Thursday, March 24, 2011

Let's WALK in the CITY !

What is "Walking the City" ?...

Walking the City is an initiative of students and staff of the School of Urban Planning, at POLIS University, International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies, in Tirana. There exist already a legitimacy of bottom-up and participatory planning at POLIS University since the establishment of its research institute Co-PLAN Institute for Habitat Development, which involved a lot of on the ground urban and architectural experimenting projects in close contacts with local communities. Such legitimacy pushes naturally often for going back to neighborhood grassroots level.

However such tradition has been further elaborated and sophisticated over years via several other professional works and academic experiments, including the exploratory tours of students and staff in subjects like “Analysis of City & Territory”, or “Urban Design & Landscape Planning”. However, “Walking the City” is a kind of institutionalization of such tradition and values, which we the organizers of such blog-publication will try to document over time. Indeed this is a kind of historic “picture” of the city in certain moment of history, and we believe this will bring some benefits to the interested people, visitors and professionals. Enjoy it & why not try it yourself…

Besnik Aliaj, Sotir Dhamo & Eranda Janku

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1 comment:

  1. love your banner and photos. inspired... and following from usa!