Citizens have chosen the future look of the public space "Hastahana" in Sarajevo!
Results of public voting of citizens and publication of information about awarded authors!

The public vote by which the municipality of Centar Sarajevo called on the citizens to choose the conceptual design for the future appearance of the public park "Hastahana" in Sarajevo via the platform  closed yesterday, May 15, 2022, at midnight.

The concept with the most votes is "Sage: Space for Healing and Regeneration of the City of Sarajevo" by Jose Isturaín and Nadine Sam from "Isturaín + Sam Architecture", an architectural studio based in Panama.


On May 2, 2022, the Municipality of Centar Sarajevo invited citizens to vote for one of the three conceptual solutions, selected as the best ranked by the international jury out of 79 applications in the International Call for Proposals: Hastahana Innovation Challenge, organized by UNDP in cooperation with the Municipality of Centar. 977 citizens voted for one of the three awarded solutions. The results of the citizens' vote are as follows:

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* Municipality of Centar is 13.05. organized voting at the Hastahane location for local community residents in the public park environment, who were unable to vote on their own via the digital platform.

After the end of the public voting, the authors of the three winning proposals according to the choice of the international jury, were also revealed.


First place: "Live-Out", Sydney, Australia for the proposal "Nurturing the public life of the park "Hastahana"

Live-out is a young urbanism and landscape architecture design studio with a desire to embrace the sense of the community.

We challenge the ordinary concept of open space. 

We value the process in our design, and in the growth of urban life. 

We love to bring meaningful and thriving places for people and the local ecosystem.

Van Tan Quyen Le is an urban designer and landscape architect based in Sydney, Australia. With a diverse experience in infrastructure and public realm projects, Quyen is driven by an ambition to develop sustainable frameworks for resilient cities whilst enriching people’s lives through a focus on people-place design. 

Thi Anh Nguyet Tran is a landscape architect based in Sydney, Australia. During her early years of practice, Nguyet has been involved in a wide range of projects including residential, institutions, parks, and public domain. Nguyet is interested in public life and people-place connection with a passion for bringing diverse and meaningful experiences to the community. 

Second place: "Isturaín + Sam Architecture", the city of Panama, Panama for the proposal "Sage: Space for healing and regeneration of the city of Sarajevo" (winning solution chosen by the citizens)


JOSE ISTURAÍN (Panamá, 1981). Jose Isturaín is the cofounder of ISTURAÍN+SAM Architecture based in Panama. Architect from the University of Panama (2005), Master Degree in Design and Public Space at the Elisava-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona-Spain (2008), Course on Urban Management for Sustainable Urban Development, Kitakyushu-Japan (2015), and a Master Degree in Design of Urban Spaces, Architecture and Mobility at ESDesign, Barcelona-Spain (2022). Professor at the University of Panama (2013-2021). Professor of Urban Design Workshop at Isthmus. Former Deputy Director of the Urban Planning Department at Panama City Municipality (2014-2019). 

In 2013, he was selected at the JAP, the first young architect's exhibition in Panama. 

NADINE SAM (Panamá, 1992). Nadine Sam is co-founder of ISTURAÍN+SAM Architecture based in Panama. Architect from the University of Panama (2016) and Master's Degree in Architecture, Design, and Innovation at MArch Architecture and Design Program at the European University of Valencia, Spain (2020).

In 2013 she was selected to participate in the International Workshop of the ADU 2020 Program, held at the Faculty of Architecture of the National University of Bogota, Colombia.  

Third place: Selcuk Kismir, m.arch, for the proposal "Hastahana Park & Plaza"


Selcuk Kismir is an award-winning architect and lecturer based in Istanbul, Turkey. He studied Architecture at Yildiz Technical University and completed his degree as Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC, Barcelona.

During his time at IAAC, he experienced digital tools and parametricism in architecture for both fabrication and design. He has participated in various international lectures, produced different scales of experimental architecture, and completed international collaborative studios with SCI-Arc.

In his professional career, he worked as a project manager and lead designer in awarded projects of various scales, including national and international competitions. He founded Fabric.a Architects in 2017. The studio produces ideas and designs in different scales and fields from interior design to master planning and has been awarded in various national and international competitions.

He continues his career as the principal of Fabric.a Architects and visiting professor at different universities.

In addition to the awards, the jury awarded four honorary mentions recognitions, for the following solutions:

o   Eco-Commons Hub “Hastahana Park” - "Projekat V arhitektura" d.o.o. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

o   The paper plane- "INK Architects" d.o.o. Almaty, Kazahstan

o   Aesculapius- Kristian Paavilainen, Pyry Kuismin, Vantaa, Finland

o   Hastahana Bridge- “NRA Atelier” d.o.o. Podgorica, Montenegro

In the next two weeks, UNDP will publish all 79 proposed concepts on the Municipality of Center Sarajevo UrbanLab digital platform.

The next step in the process is the development of a detailed project task "Sage: Space for healing and regeneration of the city of Sarajevo" which will allow the municipality of Centar to continue the transformation of this public space guided by the vision and wishes of citizens.

Recognizing the expressed interest of citizens in participating in the (re) design of public spaces, the Municipality of Centar intends to continue the implementation of such an inclusive and transparent process for sustainable and "green" regeneration of streets, parks, squares, and other public areas.