Social Issues & Background Mitrovica

Urban Development: Our Bridge, Our City

Cultural heritage, public space, urban development and the social fabric of a city are strongly intertwined and citizens are -directly and indirectly- the driving force of the development of their city. The Mitrovica Bridge is one of the most well-known and at the same time, one of the most controversial examples of ‘urban heritage’ in Mitrovica. Although a bridge is normally a symbol of connection, in Mitrovica it has become a symbol of division between the north and the south of the city. Being part of the common heritage, having it in sight on a daily basis, many initiatives have been undertaken to develop the ‘bridge zone’. However, decisions have been made outside the city affecting this area for many years, and recent changes have not involved consultation with local people.

This Activist Lab focused on the development of the bridge zone, including the riverfronts and adjacent commercial and residential areas on both sides of the Ibar / Ibri, and the crucial participation of the Mitrovica citizens in it. It aims to develop concrete and engaging public campaigns that will result in a flourishing bridge zone.