Kotor is an ancient fortified city located in a secluded bay on Montenegro's Adriatic coast. It has been Venetian, Austrian and—most recently—part of the former Yugoslavia. Today, as part of an independent nation, it's narrow streets, small squares, and warm stone buildings define the character of a UNESCO World Heritage Site which, each summer, becomes one vast cruise terminal as tourists arrive in their droves to bask in it's dry heat and spectacular natural environment. At this time, however, it also plays host to KotorAPSS (Architectural Prison Summer School) – an eight day-long gathering dedicated to infusing contemporary cultural life into the city by means of temporary architectural installations. Located in an abandoned, part-derelict prison built during the occupation of the Austrians, the brief faced by the twenty-six participants this year was simple: to design and build "temporary structures that have to be set-up quickly but can also become part of the public space, part of the community, part of the program, and a point of interest for visitors and tourists." The primary material: rope, produced locally; the mentor: Nikola Radeljković of Numen / For Use.
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