Prishtina is Everywhere analyses the situation in Prishtina after 1999, when an instant building boom changed Kosovo’s capital dramatically. Whithin a few years its population doubled, partly as a consequence of an influx of returning refugees after the civil war. Local investors profited, creating quick returns on “hit and run” projects. On the fringes of the city “maverick urbanism” had a different face: family clans invested family capital in large houses, built on farmland. The result was a random spread and development of the city, causing serious functional and structural problems for the future.
Prishtina is Everywhere describes and analyses this situation, documents problem-solving strategies, and discusses the significance of this kind of urban development for the way urban life evolves in crisis zones. The title hints at two phenomena: firstly, urban development of this type is typical for many post-conflict situations, and secondly, most of the construction in Prishtina has been financed by remittances from family members working abroad.
This publication accompanies the exhibition Balkanology. New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe at the S AM / Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, Basle, 4 October 2008 – 4 January 2009, which was curated by Kai Vöckler. The exhibition was produced in cooperation with the Az W / Architekturzentrum Vienna, and was supported by the ERSTE Foundation.