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Bojana Papic and Yann Junod

LuftSchloss Collective

https://luftschlosscollective.com/

Zürich, Switzerland
LuftSchloss is an experimental international design collective co-founded by Yann Junod (CH) and Bojana Papic (SLO/BiH). We practice context-sensitive approach to architecture and socially sustainable urban design informed by research. Through different media, we seek to blur the boundaries between disciplines, situating ourselves in the space between urbanism, architecture, design and social sciences.

This Used To Be Our Home


an illustrated short story

This Used To Be Our Home


an illustrated short story
An experiment in new aesthetic forms of architectural activism and social engagement
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Situated within the wider debate on political agency of architecture, the project addresses highly politicised topics such as colonialism, climate change, and migration through a lens of traditional architectural drawing techniques and creative writing.

The fictionalisation and embellishment, through the mediums of fairy tales and architectural illustrations, re-contextualise and re-present the specific contemporary cases of invasion, transforming them into universal narratives. This allows for the narratives to be shared with wider audiences, while the dystopic undertones emphasise the alarming magnitudes of the political, ethical and environmental implications of the true events. Focusing on the human and non-human actors who are suffering the consequences of these events, the project gives voice to numerous marginalised actors and territories that are being colonised and exploited, and whose integrity is continuously threatened.


"As the stories keep multiplying we are growing less comforted and more resigned. This invasive power is too great to be opposed." (This Used To Be Our Home)

"It feels like we are losing the ground under our feet. The houses we lived in our whole lives are becoming foreign and our neighbours are turning into strangers." (This Used To Be Our Home)

"At first we thought it was just our village, but the stories are reaching us from all over the country. We are told of other absorbed fields, forests and towns, and divided cities." (This Used To Be Our Home)

"It seemed like it happened overnight, but in reality it was creeping up for months. Centimetre by centimetre. Since then, olive groves, orangeries and whole mountains have been swallowed by the fences. Every year one more family is either separated or reunited beyond that metal line." (This Used To Be Our Home)

"The film crew came again. After what happened, many came - ministers and presidents during election times, NGOs, international peace agencies and movie stars. At first we were happy to see them, to tell them about our predicaments, about the citrus groves we lost and the loved ones we have not seen in years." (This Used To Be Our Home)

This Used To Be Our Home


an illustrated short story

This Used To Be Our Home


an illustrated short story
An experiment in new aesthetic forms of architectural activism and social engagement
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

Situated within the wider debate on political agency of architecture, the project addresses highly politicised topics such as colonialism, climate change, and migration through a lens of traditional architectural drawing techniques and creative writing.

The fictionalisation and embellishment, through the mediums of fairy tales and architectural illustrations, re-contextualise and re-present the specific contemporary cases of invasion, transforming them into universal narratives. This allows for the narratives to be shared with wider audiences, while the dystopic undertones emphasise the alarming magnitudes of the political, ethical and environmental implications of the true events. Focusing on the human and non-human actors who are suffering the consequences of these events, the project gives voice to numerous marginalised actors and territories that are being colonised and exploited, and whose integrity is continuously threatened.


"As the stories keep multiplying we are growing less comforted and more resigned. This invasive power is too great to be opposed." (This Used To Be Our Home)

"It feels like we are losing the ground under our feet. The houses we lived in our whole lives are becoming foreign and our neighbours are turning into strangers." (This Used To Be Our Home)

"At first we thought it was just our village, but the stories are reaching us from all over the country. We are told of other absorbed fields, forests and towns, and divided cities." (This Used To Be Our Home)

"It seemed like it happened overnight, but in reality it was creeping up for months. Centimetre by centimetre. Since then, olive groves, orangeries and whole mountains have been swallowed by the fences. Every year one more family is either separated or reunited beyond that metal line." (This Used To Be Our Home)

"The film crew came again. After what happened, many came - ministers and presidents during election times, NGOs, international peace agencies and movie stars. At first we were happy to see them, to tell them about our predicaments, about the citrus groves we lost and the loved ones we have not seen in years." (This Used To Be Our Home)


Idea by

Bojana Papic and Yann Junod
LuftSchloss Collective
Zürich
Switzerland
LuftSchloss is an experimental international design collective co-founded by Yann Junod (CH) and Bojana Papic (SLO/BiH). We practice context-sensitive approach to architecture and socially sustainable urban design informed by research. Through different media, we seek to blur the boundaries between disciplines, situating ourselves in the space between urbanism, architecture, design and social sciences.