Ilijaš, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe
Year1952latitude: 43° 57'
longitude: 18° 16'
Initiator(s)Yugoslavian government and Jugocelik (Zenica based company)
Planning organizationpeople's committees
Nationality initiator(s)Yugoslavian
Designer(s) / Architect(s)Juraj Neidhardt
Design organization
Inhabitants20,000 (2022)
Target population
Town website
Town related links

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy

source: https://medzlis-sarajevo. ba/dzemati/dzemat-novi-il ijas/

source: INTI Day Report 2021


Nestled on the outskirts of Sarajevo, Ilijaš has experienced multiple stages in its development. The town can be split into 3 sections: the mediaeval settlements and the 19th century industrial developments (sawmill), the worker’s settlement of 1939 and the industrial complex (ironworks) established in 1952. This final development was instigated by a series of people’s committees.

Ilijaš boasts a layered heritage from mediaeval to industrial times, intertwined with nature and socialist housing. As time trickles by, Ilijaš is becoming a suburb of the ever expanding capital, Sarajevo. The new town now celebrates its industrial past and vast green spaces which are integrated into each community. The low density municipality (50-60 residents per square km) has 55% forest cover. The town of 20,000 people hopes to build its legacy of ecology through tourism.

source: INTI Day 2021 Report
Elsa Turkusic (Senior Teaching Assistant, Department of Architectural Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo)

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