BAD-INN (University for Business and Technology in Prishtina, Kosova) invited BAD-MIL/Lorenzo Bini (Politecnico di Milano) with Prof. Gennaro Postiglione to lead a joint-workshop in Pristina, during November 2008. 5 students from Milan, Italy and 10 students from Pristina, participated in this urban design workshop.
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.
International Village, is one of the first housing development of its kind in Kosova in collaboration with the Municipality of Prishtina. It contains 108 residential units, and a large recreational area. The design of this housing units has been developed by architectural studios from US and Kosova, respectively Yamasaki Associates and Anarch.
The ‘International Spatial Design Competition for the Mobility Center Project’ sought ideas for a new transport interchange and city spatial plan for the city of Ferizaj, situated in southern Kosova. The objective was to produce a catalyst for the regeneration of the urban centre by integrating all modes of transport into a Mobility Centre – linking this regional city to neighboring capitals.