Schocks Of Change
Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Kees Christiaanse
Seminar Week Spring Semester 2017
Urban Planning and Development in Prishtina and Tirana
Due to their political circumstances in different periods of time, both cities have undergone significant urban transformations, representing processes that might be identified in many other Balkan cities. Processes that are driven by the change from a state-socialist regime to an open-market economy and liberal democracy. There are two main turning points identified in the urban development history of these cities, which lead to a phenomena of transformation shock, caused by: Therefore, on this trip, on one hand we will visit some fragments of the cities which evidence these transformation shocks, and on the other hand we will meet the representatives of the local authorities and/or civil society organizations to understand how do they currently deal with the engagement of different interventions and actors to mend and sew up fragments of the cities.
1. The socialist tabula rasa urban reconstruction as blueprint of a political ideology;
2. The post-war/post-communist massive informal development, outpacing the speed of changing planning regulations and development predictions (huge demand of housing after the war, internal migration, introduction of the real-estate market, etc).
Arriving to Tirana from Prishtina, the landscapes of both countries will be observed. In the city of Prizren, the cultural and traditional centre for both countries, different elements of natural and built landscapes coexist, by conserving and inheriting the multi-culturalism of the nation. Unlike Prishtina, in Prizren, it is possible to enjoy the harmonious coexistence of not only architectural and urban artefacts, but also of different ethnic groups.