić Canton Sarajevo Dvelopment Planning Institute, Maja Halilović Biodesigner, Hanadi Džabić RCB Nanotechnologija, Ismar Ćeremida UNDP, Vedad Suljić CETEOR, Mirsad Jašarspahić, Chamber of commerce, Jasminka Bjelevac, Nihad Harbaš Chamber of engineers FBiH, Venera Simonović Green Building Council

18:15 – 18:35 Opening of the travelling exhibition Green Design Biennale

  • Presentation of student works, workshop mentors: Senada Demirović Habibija and Renata Androšević

  • Address by the representative of the students

18:35 – 19:00 Green Fashion show, design Naida Vilić

19.00 - Green Cocktail


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