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AIA Europe Spring Conference 5-8 Apri 2018 - Registration open

  • 1.  AIA Europe Spring Conference 5-8 Apri 2018 - Registration open

    Posted 03-01-2018 16:44
    Edited by Bardhyl Rama 03-15-2018 09:00

    Youth Space & Urban Transformation

    An AIA Europe Conference on Architecture and Urbanism 

    Pristina, | April 5th - 8th, 2018
    Kosovo Program

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    Kosovo Program
    Speakers from the Kosovo Architecture Foundation will discuss alternative approaches to urban design and regeneration of public spaces through programs directly involving the city's youth. They will also lead a site tour of the Kosovo National Library, for which they helped secure the recent Getty Foundation "Keeping It Modern" Grant.
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    AIA Europe is organizing the 2018 Spring Conference in Pristina. This conference includes a range of international and local speakers (Including two City Mayors), site visits as well as city walking tours.

    As a Monday extension  a tour to historic city of Prizren is planned, it includes visits to roman era castle, ottoman architecture as well as traditional buildings. The lunch is planned in a fish restaurant by the lake and the tour will end with a wine tasting tour at a local Winery. Concurrent with the conference there is a Student Charrette, where participants will be able to interact with local students and university representatives. All this is at a very low price of only 320 Euro (for the conference) and 65 Eur (for Monday extension). Prices in Pristina are cheap, the hotel venue World Class standard has offered rooms at negotiated price as low as 116 Eur/night.  
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    Young people in cities around the world are mobilizing to advance sustainable urban development. Perhaps nowhere in Europe is it right now more vital than in Pristina – the capital city of Europe's newest and youngest country – where half the population is under the age of 25.  A place that was not long ago torn apart by war is today a place filled with young people and possibilities.

    Following the end of the Kosovo War in 1999, Pristina experienced a population boom that dramatically changed the built environment. The number of inhabitants doubled in just a few years and a rapid, post-war reconstruction resulted in unregulated, uncontrolled urban growth that created serious structural and functional challenges for the future. Today, a new generation of governance and youth-led initiatives are taking immediate action to improve the quality of urban life and public spaces.

    This AIA Europe International Conference will explore the ways young architects, planners, and a vibrant scene of urban creatives are energizing the sustainable transformation of Pristina and Tirana, the capital of neighboring Albania.

    In addition to presenting their cities' latest projects and goals, the conference will also present the outstanding yet hardly-known buildings of late socialist modernism like the National Library of Kosovo, which recently received a Getty Foundation "Keeping It Modern" Grant, awarded to Modernist buildings "of the highest architectural significance" around the globe. A local team of young activists has secured the grant is now rallying behind its restoration and nomination for national protection.

    Through lectures and panel discussions, site visits, and a concurrent student design competition, this three-day architecture and urbanism conference will augment the youth perspective on sustainable urban development.

    Bardhyl Rama, Intl Assoc AIA, Conference Committee Chair :

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    Bardhyl Rama Intl. Assoc. AIA
    Vice President
    AIA Continental Europe