The Architecture Prison Summer School
Named after the mothership of KotorAPSS – an Old Austrian prison building, seeks to redefine the approach on urban planning and design in the region. It is located in Kotor, UNESCO site on the coast of Adriatic sea.
Since 2012 Kotor APSS has attracted thinkers and architecture scholars from all over the world and involved them not only in educating future architects of the Balkan region but also in forcing communication and public discussions with the intention to spark change on many levels.
Every year KotorAPSS gathers architects, designers, students and other visitors through various events. It stands out as the most important architectural event in Montenegro and one of the most significant in the region.
Through the past workshops and symposiums, KotorAPSS hosted about 60 lecturers and among them some of the most important contemporary architects of today, while the workshops have been attended by students from 16 countries.
For four years now the focus of KotorAPSS has been RE-USE and many research projects have been done, which eventually resulted in the creation of a Montenegrin pavilion at the XIV International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, and whose authors were KotorAPSS residents.
The pavilion treated neglected modernistic buildings in need of RE-USE and after 3 years this has resulted with the project of Dom Revolucije in Nikšić.
In 2016, KotorAPSS hosted two symposiums: RE-USE and THE DEBATE – the final symposium of the Solana Project – Montenegrin Pavilion at XV International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
The book RE-USE-ISM that sums up all the KotorAPSS projects will be presented in DOCOMOMO 2018 conference in Ljubljana. After the RE-USE series in KotorAPSS, we continue our journey with the topic of TEMPORARY in architecture – we have decided to break up with the permanence and talk about its significance in architecture.”