EcoWorriors in Prishtina

A one week workshop in Prishtina for ECOWEEK together with Perparim Rama

http://ecoweek-ks.org/

Pristhina Green Market (“green” meaning “vegetables market”) is colored, odorous and lively as markets are all over the world… but it is also very dirty and neglected and, as we find out, a kind of “privatization” process is going to take place in it…
So what strategy shall we suggest to make the green market more “green” in this city which is clearly changing a lot, in a too short time, loosing a lot of his character and identity?

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After the first day spent to visit the market and to map its activity, past and actual situation, we came up with the idea to activate a real process of change. We choose some strategic locations and we decided to clean them, to push out cars and to make space for beauty, imagination and poetry.

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This 3 windows were part of one of the oldest house of Prishtina, house that was burned as soon as it became part of the cultural “protected” heritage of the city. This open court, is now a sort of public landfill at the very beginning of the market. Texts on the wall say: “do not park” and “do not throw garbage”. We realized we couldn’t clean the landfill, we tried to make space to point out this inconvenient truth…

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And of course we added a virtual layer to the process through the construction of a blog.
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My lecture:

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About paesaggisensibili

Architect and senior fellow of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of Toronto University, I'm a member of the board of directors of the Italian National Institute of Architecture (IN/ARCH) in Rome, where since 2003 I am in charge of the Institute Master Programs. My studies are rooted in the fields of architecture and philosophy of science with a special interest in biology and anthropology. Key words for my research are: Man, Space, Nature, Technique, Webness, Ecology, Relations, Interactions, Resources, Energy, Landscape, Footprint, Past and Future. My goal is to build critical understanding of the present to suggest useful strategies to build the future.

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