Parallel Sprawl / Learning from Pristina
Summer school within the framework of the Kosovo Architecture Festival
2nd to 13th July, Pristina / Kosovo
Most of the urban discussions that are taking place in Pristina today are around the large scale projects going on in the Lakrïshte district or the construction of a Great Mosque. While both developments are symbolically important, the former placing Kosovo in the map of global capital and later in the cosmology of global Islam, the real needs of Pristina citizens rely most probably in the improvement of the living conditions of its conspicuous suburbs.
This workshop addresses the study of urban sprawl and the possibility for its improvement with fresh eyes, retracting from the dogmatic view against suburbanisation that pervades in European academia. While acknowledging its issues and challenges, a new understanding of urban planning in a post-human condition, i.e. taking into account that we’re not any longer designing cities specifically for the human being but for all species on the planet, takes us to consider the advantages of those urban situations where the natural-artificial divide is less defined. The new set of options and constraints provided by new technologies and environmental challenges calls for a complete re-thinking of the way we inhabit the planet.
On the other hand, the specific recent history of Kosovo has created a suburban landscape that, while remaining problematic, reveals some of the possibilities that can be achieved when collectives and constituencies take themselves the challenge of building their dwellings in the lack of strong public, a scenario that might become more common in other European cities.
The aim of the workshop is to create a detailed analysis of the most characteristic typologies of suburban habitat encountered in 5 different neighbourhoods of Pristina, as well as the uses of its public spaces strictly by using tools specific to the architectural profession (drawing, collage) and others (photography, film, story-telling). The work will continue with the proposal a series of quick actions or urban recipes that could cheaply improve the living conditions immediately after the workshop ends. Finally, the students will be asked to create a speculative scenario that helps bring together the communities around a shared vision for their future.
LINK TO FULLY DETAILED PDF DOCUMENT (soon)
To apply for the Summer School please send an e-mail with your name, affiliation, country from which you will be travelling as well as a short portfolio and CV as one single PDF of max. 10 MB to email@example.com
The 20 participants will be contacted via e-mail until 26th of June 2018 and will receive further instructions to complete their registration. Contribution fees for admitted international participants are of EUR 150 to be paid within the deadline of 1st July 2018.
The applicants must guarantee their presence during the full program unfolding from 2nd to 13th July.
18th June 2018
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
The Parallel Sprawl Summer School is open to young people worldwide, studying in the field of Architecture / Design / Urbanism.
Participants should bring their own lap-top computers. WLAN is freely available.
Admitted international participants are asked to pay a contribution fee of EUR 150,- (incl. taxes) including a two-weeklong design studio, 10 lectures and studio material; snacks on site, a roundtrip trough Pristina, a goodbye party and a Diploma for each attending student.
Travel expenses, accommodation, local transportation, meals and extra studio material are not included in the fee.
The payment of the fee is a condition for admission to Summer School.
All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for any visa required, and are advised to contact their national embassy.
All participants are responsible for their own insurance, including travel and health insurance.
Kosovo Architecture Festival
S11 H1/4 Pristina
Valentin Kunik & Guillaume de Morsier
The office is founded in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2010 by Valentin Kunik and Guillaume de Morsier. Gathered around their common interest for a critical and committed architecture. They work at the scale of the territory as well as the scale of the installation. Currently their projects are dealing with the future of living and working, new manufacturing spaces and the design of multifunctional landscape infrastructures. They are developing an architecture that connects people together, and also to physical elements and living organisms. They work primary with soil, water, climate, meteorology and materials that are renewable and bio-sourced.
Trained as architect and urban designer, I am currently working as an architecture broadcaster through Actar publishers and urbanNext.net. Tracking down cutting edge architecture and urban practices at a global scale, I aim to build collective narratives for a new generation of digital native and multicultural professionals acting across nations. My work editing and producing content is supported through the production of books and the organisation of public exhibitions and events.
FUTURE ARCHITECTURE PLATFORM
In 2015 the Future Architecture Platform was founded as the first pan-European platform where architecture institutions, festivals, producers and young creatives from various disciplines discuss ideas for the future of architecture and our cities and bring them closer to the wider public.
20 institutions from 16 countries are creating an individual program of exhibitions, conferences, lectures and studios and document their results in books and on the web. The focus is on dealing with visions for the future of architecture in Europe.
For 2018, 212 ideas by 492 creatives from 43 countries were generated by the Call for Projects. In February 2018 the 25 most interesting projects were presented at the so-called Matchmaking Conference in the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
KOSOVO ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL
Kosovo Architecture Festival is organised by the Kosovo Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Future Architecture Platform. KAF is an annual event and its main objective is to present to the local architecture community and the general public the contemporary global theories and methodologies in the field of architecture and urban planning.
Kosovo Architecture Festival is the largest event of its kind in Kosovo with more than 40 individual activities in numerous cities in the country. This year the event will be held from the 3rd of July till the 3rd of October in Prishtina, Gjakova, Peja, Prizren, Mitrovica and Ferizaj.