Prishtina is Everywhere – Turbo Urbanism: the Aftermath of a Crisis

December, 2008

Prishtina is Everywhere describes, maps and analyzes the situation in Prishtina after 1999, 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 (one-fifth of Kosovo’s entire population lives (temporarely) abroad, specifically in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria).

After NATO-led KFOR troops ended civil war in Kosovo (1999), an instant building boom changed the capital Prishtina dramatically. Within a few years its population doubled, partly as a consequence of an influx of returning refugees. 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 – Turbo Urbanism: the Aftermath of a Crisis
Archis, Amsterdam, 2008
€24.50
Editor-in-Chief: Kai Vöckler
Graphic design: Heimann und Schwantes
224 p. ills color & bw, 17 x 24, pb, English
ISBN: 9789077966501

Buy Prishtina is Everywhere


Warning: include(/nfs/c05/h06/mnt/79526/domains/archis.org/cgi-bin/footer.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /nfs/c05/h04/mnt/79526/domains/archis.org/html/wp-content/themes/archis/footer.php on line 59

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/nfs/c05/h06/mnt/79526/domains/archis.org/cgi-bin/footer.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php-5.3.29/share/pear') in /nfs/c05/h04/mnt/79526/domains/archis.org/html/wp-content/themes/archis/footer.php on line 59