Students attending the workshop "Alternative Tourism – New Tourist Facilities in Old Buildings" shall be divided into mixed groups with five to six participants. With a common strategy, i.e. approach to the workshop theme, each group shall work on multiple practical tasks.
Two of those project tasks shall focus on two characteristic areas in the town of Vis.
One is the area in front of the "Batarija" fort in the very centre of Vis, located between the Town Library, former Yugoslav National Army Centre, the kindergarten, the elementary school and high school, and the VERN building (former elementary school). For a long time the locals have wanted to put this area to use, but there were no concrete proposals. There used to be a park in front the fort, later a meadow with monuments to the World War II veterans from Vis. Due to strong winds, pines had to be removed for security reasons. (Photos 1 – 8)
In the master plan this area is designated for social purposes and lined with a range of cultural institutions. Making it appealing and contemporary while preserving the sense of history shall be one of the challenges the students will be facing.
The second area is the one above the Vis roundabout, i.e. above the town of Vis. Until very recently this area was overgrown with thick pine forest and maquis shrubland. Due to recklessness of some local inhabitants, a fire broke out and the large area was burnt down. The structure of former stone walls and vineyards became visible.
This created an opportunity to put this area, which has high visibility when approaching the town by sea, to good use. But what should be done? Vineyards could be rehabilitated, indigenous medicinal herbs planted, a botanical collection of the island of Vis could be organised, and the area turned into a social space accessible to visitors, which would tell stories about Vis. Perhaps a monument to the farmers of Vis in the indigenous environment?
This is the second task for which we expect creative student proposals. (Photos a – f)