Beirut, Kabul, Grozny, Prishtina, these and quite a few others are the cities that today are facing an enormous challenge: to reinvent themselves again after conflict. Very often the conflict still slumbers. Most of the time there is a complete lack of public bodies with the capacity and jurisdiction to enforce law. And always there is a profound crisis of confidence in the public dimension of urban life. Archis Interventions, a not for profit branch of Archis Foundation has set itself on a course to provide cities with clues and concepts to revive the public domain, to re-energize its urban spirit and to revitalize their trust in dialogue as the essence of civic life. Out of this ideal, Archis Interventions starts its activities in Prishtina.
The New Prishtina -The situation in Prishtina is typical of cities that find themselves in a period of upheaval after a conflict. Most of the time, there is a complete lack of public bodies with the capacity and jurisdiction to enforce laws. In addition, a lack of social self-regulation leaves the field wide open for uncontrolled forces that cause lasting damage to a city’s urban fabric. Moreover, there is always a profound crisis of confidence in the public dimension of urban life.
Architects should act! - The disruption after a war has ended is not confined to inhabitant’s lives and surroundings. It usually extends to the organization and basic structures of the afflicted society. The result is a vacuum much larger and more encompassing than the destroyed urban fabric so obvious to the eye. To avoid that reconstruction results in even greater disruption Esther Charlesworth invites architects to mind three golden rules.
Stateless Urbanism - Architecture and urban development have become spheres of work within an increasingly internationalized political and economic framework. In a ‘world unbuilt’ the spatial design disciplines are charged with the task of developing new forms of planning able to offer the prospect of a ‘better life’ for this new spatial and power structure. This demands that planning be repositioned.