Reflection of sociopolitical developments in the architecture of Prishtina A. Sadiki
Author: Arbër Sadiki
Affiliation: UBT - Higher Education Institution, Prishtina, Kosova
Reflection of social and political circumstances in architecture is something that has trailed
Prishtina in all its periods of development. This study aims to highlight this impact in the
architectural development of the city of Prishtina in the period 1945-1990. This timeframe
has been determined based on important social events which were directly manifested in
Prishtina’s general urban development. Lower borderline relates to the end of Second World
War, out of which Prishtina emerged an underdeveloped center with distinguished oriental
features. Upper borderline (1990), coincides with revocation of autonomy of Kosova (28
March 1989) by the Republic of Serbia and commencement of a dark period for Kosova
Within this timespan, Kosova society has been subject to significant political and social
changes, constitutional amendments among the most important. First, amendments of 1963,
and later those of 1974 changed positively the position of the then Socialist Autonomous
Province of Kosova , within former Yugoslav Federation.
Immediate influence of both amendments is easily readable, especially in the architecture of
public buildings of the time, which clearly dominate also in the contemporary architectural
identity of Prishtina, despite the striking damage of emblematic buildings of this period.
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