Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1986.
By the 1960s, the 16th-century historical core of the town of Mostar was physically deteriorated and commercially stagnant. It has since become revitalised and reactivated as a thriving business centre. Stari-Grad, the agency in charge of this restoration project, is a semi-autonomous organisation approved and subsidised by the Ministry for the Protection of Monuments and Nature of the Republic of Herzegovina in Sarajevo. Beginning in 1977, Stari-Grad spent three years documenting the historic centre. Subsequently it has undertaken the restoration of the river embankments, a 16th century Ottoman tower and bridge, a 17th-century clock tower, two mosques, a madrasa, private houses, a tannery and shops that date back to the 18th-and-19th centuries. The jury noted that the rehabilitation of this wide variety of building types "has been handled in an exemplary manner. All the restorations fit well into the general atmosphere of the old town and its homogeneous appearance is not disturbed; nothing is overdone or touristic."
Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme (formerly Historic Cities Support Programme). 2004. Conservation and Revitalisation of Historic Mostar. Geneva: The Aga Khan Trust for Culture
This brochure celebrates the completion of a five-year-long restoration and rehabilitation effort in the historic city of Mostar, carried out in parallel with the restoration of Mostar's most famous landmark, the Old Bridge [Stari Most]. While urban rehabilitation efforts are planned to continue after the opening ceremony of the Bridge, this document records and presents,in conjunction with the inauguration of the Stari Most, the considerable progress achieved so far.
From the very beginning,the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the World Monuments Fund [WMF] realised that the reconstruction of the bridge without an in-depth rehabilitation of the historic neighbourhoods flanking it on the picturesque Neretv riverbanks -- its matrix as it were -- would be devoid of context and meaning. Thus the whole work programme was shaped in such a way as to establish a framework of urban conservation schemes and individual restoration projects that would help regenerate the most significant areas of historic Mostar, and particularly the urban tissue around the Old Bridge.
Source: Introduction to Conservation and Revitalisation of Historic Mostar