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Sonja Lakić

https://sonjalakic.wordpress.com/

Save Ljuboje 38, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Human being. An architect and a researcher. Holds a PhD in Urban Studies. In love with the humankind and the (patterns of the) everydayness across the world. Operates across different disciplines and scales. Works visually, practices unconventional ethnography and does storytelling mainly through photography. Interests: the post-socialist urban transformation; privatisation; homeownership; (right to) housing; informality; urban commons; building narratives; buildings as living archives.

Apartment Biographies: a travelogue; a book; an architectural (hi)story.


The tale of the everyday life of the post-Yugoslav cities and socialist modern mass housing narrated through the eyes of the privatised and self-modified apartments.

Apartment Biographies: a travelogue; a book; an architectural (hi)story.


The tale of the everyday life of the post-Yugoslav cities and socialist modern mass housing narrated through the eyes of the privatised and self-modified apartments.
Intimate residing experiences: notes on social upheaval, freedom, power and demographic change.
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

In the last three decades, hundreds of thousands of individuals contested the original architectural design of modernist mass housing objects across the former Yugoslavia by self-modifying their dwellings and illegally glazing their balconies.

“Apartment Biographies” visits the lives of these rebel residents and describes the contemporary intimate rituals of converting housing into a home. These individual residential portraits bring to light the perplexed love affair between people and dwellings, contemporary morals and ethics and new housing typologies. This is a thought-provoking story that defends housing as home, dwells on the future role of architects and stands for an innovative multi-disciplinary research method.

“Apartment Biographies” serves as a gentle reminder that, even in the most turbulent times, one is entitled to dream: everyone is an architect of our own destiny, even when the good life of ours comes in a form of a glazed balcony.


Apartment Biographies: a travelogue; a book; an architectural (hi)story.


The tale of the everyday life of the post-Yugoslav cities and socialist modern mass housing narrated through the eyes of the privatised and self-modified apartments.

Apartment Biographies: a travelogue; a book; an architectural (hi)story.


The tale of the everyday life of the post-Yugoslav cities and socialist modern mass housing narrated through the eyes of the privatised and self-modified apartments.
Intimate residing experiences: notes on social upheaval, freedom, power and demographic change.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

In the last three decades, hundreds of thousands of individuals contested the original architectural design of modernist mass housing objects across the former Yugoslavia by self-modifying their dwellings and illegally glazing their balconies.

“Apartment Biographies” visits the lives of these rebel residents and describes the contemporary intimate rituals of converting housing into a home. These individual residential portraits bring to light the perplexed love affair between people and dwellings, contemporary morals and ethics and new housing typologies. This is a thought-provoking story that defends housing as home, dwells on the future role of architects and stands for an innovative multi-disciplinary research method.

“Apartment Biographies” serves as a gentle reminder that, even in the most turbulent times, one is entitled to dream: everyone is an architect of our own destiny, even when the good life of ours comes in a form of a glazed balcony.



Idea by

Sonja Lakić
Save Ljuboje 38
Banja Luka
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Human being. An architect and a researcher. Holds a PhD in Urban Studies. In love with the humankind and the (patterns of the) everydayness across the world. Operates across different disciplines and scales. Works visually, practices unconventional ethnography and does storytelling mainly through photography. Interests: the post-socialist urban transformation; privatisation; homeownership; (right to) housing; informality; urban commons; building narratives; buildings as living archives.