Ana Ivanovska Deskova, Vladimin Deskov & Jovan Ivanovski at KAFx12 & KIM Seminar

Ana, Vladimir & Jovan will be conducting the Tour of Modern Skopje and holding a lecture on their decade long study on the preservation & promotion of Skopje’s Modernism also exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Dr. Ana Ivanovska Deskova is an Associate Professor at the Department for Protection of Cultural Heritage, History of Architecture and Art at the Faculty of Architecture, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. She holds a Master of Science and PhD from the same institution. She teaches the History of Modern Architecture and courses related to the Protection and rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage. Her main research interest is the modern architecture in Skopje, especially the reconstruction of Skopje after the earthquake in 1963. She is the author of numerous research projects and exhibitions on architecture. Among others: „Atlas of the Macedonian Modern Architecture”, held in 2022 at Youth Cultural Center in Skopje; “The Role of the Women Architects in the post-earthquake Renewal of Skopje” held in 2022 in the Museum of North Macedonia in Skopje, “Future as a Project – Doxiadis in Skopje”, held in 2018 in Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, “Skopje – Architecture in the Macedonian Context”, held in Ringturm gallery, Vienna, Austria (2017), “Constructing a Modernist Utopia: The Architecture of The Post-Earthquake Renewal of Skopje, 1963-1981”, held in Gallery MC, New York City, USA (2017). In 2008 and 2014 she was one of the authors of the Macedonian National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. From 2016 to 2018, she was a member of the curatorial advisory board for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, for the 2018 exhibition ‘Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980’. 

Dr. Jovan Ivanovski is a Professor at the Department of Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He finished his Master’s Studies at Dessau Institute of Architecture in Germany (DAAD Alumni) and holds a PhD from the Faculty of Architecture, UKIM, Skopje. Practiced architecture in offices in Switzerland and Germany. His main research interest is the spatial transformation of Skopje during the period of the post-socialist transition. He is the author of numerous research projects and exhibitions on architecture. Among others: „Atlas of the Macedonian Modern Architecture”, held in 2022 at Youth Cultural Center in Skopje; “The Role of the Women Architects in the post-earthquake Renewal of Skopje” held in 2022 in the Museum of North Macedonia in Skopje, “Future as a Project – Doxiadis in Skopje”, held in 2018 in Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, “Skopje – Architecture in the Macedonian Context”, held in Ringturm gallery, Vienna, Austria (2017), “Constructing a Modernist Utopia: The Architecture of The Post-Earthquake Renewal of Skopje, 1963-1981”, held in Gallery MC, New York City, USA (2017). He was curator of the Macedonian National Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture, and one of the authors in 2006 and 2008. From 2016 to 2018, he was a member of the curatorial advisory board for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, for the 2018 exhibition ‘Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980’.

Vladimir Deskov is a Teaching Assistant and Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design, University American College Skopje. He holds a Diploma in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius Skopje. Currently, he is a Dr. Sci. candidate at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, Croatia. His primary research focuses on the modernization of Skopje, examining how economic, political, and social transformations impact the city’s architecture and urban development. He is the author of numerous research projects and exhibitions on architecture. Among others: „Atlas of the Macedonian Modern Architecture”, held in 2022 at Youth Cultural Center in Skopje; “The Role of the Women Architects in the post-earthquake Renewal of Skopje” held in 2022 in the Museum of North Macedonia in Skopje, “Future as a Project – Doxiadis in Skopje”, held in 2018 in Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, “Skopje – Architecture in the Macedonian Context”, held in Ringturm gallery, Vienna, Austria (2017), “Constructing a Modernist Utopia: The Architecture of The Post-Earthquake Renewal of Skopje, 1963-1981”, held in Gallery MC, New York City, USA (2017). In 2008 and 2014 he was one of the authors of the Macedonian National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. From 2016 to 2018, he was a member of the curatorial advisory board for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, for the 2018 exhibition ‘Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980’.

Architecture of the Utopian City: The Case of Skopje

Skopje is a city situated on a geopolitical crossroad, amidst cultural influences produced and overlapped by rising and declining civilizations. Over the course of history, the city – like the Balkans in general – has been subjected to irregular intervals of (unfinished) urban transformations. These circumstances created very dynamic socio-spatial landscape, rich of contradictory realities, which played a central role in the historic transformation of the city and its architecture.

The built heritage of Skopje is a vivid example of how diverse political concepts, different stages of economic and social development, international architectural movements and technological progress can influence the development of city’s architecture and urban landscape. At the same time, Skopje is an example how a certain historical event – ​​the catastrophic earthquake of 1963 – can become a possibility for the future; interrupting the rapid pace of post WW2 development, this instant natural act of hasty violence on the one hand destroyed nearly 80% of the city, but on the other, became a trigger for new, even more radical type of modernization.

The UN led post-earthquake reconstruction, propelled unprecedented international solidarity and was high in ambition – to promote Skopje as an exemplary global city. At the peak of the Cold War, at a time when the polarization between the two conflicting political blocks was at its highest, Skopje’s post-earthquake renewal process defined solidarity and cooperation as its leading principal. Previously local and unknown Skopje, suddenly became a field of international collaboration, where world’s prominent architects and planners (Van den Broek and Bakema, Kenzo Tange, Konstantinos Doxiadis, Adolf Ciborowski etc.) worked in parallel with authors from Macedonia and other parts of Yugoslavia. The city became a laboratory experimenting with the latest urban forms and architectural paradigms; consequently, the architectural output was not defined by a single style or aesthetic. It rather presented a vibrant pluralism of influences coming from around the world – Japanese metabolism, Dutch Structuralism, Brutalism, together with the continuation of the well-established modernist principles – all appropriated, digested and creating quite unique architectural identity. Built with high architectural ambition, introducing higher standard of culture, education and living, the buildings of the post-earthquake reconstruction of Skopje still remain to be the undoubtedly most powerful segment within its recent architectural history.

The tour as well as the lecture will be held on the 3rd of July 2024 in Skopje, Macedonia


César Bargues Ballester is an Associate Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles, USA. He is involved in several projects, including research, publications, and training activities, working towards the goals of the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI). His work on material conservation involves a study of the infill panels, a significant component of the Eames House building envelope, which is a continuation of the on-site investigations and assessments conducted by a multidisciplinary group of consultants and GCI staff members to inform the development of a conservation management plan for the site. Prior to joining the GCI in 2018, he was a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania, conducting research and managing multi-phase projects. Besides formal training in business disciplines, César holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an active member of various professional associations and serves on the SAH Strategic Planning Committee.

As part of the Keeping It Modern seminar and the Kosovo Architecture Festival Cesar will be holding several lectures on the Getty Initiatives and Conservation & Management Plans. For full details check the KIM & KAFx12 program.

Blerta Kambo at KAFx12

Blerta Kambo is an Albanian artist, activist, photographer and film maker based in Tirana. 

Her personal projects follow a conceptual approach, hinged around themes of social and environmental justice, archive, fiction/multiple truths, ecofeminism, and architecture embedded in space, expressing the underlying narrative in their social contexts.  Her 16-year commercial experience as a photographer includes documentary, architecture and politics (as photographer for Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama) also advertising, corporate and fashion.  In 2019 she studied filmmaking at the London Film School (UK) and is currently working more with the moving image, both in documentary/ narrative -fiction and video art. 

In 2023 she was a finalist for the Circa Prize, London, UK with her performance-video “Heavy stone”.  Her latest project ‘Man of the castle’, a contemporary allegory of gender justice, of feminism in defence of men, was exhibited twice in Tirana, to positive reviews.  She is a Member of AWA (Albanian women in audio-visual) and the Feminist Collective (Albania)

She is a 2024 LINA fellow with the Kosovo Architecture Foundation. Her object of visual research and artistic intervention is the ‘Palace of Youth’ in Prishtina. 

Her lecture will be held Friday July 5th from 18.45 at Kino Armata.

Ana Dana Beros lecture at KAFx12

Ana Dana Beros is an architect with a ‘critical spatial practice’ that encompasses artistic research, documentary filmmaking, curating, publishing/broadcasting, and exhibition design. She is based between Zagreb, Graz and Trieste. 

Co-founder of ARCHIsquad – Division for Architecture with Conscience and its educational program UrgentArchitecture in Croatia (2006-2015). Her interest in architectural theory, experimental design, and publishing as a spatializing practice led her to co-found the international platforms Think Space (2010-2015) and Future Architecture (2016-2021), and she is currently involved with LINA (2022-2025). As a LINA member, she curates DAI-SAI projects From Care to Cure and Back and Architecture of Cure, which investigate the critical architectural heritage of The Children’s Maritime Health Resort of Military Insured Persons in Krvavica. These projects aim to transform both material and immaterial environments from “spaces of common disease” into places of “common healing.”

Her lecture will be held at Kino Armata on Wendnesday 3rd of July 2024 from 18.45.

Amin Taha, Groupwork at KAF x 12

Amin Taha was born in Berlin and is settled in London, after graduating from the University of Edinburgh he worked in the offices of Zaha Hadid before setting up in private practice. He is chairperson at GROUPWORK, teaches architecture at the Royal College of Art, GSD_Harvard and its cross over into engineering at University College London. He is also a trustee at the Sir John Soane Museum and chair of the annual Soane Medal jury. 


GROUPWORK is an employee ownership trust of architects in which all are partners sharing responsibilities and income. This ethical foundation is followed through the work by understanding and apply structural, embodied carbon as well as lyrical properties of materials and broader social possibilities in architectural programs. Completed buildings going onto be three times selected and short-listed for the RIBA Stirling Prize and characterized by Rowan Moore, The Guardian and Observer architecture correspondent as “poetry through material assembly”.

Amin’s lecture will be held at Kino Armata on Wednesday 3rd of July 2024 from 20.00.

Cristina Steingräber at KAF X 12

Cristina Steingräber, a historian of art and architecture based in Berlin, is the cofounder and CEO of ArchiTangle, an independent publisher and digital tech start-up dedicated to socially engaged architectural practice and urbanism. Her academic and professional efforts focus on interdisciplinary knowledge transfer on how architecture can engage with other disciplines in shaping the built environment.

Initially a curator at the National Gallery in Berlin (Nationalgalerie), Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (SMB), Steingräber was appointed head of the SMB’s publications department in 2004. Thereafter, Steingräber spent more than a decade as program director and CEO of Hatje Cantz, a leading global publisher in the visual arts, photography, and architecture (2006–17). She possesses deep industry expertise, and as an expert in architecture history, bookmaking, and a technology enthusiast, Steingräber, with her firm, is introducing the integration of traditional print and cutting-edge technology through blockchain-based digital book extensions, adding a new dimension to knowledge transfer in the field. She holds a PhD in art and architectural history from Kiel University (CAU) alongside an MBA in Economics, focusing on innovation and digital transformation, from the prestigious TUM School of Management at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In 2023, Steingräber established a foundation. The aim of the ArchiTangle Foundation is to improve living conditions globally through digital knowledge transfer in the built environment. The Foundation supports projects in the fields of architecture, urbanism, housing, and human rights. It carries out its own projects and supports charitable initiatives by other organizations. Steingräber is frequently engaged as an invited lecturer, critic, and jury member in the fields of art, architecture and business development.

ArchiTangle is an independent book publisher and tech start-up. By combining traditional print books with innovative digital formats, ArchiTangle aims to disseminate and preserve architectural knowledge, ensuring its accessibility for future generations.

The core of ArchiTangle’s program focuses on publishing books that highlight architectural projects with substantial social impact, thus upholding cultural and ethical values in architecture. These publications explore how architecture can address pressing issues—such as urban and rural development, social justice, community engagement, and responsible building practices—and shape the built environment. By partnering with renowned institutions, architects, and artists, ArchiTangle produces publications that showcase innovative design while provoking thoughtful discourse on the role of architecture in society.

A key feature of ArchiTangle’s offerings is the deep-tech innovation Book+, which provides additional digital content to complement traditional print publications. The content is stored using cutting-edge blockchain technology. This exceptional approach ensures that information remains tamper-proof and accessible for generations to come, adding a new dimension to architectural publishing. Book+ enriches the readers’ understanding of the context, scope, and significance of the featured projects, providing ongoing insights and preserving the integrity of the data like never before.  

ArchiTangle’s commitment extends beyond the physical book, offering comprehensive publishing services that manage the entire process—from consulting, research, and content creation to graphic design, editing, and production. The goal is to make architectural publications cultural assets by maintaining the highest standards of quality in content and by focusing on sustainable material selection.

Sheridan Burke to present at KAFx12 and KIM Seminar

from the 1st till the 4th of July 2024, one of the most esteemed personalities in the world of Modern Architecture preservation, Mrs. Sheridan Burke will be holding several keynotes as part of the Keeping It Modern – New Perspectives for Modern Heritage in the SEE region, culminating with a keynote at the Kosovo Architecture Festival on the 4th of July at Kino Armata starting from 18:30.

Sheridan is a heritage consultant, based in Sydney, Australia, trained in planning and architecture. She has worked for government, corporates and NGOs in cultural heritage management for more than 35 years, building extensive experience in developing practical, strategic outcomes for the future of heritage places- from the Eames House in Los Angeles to the Abraj Al Kuwait water towers in Kuwait.

Twentieth Century heritage advocacy is her specialist field of interest, publishing widely and contributing to the development and delivery of the ICOMOS international Heritage Alerts program and the Keeping It Modern program for the Getty Conservation Institute since 2014. She is currently an adviser and instructor for the GCI’s Modern Architecture Conservation course, first offered in 2023.

Sheridan is a founding president of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage; and has served in many executive roles on the ICOMOS international Board, currently as its Advisory Committee Vice President. As a cultural heritage advisor for ICOMOS she has undertaken UNESCO World Heritage missions in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Sheridan is an appointed expert member of several NSW Planning Panels and a former chair of the State Heritage Register Committee and deputy chair of the NSW Heritage Council. She is currently chair of the Eryldene Trust in Sydney, managing an historic house and garden through climate change challenges.

Sheridan has been a member of the Sydney Opera House Conservation Council for 16 years and also sits on its Design Advisory Panel, engaging with major projects from redrafting the site Conservation Plan to the recent capital works projects of the SOH’s Decade of Renewal -improving access to all public areas of the House , refurbishing the opera and concert halls, establishing the Centre for Creativity and integrating new venue, food and beverage opportunities as well as  the recent update of the site’s Strategic Building Plan and development of its Heritage Action Plan.



Alper Derinboğaz, Salon Alper Derinbogaz

Time and Place: 8PM, 7th of July, 2023, Kino Armata

Alper Derinbogaz is an architect and academic seeking communal relationships between the environment and spatial elements through scientific strategies. His experiments vary from installations to cultural projects, including the new City Museum nearing compilation. Derinboğaz leads one of “the best young architecture practices” Salon as listed by ArchDaily besides his studio in ITU.
Derinbogaz is a Fulbright Scholar and winner of the UCLA graduate award beside European “40 under 40”. His research has been exhibited in biennales and museums including the Koolhaas curated Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014 with his work Modalities of the Spontaneous, an in-depth study of the urban developments in relationship with geography. His projects won awards at international architecture competitions from Songdo Library in Korea to Kaunas Science Island in Lithuania. He was selected as one of the 40 top young architects in Europe and in Archdaily’s Best Young Practices. His works and research are recognized as “inventive” investigating the possibilities of the physical environment.

Salon, founded by Alper Derinbogaz, is an architectural practice focusing on continuities between humans, spaces, and the Earth.  We produce designs and studies in the fields of architecture, art, interior design, and urbanism.
By focusing on research processes as the catalyst for an evolving engagement with the constructed world, we speculate on critical solutions for architecture.
Collaboration and openness are crucial to our work. We value ideas and criticism. The collaborative character of our design and research methods results in developing contemporary solutions for architectural, interior, and urban conditions. We value innovation, investigate contemporary programs, execute the latest fabrication technologies, and transform complex digital designs into buildings.

About the Lecture

Future Habitats

Geospaces traces relationships between topography, geology, genetics, ecologies, and construction technologies, arguing that a hybrid approach to making will shape our future habitats.

In this lecture, Derinboğaz will discuss the key ideas of his upcoming book “Geopaces” that raises the question, “What if we see buildings as iterations of nature rather than artificial objects?” This lecture will seek to find foundational ways to rethink and reshape the relationship between humans and our environment, looking at the emergence of natural forms, the history of human habitation, and the future of fabrication technologies.

Today, the established conception of architecture is based on a misguided hierarchy between nature and humans. While claiming to reinvent space in the past century, we have further reinforced the notion of buildings as stand-alone objects, raised above the environment. Deeper connections with the earth and nature through computational technologies can guide us in building a better future. Exceptional concepts can be generated from this in order to create architectural continuities. This pursuit of new tectonics evolves from the discovery of materialization and fabrication, which are at the core of our architectural research.

Through research of methods that aim to learn from on-site building, a bridge can be established between the over-classified phases of architectural production. Generating various methodologies specific to each project can lead to a radical streamlining of making architecture a part of the ecology again. As a manifestation of creating spaces in continuity with nature and earth, Alper Derinboğaz has been leading studios at the intersection of practice and research under the roof of ‘Geospaces’ since 2011.


Alper Derinboğaz, Salon Alper Derinbogaz

Koha dhe Vendi: 7 korrik, 2023, ora 20:00 ne Kino Armata

Alper Derinboğaz është një arkitekt dhe akademik që kërkon marrëdhënie ndërvepruese midis mjedisit dhe elementeve hapësinore përmes strategjive shkencore. Eksperimentet e tij variojnë nga instalacionet tek projektet kulturore, duke përfshirë Muzeun e ri të Qytetit në afërsi të përfundimit. Derinboğaz drejton një nga “praktikat më të mira të reja të arkitekturës” të quajtura Salon siç renditet nga ArchDaily, krahas studios së tij në ITU.

Salon, i themeluar nga Alper Derinboğaz, është një studio e arkitekturës që fokusohet në vazhdimësi midis njerëzve, hapësirave dhe Tokës. Ne prodhojmë dizajne dhe studime në fushat e arkitekturës, artit, dizajnit të brendshëm dhe urbanizmit. Duke u fokusuar në proceset kërkimore si katalizator për një angazhim në zhvillim me botën e ndërtuar, ne spekulojmë për zgjidhje kritike për arkitekturën. Bashkëpunimi dhe një “mendje e hapur” janë vendimtare për punën tonë. Ne vlerësojmë idetë dhe kritikat. Karakteri bashkëpunues i metodave tona të projektimit dhe kërkimit rezulton në zhvillimin e zgjidhjeve bashkëkohore për kushtet arkitekturore, të brendshme dhe urbane. Ne vlerësojmë inovacionin, hetojmë programet bashkëkohore, ekzekutojmë teknologjitë më të fundit të fabrikimit dhe transformojmë dizajne komplekse dixhitale në ndërtesa.

Rreth Ligjerates

Future Habitats

Gjeohapësirat gjurmojnë marrëdhëniet midis topografisë, gjeologjisë, gjenetikës, ekologjive dhe teknologjive të ndërtimit, duke argumentuar se një qasje hibride ndaj krijimit do të formësojë habitatet tona të ardhshme.

Në këtë leksion, Derinboğaz do të diskutojë idetë kryesore të librit të tij të ardhshëm “Geospaces” që shtron pyetjen, “Po sikur të shohim ndërtesat si përsëritje të natyrës dhe jo objekte artificiale?” Ky leksion do të kërkojë të gjejë mënyra themelore për të rimenduar dhe riformuar marrëdhëniet midis njerëzve dhe mjedisit tonë, duke parë shfaqjen e formave natyrore, historinë e banimit njerëzor dhe të ardhmen e teknologjive të fabrikimit.

Sot, koncepti i vendosur i arkitekturës bazohet në një hierarki të gabuar midis natyrës dhe njerëzve. Me pretendimin për të rishpikur hapësirën në shekullin e kaluar, ne kemi përforcuar më tej nocionin e ndërtesave si objekte të pavarura, të ngritura mbi mjedisin. Lidhjet e thella me tokën dhe natyrën përmes teknologjive llogaritëse mund të na udhëheqin në ndërtimin e një të ardhmeje më të mirë. Nga kjo mund të krijohen koncepte të jashtëzakonshme për të krijuar vazhdimësi arkitekturore. Ky kërkim i tektonikës së re evoluon nga zbulimi i materializimit dhe fabrikimit, të cilat janë në thelb të kërkimit tonë arkitektonik.

Nëpërmjet kërkimit të metodave që synojnë të marrin mësim nga ndërtimi në terren, mund të vendoset një urë ndërmjet fazave të mbiklasifikuara të prodhimit arkitekturor. Gjenerimi i metodologjive të ndryshme specifike për çdo projekt mund të çojë në një riorganizim radikal për ta bërë arkitekturën përsëri pjesë të ekologjisë. Si një manifestim i krijimit të hapësirave në vazhdimësi me natyrën dhe tokën, Alper Derinboğaz ka udhëhequr studiot në kryqëzimin e praktikës dhe kërkimit nën çatinë e ‘Geospaces’ që nga viti 2011.



Roland Krebs, superwien urbanism zt gmbh

Time and Place: 9PM, 7th of July 2023, Kino Armata

Roland Krebs is an urban planner and designer from Vienna (Austria) who develops strategic action plans for cities to tackle urban growth. Since 1999, he has gained international experience in urban planning and design projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and South Asia, Central and Southeast Europe, and Africa. He studied urban and regional planning at the Vienna University of Technology (TU WIEN) and graduated in strategic management (MBA) at the Universidad de Belgrano (UB) in Argentina, before receiving a postgraduate degree at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona (Spain) in cooperation with Oficina del Historiador de La Habana (Cuba). Roland is a member of the chambers of architects in Vienna and Berlin and is currently Lead Expert at URBACT, the European Union’s cities program. Roland teaches urban planning and design at the TU WIEN, the University of Art and Design in Linz, and the University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Architecture and Green Buildings in Vienna. He is a co-founder of superwien and board member of wonder- land—platform for European architecture.

Superwien is a studio for urbanism and sustainable architecture based in Vienna (Austria). The company, founded by Roland Krebs and Stefan Mayr in 2017, is dedicated to supporting public institutions in their search for sustainable urban projects. Superwien is experienced in participatory and dialogue-oriented planning techniques within the framework of metropolitan and regional development plans, urban strategy plans, and master plans, as well as public space and placemaking projects. As consultants to multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and URBACT, the studio provides support for urban strategies and master plans of emerging cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Balkans. In Western Europe, superwien is working on urban design, urban planning, master planning, and metropolitan planning projects—with a sound track record of winning architecture and urban design competitions.

About the Lecture:

Future Public Spaces – Urban Design in Times of Crisis

What does it take to renew or articulate a public space? When we strive for integrated urban development, we must acknowledge that public spaces can play many roles. They can be places for transit, or places for economic activity, social encounter, recreation, and much more. They also provide essential opportunities for the integration of green and blue infrastructures, which are becoming increasingly important for climate change adaptation. Needs for public space, and the demands made on them, are diverse; moreover, they are very specific to the local spatial and social conditions in which people live. Hence action at the neighborhood level is critical; it should involve interaction and co-creation with local residents to find out what they actually need. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, superwien was commissioned to develop innovative designs for urban public spaces in three cities: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Maputo (Mozambique), and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). The main objective of this applied research (in cooperation with four academic partners) was to strengthen the capacity of local government to carry out participatory urban design projects.

Recently, the team of superwien also worked in Prishtina over the last year and designed a catalgoue of proposals for the city and how it could develop in the next ten year toward a climate-friendly and creatvie metropolis in the network of thriving cities in the Western Balkans.


Roland Krebs, superwien urbanism zt gmbh

Koha dhe Vendi: 21:00 7 Korrik 2023, Kino Armata

Roland Krebs është një planifikues dhe projektues urban nga Vjena (Austri) i cili zhvillon plane zbatuese strategjike për qytetet për të trajtuar rritjen urbane. Që nga viti 1999, ai ka fituar përvojë ndërkombëtare në projektet e planifikimit dhe projektimit urban në Amerikën Latine dhe Karaibe, Azinë Qendrore dhe Jugore, Evropën Qendrore dhe Juglindore dhe Afrikë. Ka studiuar planifikimin urban dhe rajonal në Universitetin e Teknologjisë të Vjenës (TU WIEN) dhe u diplomua në menaxhim strategjik (MBA) në Universitetin Belgrano (UB) në Argjentinë, përpara se të merrte një diplomë pasuniversitare në Universitetin Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) në Barcelonë (Spanjë) në bashkëpunim me Oficina del Historiador de La Habana (Kubë). Roland është anëtar i dhomave të arkitektëve në Vjenë dhe Berlin dhe aktualisht është Ekspert Kryesor në URBACT, programi i qyteteve të Bashkimit Evropian. Roland jep mësime për planifikimin dhe dizajnin urban në TU WIEN, në Universitetin e Artit dhe Dizajnit në Linz dhe në Universitetin e Shkencave të Aplikuara FH Arkitekturë në Kampusin dhe Ndërtesat e Gjelbërta në Vjenë. Ai është një bashkëthemelues i superwien dhe anëtar bordi i platformës së tokës së mrekullive për arkitekturën evropiane.

Superwien është një studio për urbanizëm dhe arkitekturë të qëndrueshme me qendër në Vjenë (Austri). Kompania, e themeluar nga Roland Krebs dhe Stefan Mayr në 2017, është e përkushtuar për të mbështetur institucionet publike në kërkimin e tyre për projekte të qëndrueshme urbane. Superwien ka përvojë në teknikat e planifikimit me pjesëmarrje dhe të orientuar drejt dialogut brenda kuadrit të planeve të zhvillimit metropolitan dhe rajonal, planeve strategjike urbane dhe masterplaneve, si dhe projekteve të hapësirës publike dhe krijimit të vendeve. Si konsulentë të organizatave shumëpalëshe si Banka Botërore, Banka Aziatike për Zhvillim, Banka Evropiane për Rindërtim dhe Zhvillim, Banka Ndër- Amerikane për Zhvillim, Programi i Kombeve të Bashkuara për Zhvillim dhe URBACT, studio ofron mbështetje për strategjitë urbane dhe masterplanet e qyteteve në zhvillim në Amerikën Latine dhe Karaibe, Azinë Qendrore dhe Jugore, Afrikën Sub-Sahariane dhe Ballkanin Perëndimor. Në Evropën Perëndimore, superwien po punon për dizajn urban, planifikimit urban, masterplanit dhe planifikimit metropolitane – me një histori të shëndoshë të konkurseve fituese të arkitekturës dhe dizajnit urban.

Rreth Ligjëratës

Hapësirat publike të së ardhmes – Dizajni Urban në kohë krize

Çfarë nevojitet për të rinovuar apo artikuluar një hapësirë publike? Kur përpiqemi për zhvillim urban të integruar, duhet të pranojmë që hapësirat publike mund të luajnë shumë role. Ato mund të jenë vende për tranzit, ose vende për aktivitet ekonomik, takime shoqërore, rekreacion dhe shumë më tepër. Ato ofrojnë gjithashtu mundësi esenciale për integrimin e infrastrukturave te gjelbërta dhe të kaltërta, të cilat po bëhen gjithnjë e më të rëndësishme për përshtatjen ndaj ndryshimeve klimatike. Nevojat për hapësirë publike dhe kërkesat e bëra ndaj tyre janë të ndryshme; për më tepër, ato janë shumë specifike për kushtet lokale hapësinore dhe sociale në të cilat jetojnë njerëzit. Prandaj, veprimi në nivelin e lagjes është kritik; ai duhet të përfshijë ndërveprim dhe bashkë-krijim me banorët vendas për të zbuluar se çfarë kanë në të vërtetë nevojë. Në fillim të pandemisë COVID-19, superwien u angazhua të zhvillonte dizajne inovative për hapësirat publike urbane në tre qytete: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Maputo (Mozambik) dhe Santo Domingo (Republika Domenikane). Objektivi kryesor i këtij hulumtimi (në bashkëpunim me

katër partnerë akademikë) ishte për të forcuar kapacitetin e qeverisjes vendore për të realizuar projekte të dizajnit urban pjesmarës.

Kohët e fundit, ekipi i superwien punoi gjithashtu në Prishtinë gjatë vitit të kaluar dhe hartoi një katalog propozimesh për qytetin dhe se si ai mund të zhvillohet në dhjetë vitet e ardhshme drejt një metropoli miqësor ndaj klimës dhe në rrjetin e qyteteve të lulëzuara në Ballkanin Perëndimor.



Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj & Hamdi Qorri

Time and Place: 8PM, 7th of July 2023, Kino Armata

Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj is an urban planner and research assistant at the Chair of Urban Planning at the RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany. She studied architecture with specialization in urban planning at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. After graduating her studies in 2014, she worked as an urban planner at the planning office berchtoldkrass in Karlsruhe.

Her teaching focuses on urban design with an emphasis on urban climate adaptation, resilient urban development and mobility. As part of her PhD, she is researching the spatial effects of war and migration in Kosovar cities. Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj is currently participating in the research project “ReConstructionModules and Integrated Urban Development Ukraine” of RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, BTU Cottbus, TH Lübeck and TU Berlin, which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It offers teaching and exchange formats on topics related to the reconstruction of destroyed Ukrainian cities.

As an urban planner, her work ranges from classical framework planning and development concepts to mission statement development, interdisciplinary urban climate adaptation planning and overarching spatial analyses. Among others, Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj has led the following selected projects for berchtoldkrass:

Klimaanpassungskonzept / Climate Adaptation Concept, Freiburg im Breisgau: Due to its geographical location in the Upper Rhine Graben, the city of Freiburg i. Br. is one of the places with the highest average temperatures in Germany and is already feeling the effects of climate change on the well-being and health of its inhabitants. In order to actively and proactively counteract the future significantly increasing pressures, the climate adaptation concept was developed. The project was awarded in the “Climate Adaptation” category at the “Climate-Active Municipalities 2019” competition organized by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the German Institute of Urban Affairs. It is nominated for the German Urban Development Prize 2023 in the category “Special Prize – Shaping Climate Change”, announced by the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL)

Entwicklungsperspektive / Spatial development perspective Winterthur 2040: In recent years, the City of Winterthur has focused on carrying out long-term planning for areas with high pressure to act. The urban planning model shows how the city of Winterthur can develop sustainably by 2040. Future challenges for the city will be identified and the corresponding scope for development explored.

Mission Statement Baiersbronn Unterdorf: The project is accompanied by a broad public participation. The basic framework of the concept consists of three components: a “guideline” with the principles for the development, a “plan” for the concretization of the measures and a “script” for the presentation of the process. In the various projects Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj develops visualization strategies to represent urban planning concepts in digital and analog form.

About the Lecture


Up to the present day, migration plays a significant role in the social development of Kosovo. It manifests itself in different forms, which differ in motives, manner and duration. The exhibition deals with a special form of migration, which illustrates that the migratory process is not completed with the simple move to another country. It often takes place in different phases, some of which end in a return to the home country. This return can be temporary, seasonal or permanent, but what they all have in common is that they ensure that connections and networks of different kinds are created between the homeland and the hostland. This form of migration can be described with the concept of translocality, a model of life that is becoming more and more prevalent – people living in multiple places at the same time, maintaining connections between hostland and homeland through communication, transfer of knowledge, information, material and immaterial goods.

In the course of the tense political situation and an ever-worsening marginalization of the Albanian population during the breakdown of the Yugoslavian Republic, hundreds of thousands of people sought refuge and protection abroad. In some cases, this flight would often last for decades without return.

During this conflict- and war-related migration wave in the late 1980s to the late 1990s, people fleeing found temporary arrival mostly in OECD countries, regulated in the form of a residence permit as politically persecuted persons. This legal status did not provide for a return to the homeland as long as the reason for flight had not been resolved and lifted. For many refugees, this represented a state of waiting and lingering, because the reason for migration was not a self-determined one – on the contrary, it was violently imposed from the outside.

The perceived locality of this migration group is the starting point for a spatial-philosophical narrative: transcendent locality. The concept of transcendence is variously described and defined from ancient to contemporary philosophy. Common to all meanings is that transcendence implies the process of crossing a boundary that separates two fundamentally different spheres.

For the individuals living in migration, the circumstance of not being able to return to their homeland for an indefinite period represented a deep caesura in their lives. On the one hand, the migrated individuals were physically present in the hostlands. superficially managing their everyday life and functioning in their new environment. But on the other hand, the emotional presence was a different matter: due to the conflict, attention and thoughts revolved around the abandoned homeland, fears and insecurities often did not allow the individuals to arrive in the hostland. They were located in an intermediate state between the physical present and the abandoned before. In this state, boundaries between the immanent being in the present and the transcendent being in the mind blur – the migrated individual is in a transcendent locality.

This project explores the impact of transcendent locality on immanent space in the short and long term: how the return of migrants after the war has affected Kosovar cities and how the social migration networks, which developed in the hostlands, impact on urban space in the form of translocal urbanism. It opens discussions on how urban planning can respond to these specific conditions in order to create urban resilience and liveable cities.


The installation serves as a metaphor for the idea of transcendence – the physical representation of a subjective state. It consists of an outer and an inner frame made of aluminium, in the middle of which a further frame made of neon tubes is located. All of these are multiplied horizontally.


The installation is modularly assembled from individual parts. In the context of the project, this is how the transcendent locality is also composed. Individual fragments of memories and stories from the homeland are complemented by new impressions and experiences in the hostland and embed the transcendent locality in it. Memories and new impressions mean that this place is subject to a constant dynamic and never reaches a final state.

 In between 

Through migration, the center of life is left behind and, with increasing time, is supplemented by a second home in the hostland – this can be seen as a gain. Translocality, however, also strengthens the state of being in between.

The exterior and interior frames pick up on this motif as fixed constructions, in which the feeling of being in between is picked up by the neon.


The subjective confrontation and reflection with one’s own transcendent and immanent location in the context of migration is repeated again and again and becomes a constant companion.

 The installation as a physical construct and as a metaphor depends very much on the individual perspective. Viewed from a distance, fragments, layers and spaces in between result in a coherent picture and, conversely, dissolve into their individual parts with increasing proximity – similar to the transcendent locality, which transforms into translocality and no longer lets people leave the intermediate state of proximity and distance between two places of being at home.


Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj & Hamdi Qorri

Koha dhe Vendi: 8 Korrik 2023, nga ora 20:00 ne Kino Armata

Poliksen Qorri Dragaj është urbaniste dhe asistente kërkimore në Katedrën e Planifikimit Urban në RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, Gjermani. Ajo ka studiuar arkitekturë me specializim në planifikim urban në Institutin e Teknologjisë në Karlsruhe. Pas diplomimit të studimeve në vitin 2014, ajo punoi si planifikuese urbane në zyrën e planifikimit berchtoldkrass në Karlsruhe.

Mësimdhënia e saj fokusohet në dizajnin urban me një theks në përshtatjen e klimës urbane, zhvillimin urban resilient dhe mobilitetit. Si pjesë e doktoratës së saj, ajo është duke hulumtuar efektet hapësinore të luftës dhe migrimit në qytetet kosovare. Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj aktualisht po merr pjesë në projektin kërkimor “ReConstructionModules and Integrated Urban Development Ukraine” të RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, BTU Cottbus, TH Lübeck dhe TU Berlin, i cili financohet nga Shërbimi Gjerman i Shkëmbimeve Akademike (DAAD). Ai ofron formate mësimore dhe shkëmbimi për tema që lidhen me rindërtimin e qyteteve të shkatërruara të Ukrainës.

Si një planifikuese urbane, puna e saj varion nga konceptet e planifikimit dhe zhvillimit klasik deri te zhvillimi i koncepteve urbane, planifikimi ndërdisiplinor i përshtatjes së klimës urbane dhe analizat gjithëpërfshirëse hapësinore. Ndër të tjera, Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj ka udhëhequr projektet e mëposhtme të përzgjedhura për berchtoldkrass:

Klimaanpassungskonzept / Koncepti i Përshtatjes Klimatike, Freiburg im Breisgau: Për shkak të vendndodhjes së tij gjeografike në Rhine Graben të Epërm, qyteti i Freiburg i. Br. është një nga vendet me temperaturat mesatare më të larta në Gjermani dhe tashmë po ndjen efektet e ndryshimeve klimatike në mirëqenien dhe shëndetin e banorëve të saj. Për të kundërshtuar në mënyrë aktive dhe proaktive presionet në rritje të konsiderueshme në të ardhmen, u zhvillua koncepti i përshtatjes klimatike. Projekti u vlerësua në kategorinë “Përshtatja klimatike” në konkursin “Bashkitë Aktive në Klimë 2019” organizuar nga Ministria Federale për Mjedisin dhe Instituti Gjerman i Çështjeve Urbane. Është nominuar për Çmimin Gjerman për Zhvillimin Urban 2023 në kategorinë “Çmimi Special – Formësimi i Ndryshimeve Klimatike”, shpallur nga Akademia Gjermane për Zhvillim Urban dhe Planifikim Rajonal (DASL)

Entwicklungsperspektive / Perspektiva e zhvillimit hapësinor Winterthur 2040: Në vitet e fundit, qyteti i Winterthur-it është fokusuar në kryerjen e planifikimit afatgjatë për zonat me presion të lartë për të vepruar. Modeli i planifikimit urban tregon se si qyteti i Winterthur-it mund të zhvillohet në mënyrë të qëndrueshme deri në vitin 2040. Sfidat e ardhshme për qytetin do të identifikohen dhe do të eksplorohet hapësira përkatëse për zhvillim.

Deklarata e Misionit Baiersbronn Unterdorf: Projekti shoqërohet nga një pjesëmarrje e gjerë publike. Kuadri bazë i konceptit përbëhet nga tre komponentë: një “udhëzues” me parimet e zhvillimit, një “plan” për konkretizimin e masave dhe një “skrip” për paraqitjen e procesit. Në projektet e ndryshme Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj zhvillon strategji vizualizimi për të përfaqësuar konceptet e planifikimit urban në formë dixhitale dhe analoge.

Rreth Ligjerates

Deri më sot, migrimi ka pasur rol të rëndësishëm në zhvillimin social të Kosovës. Manifestohet në forma të ndryshme, të cilat dallojnë për kah motivet, mënyra dhe kohëzgjatja. Ekspozita trajton një formë të veçantë të migrimit, e cila ilustron se procesi i migrimit nuk përfundon me shpërnguljen e thjeshtë në një vend tjetër. Shpesh zhvillohet në faza të ndryshme, disa prej të cilave përfundojnë me kthimin në vendlindje. Ky kthim mund të jetë i përkohshëm, sezonal ose i përhershëm, por e përbashkëta e tyre është se ato bëjnë të mundur krijimin e lidhjeve dhe rrjeteve të llojeve të ndryshme midis vendlindjes dhe vendit emigrues. Kjo formë migrimi mund të përshkruhet me konceptin e translokalitetit, një model jete që po bëhet gjithnjë e më i përhapur – njerëzit që jetojnë në shumë vende në të njëjtën kohë, duke ruajtur lidhjet midis vendlindjes dhe vendit emigrues përmes komunikimit, transferimit të njohurive, informacionit, të mirave materiale dhe jomateriale.

Në rrjedhën e situatës së tensionuar politike dhe një margjinalizimi të përkeqësuar të popullsisë shqiptare gjatë shpërbërjes së Republikës Jugosllave, qindra mijëra njerëz kërkuan strehim dhe mbrojtje jashtë vendit. Në disa raste, kjo ikje shpesh do të zgjaste për dekada pa kthim.

Gjatë kësaj vale të migrimit për shkak të konfliktit dhe luftës në fund të viteve ‘80 deri në fund të viteve ‘90, njerëzit që iknin gjetën strehim të përkoshëm kryesisht në vendet e OBZE-së, të rregulluar në formën e një leje qëndrimi si persona të përndjekur politikë. Ky status ligjor nuk parashihte kthim në vendlindje për sa kohë nuk i ishte dhënë zgjdihje dhe fund arsyes së ikjes. Për shumë refugjatë, kjo përfaqësonte një gjendje pritjeje dhe ngecjeje, sepse arsyeja e migrimit nuk ishte nga vetëdëshira– përkundrazi, ajo ishte e imponuar me dhunë nga jashtë.

Lokaliteti i perceptuar i këtij grupi migrues është pikënisja për një narrativë hapësinore-filozofike: lokalitet transcendent. Koncepti i transcendencës përshkruhet dhe përkufizohet në mënyra të ndryshme që nga filozofia e lashtë e deri në atë bashkëkohore. E përbashkët për të gjitha kuptimet është se transcendenca nënkupton procesin e kapërcimit të një kufiri që ndan dy sfera thelbësisht të ndryshme.

Për individët që jetonin në migrim, rrethana e moskthimit në vendlindje për një periudhë të pacaktuar përfaqësonte një cezurë të thellë në jetën e tyre. Nga njëra anë, individët e që migronin ishin fizikisht të pranishëm në vendet emigruese, duke menaxhuar në mënyrë sipërfaqësore jetën e tyre të përditshme dhe funksionimin në mjedisin e tyre të ri. Por nga ana tjetër, prania emocionale ishte një çështje tjetër: për shkak të konfliktit, vëmendjes dhe mendimeve që silleshin rreth vendlindjes së braktisur, frika dhe pasiguritë shpesh nuk i lejonin individët të arrinin në vendet e huaja. Ata ndodheshin në një gjendje të ndërmjetme midis të tashmes fizike dhe asaj të braktisur më parë. Në këtë gjendje, kufijtë midis qenies imanente në të tashmen dhe qenies transcendente në mendje mjegullohen – individi migrues e gjenë veten në një lokalitet transcendent.

Ky projekt hulumton ndikimin e lokalitetit transcendent në hapësirën imanente në periudhën afatshkurtër dhe afatgjatë: si ka ndikuar kthimi i migrantëve pas luftës në qytetet kosovare dhe si rrjetet sociale të migrimit, të cilat u zhvilluan në vendet emigruese, ndikojnë në hapësirën urbane në formën e urbanizmit translokal. Ai hap diskutime se si planifikimi urban mund t’i përgjigjet këtyre kushteve specifike në mënyrë që të krijojë qëndrueshmëri urbane dhe qytete të jetueshme.

Instalacioni shërben si një metaforë për idenë transcendente – paraqitjen fizike të një gjendjeje subjektive. Ai përbëhet nga një kornizë e jashtme dhe e brendshme prej alumini, në mes të së cilës ndodhet një kornizë e mëtejshme e bërë nga tuba neoni. Të gjitha këto shumëzohen horizontalisht.


Instalacioni është montuar në mënyrë modulare nga pjesë të veçanta. Në kuadër të projektit, kështu është i përbërë edhe lokaliteti transcendent. Fragmente të veçanta kujtimesh dhe tregimesh nga vendlindja plotësohen me përshtypje dhe përjetime të reja në vendet emigruese dhe ngulitin lokalitetin transcendent në të. Kujtimet dhe përshtypjet e reja nënkuptojnë se ky vend i nënshtrohet një dinamike të vazhdueshme dhe nuk arrin kurrë një gjendje përfundimtare.

Në mes

Nëpërmjet migrimit, pjesa qëndrore e jetës lihet pas dhe, me kalimin e kohës, ajo plotësohet nga një shtëpi e dytë në vendin emigrues – kjo mund të shihet si gjë e dobishme. Translokaliteti, megjithatë, forcon njëtrajtshëm gjendjen e të qenit në mes.

Kornizat e jashtme dhe të brendshme i trajtojnë këto motive si konstruksione të fiksuara, në të cilat ndjesia e të qenit në mes vërehet nga neoni.


Përballja dhe reflektimi subjektiv me vendndodhjen e vet transcendente dhe imanente në kontekstin e migrimit përsëritet dhe bëhet një bashkëudhëtar i vazhdueshëm.

Instalacioni si konstrukt fizik dhe si metaforë varet shumë nga këndvështrimi individual. Shikuar nga larg, fragmentet, shtresat dhe hapësirat në mes rezultojnë në një pamje koherente dhe, në mënyrë të kundërt, shkrihen në pjesët e tyre individuale duke rritur afërsinë – e ngjashme me lokalitetin transcendent, i cili shndërrohet në translokalitet dhe nuk i lë më njerëzit të largohen nga gjendja e ndërmjetme e afërsisë dhe distancës midis dy vendeve të të qenit në shtëpi.