Urban Exceptions. The interruption of consolidated urban logics
Author: Loris Rossi, Dorina Papa
Affiliation: Polis University
The following chapter gathers some of the Architecture and Urban research activities developed during the 2017/18 academic year of Design Studios at POLIS University in Tirana. The idea was to push forward the topics initially explored within the PhD workshop trying to investigate new Architecture and Urban strategies for the future development of Prishtina as a new European Capital. Prishtina City LAB has been conceptualized as a multidisciplinary platform in which different scale of design projects shared the same issue regarding the city of Prishtina, focusing on specific applied research activities.
Prishtina has been studied and conceptualized as a laboratory of Urban Experiments; in order to enrich the capacity of the students to manage urban complexity, Architects, Planners and external professionals have been engaged during one year of academic work. The Urban Planning Studio led by Besnik Aliaj and Sotir Dhamo with Llazar Kumaraku, Enrico Porfido, Eranda Janku; the Studio in Architecture and theory 3rd year led by Loris Rossi and Dorina Papa with the external consultation of Antonello Stella from the Department of Architecture in Ferrara (IT) and some of the work elaborated during the Thesis Studio led by Ledian Bregasi and Saimir Kristo has been stressed the idea of Prishtina City Lab as didactic experiments useful to produce new research topics for the Municipality of Prishtina and the academic environment of POLIS University.