Archis Interventions in Prishtina

Knowledge and education: key factors for the future development of Prishtina

Workshop: 5-8 October 2009

In cooperation with the Municipality of Prishtina with the support of Hackenbroich Architekten
Archis Interventions/Prishtina, together with Archis Interventions/Berlin organized a workshop in Prishtina, with the aim of developing a strategic concept that would enable educational and training institutions to play a more active role in the city's future urban development. Prishtina's future prospects and how planning might best support them were discussed with representatives of the Urban Planning Department, the Municipality of Prishtina, and local and international experts, as part of the upcoming process of legalizing structures built without planning permission.

It is necessary to offer future prospects to citizens by developing a realistic strategy that takes the current situation into account but also establishes the principles of viable future development. This is strategic planning based both on a vision and on reliable information, and can therefore offer a solid foundation for consensus and negotiations. The workshop developed a key concept by analyzing Prishtina's potential as the capital of Kosovo, and identified knowledge and education as the key factors for future development. The workshop focused on the latter's spatial implications and formulated the major principles of future urban development. The final result will be presented to the public at the end of the year.

Supported by ERSTE Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Municipality of Prishtina, Kosovo Foundation for Open Society