R2.1 is a multi-media and publishing company for the 21st century specialising in urban resilience industry,
knowledge transfer, the art and science of influence, content curation – mapping - case-study methodology.
Miran Norderland

R2.1 team
(Sarajevo – London)

Suada Kapic

Art Director
Davor Vidovic

Asja Hafner

© R2.1 (June 2014)

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SARAJEVO 1914-2014:
1 City – 3 Wars – 1 Olympics = 1 Lesson

… is a 2-sided Poster / Map-Infographic that includes both textual and graphic elements for the purpose of informing, educating and visually communicating a particular event.

Even though we have used digital tools to transcend our mapping methodology, we have opted for a print format - a ‘human-touch’ experience. In the age of Web 2.0 such serious, interesting and educational topic such is Sarajevo 1914-2014 deserves our Analogue-Attention.


2014: the world is acknowledging 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.
The Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in SARAJEVO on 28 JUNE 1914 was an event that TRIGGERED WWI.

Sarajevo is a unique city in the sense:
that it had 3 Wars and 1 Olympics in one century.
that it shaped the beginning (triggering WWI) and the end of the 20th century (longest siege in modern history of mankind).
that it has 1 important lesson for the rest of the world: “What happens in Sarajevo, it does NOT stay in Sarajevo!”

The shots fired in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 may have been at short-range, but their effects have had long-range consequences for the rest of the world. As such, the history books tend to reflect on ‘Sarajevo Assassination’ as an event that ‘triggered’ the First World War (WWI). But Sarajevo story did not begin, or end, then and there. After all, this is the city that had 3 Wars and 1 Olympics in a single century. For its size and relevance within the geopolitical matrix, one would not expect Sarajevo to re-emerge on the international scene at the magnitude as it did back in 1914. But it did. In 1984 the city hosted highly successful ‘XIV Olympic Winter Games’, and in 1992 Sarajevo became a global phenomenon for 1,395 days - as it endured and defied the longest Siege in the modern history of mankind.

In 2014, the city finds itself at the crossroads of international media and public attention as the world marks 100th anniversary from the beginning of WWI. This unique alignment of time and space demonstrates what happens when the causes of the First World War meet the consequences of the city’s most recent past – the Siege!

Historical anniversaries are powerful reminder of our duty to learn from the past mistakes, and to preserve the integrity of the events from political manipulations. As such, one should not miss the opportunity to reflect on two World Wars from the perspective of Sarajevo’s most recent history. After all, the beginning (1914-1918), and the end (1992-1996) of the twentieth century were marked by the events that culminated in Sarajevo. Therefore, it would be misguided, and counterproductive to reflect on historic events whilst ignoring their contemporary setting. Only when these two converge, we can truly advance the Culture of Remembrance of our collective past.

Mapping SARAJEVO 1914-2014 is an educational and informative project intended for an eclectic international audience: schools; academia; journalists; analysts/researchers; international organisations and NGOs; libraries & archives; educational-cultural sectors; visitors to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina & Southeast Europe; and the general public.