RURBAN SEQUENCES Inquiries on Dropull’s states of Liminality
Author: Besnik Aliaj, Sotir Dhamo
Affiliation: Polis University
“Rurban Sequences: Inquiries of Dropull’ states of Liminality!” - is a professional and scientific tentative to develop a new intellectual position towards the failures of aggressive ultra-liberal urbanization and the need for new models of life towards the new rural-urban balances, in the conditions of post-crisis society/city. The case of participatory drafting and the approval of the General Local Plan (GNL) of the Municipality of Dropull in the South of Albania, represents in itself a good example of how the social responsibility
of the professionals and institutions must act in the ground, in order to be able to initiate constructive development processes. Of course, it is already clear that it must first all start with the professionals and institutions reforming their own mentalities on the role of the city planning in society. Interestingly enough, such a planning example started with no financial resources, but with the maximal will to work together with people, community and authorities. It also ended up by generating the necessary energy and resources for a successful and useful experience toward the local needs. The work has been further elaborated scientifically by the joint
International PhD Program of U-POLIS and Ferrara Universities, demonstrating how research could become useful in planning a sustainable and resilient world.