Time // 2017


Client // City of Dubrovnik / Urban Transcripts


Location // Dubrovnik, Croatia


Status // Urban Strategy


Type // Masterplan


Size // 13.000 m²


Bart//Bratke // Paul Clemens Bart, Marvin Bratke


Project Architect // Marvin Bratke, Antun Sevsek


Team // Petra Spilj, Maria  Lopez, Dubravka Pusic


Workshop // Urban Transcripts

// Creating a new neighborhood for holistic living in extreme topographical areas of Dubrovnik’s Srd mountain plateau. //


The masterplan envisions a unique mountain city that deals with vast spacial offers as incubator for a new low density development for the extension of tourist overbooked Dubrovnik. A complementary logistics network to foster local food production and the mountain’s agricultural functions, connecting the city to the Hinterland’s extreme topographical areas via Drone delivery systems and autonomous mobility network strategies is established on the Srd plateau..

Within an ever-more interconnected world the impacts of the transient flows of global tourism on urban societies, economies, nature, and the built environment, are both more intense and more diverse. They range from the prices of goods and the distribution of economic activity to the demographic mix and the operation of the land market.

In particular, in a climate of inter-city competition towards uniqueness and authenticity, cities, such as Dubrovnik, that can claim the quality of being ‘historic’, re-brand themselves, and are as much re-branded beyond themselves, as unique experiential landscapes, too often constructed on fabricated representations, commodified traditions, and a forged repetition of ‘the past’. This image of the city re-orders the city itself; global tourism both redirects the local urban development process and (ab)uses vital local resources for its own unsustainable maintenance and future growth. For local urban communities the risk is not only becoming subservient to the flows and ebbs of global tourism, losing their own self-generated vitality and particularity, but also less self-reliant and resilient in the face of future adversities.

Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of Adriatic’, is a world renowned tourist destination. The 0.18 sq km of its historic city, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, host more than 2 million visitors each year; a visitors-to-area ratio that beats Venice 5 times over.  While this explosion of tourism may seem relatively benign, even desirable as a newly discovered source of economic prosperity and cultural vibrancy, questions arise over the impacts of such a disproportionately scaled phenomenon on the city.

Making use of design and policy tools for shaping and managing space we shall aim to critically and analytically examine the effects of tourism on the city and to propose tailor-made urban design and policy solutions through which the relative advantages of Dubrovnik as a tourist destination can be used in a way that can benefit local communities and strengthen the city’s long-term socio-economic and environmental sustainability.