Simon Battisti is an architect and teacher based in Tirana, Albania. His work focuses on alternative, critical approaches to development in spatial planning. Through teaching and independent research, he studies the nexus between tourism planning, migration, infrastructure, and self-management in coastal southern Albania.
In 2016, he was curator of “I Have Left You the Mountain,” the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which used singing to articulate ways in which patterns of departure have affected Albanian cities and towns for the past five centuries.
He is the founding editor of Very Vary Veri, a journal about architecture and urbanism based at Harvard GSD. He is editor of Flexible Leviathan: Reconsidering Scale and Fixity in Iztapalapa, Mexico City (Harvard GSD, 2016), with Diane Davis and Jose Castillo. He writes regularly about architecture and urbanism, most recently in Log, Clog, and many others.
Recent projects have been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the National Territorial Planning Agency of Albania (AKPT); the German Cooperation for Development (GIZ); the Institute for Democracy, Media, and Culture; and the Municipality of Tirana.
The lecture will be held on the 9th of September at Jakova Innovation Center, Gjakova from 7.00 PM