Dubrovnik’s center is surrounded by walls dating back to the 7th century. Though these were originally constructed to protect citizens from bellic invaders, the walls acquired a new kind of enemy in the era of post-turism: The low cost planes and cruise ship tour packages. Aware of the touristic pressure on local life, the city of Dubrovnik held a contest inside the framework of Europan 2011.
The contest asked for proposals to re-activate the area around one of three main gates to the city center, by requesting a design for a new public building. Against all rules, we formulated a counterproposal, which ended up founding an urbanistic lemma that would define us in the years to come: Back To Citizens.