Prishtina appoints two architectural studios to investigate the fabric of Kosovo’s capital and its communities
Life today seems to be increasingly unpredictable and the current media discourse shows an uncertain future threatened by polarisation, disintegration, climate chaos and rising economic inequality as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These struggles for equality and new activist movements have motivated Manifesta to transform our way of working, by focussing on a more socially engaged and sustainable outcome of our biennial programme. This means that we work with urbanists, architects, ecologists and social designers next to artists and creative mediators to make sure we are able to transform Manifesta to a more diverse, democratic, bottom-up involvement of local voices and grass root communities, that turns signals into substance, and from there into concrete actions.
—Hedwig Fijen, Founding Director of Manifesta
In line with this, a Jury chaired by the Mayor of Prishtina Sphend Ahmeti and Hedwig Fijen, director of Manifesta have selected the Turin based architectural office Carlo Ratti Associati in collaboration with MIT’s Senseable City Lab to conduct the urban vision for the City of Prishtina for the next edition of Manifesta. The urban vision functions as both a pre-biennial research and a long-term plan to identify possible strategies, sites, communities and key topics for the city. The urban vision informs how Manifesta 14 will take shape within the local context, but most importantly it is commissioned to develop how the city of Prishtina could be transformed by reclaiming public space by its citizens.