bad architects group (Paul Burgstaller, Ursula Faix)
UBT - University for Business and Technology, Prishtina Kosovo/a
Editorial by Paul Burgstaller and Ursula Faix:
"How was Prishtina? Well, difficult to say. Maybe it was the most fascinating city we visited in 2007. Fascinating for its raw beauty, the energy and hunger for life of the young people, the surviving traces of communism, architecture as election campaign, a power station next to a luxury hotel, red unrendered bricks, pedestrian crossings across a four-lane street without any traffic lights, a dense club scene, a London DJ in a club…The students were very hungry and curious, perhaps because urban planning is really interesting for them and they were quite stunned that we wanted to see the city and by the things we wanted to know about it. In the end they showed us many interesting places and seemed to love it themselves.”
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The basic idea behind this publication was our wish to publish the students’ project of the ‘City Planning’ design studio during the winter semester 2007/2008. These projects envision the dreams and hopes for the future development of the city of a young generation who has directly lived a war or at least followed it in exile abroad.
One envelope for the projects, providing the students with background information, are articles and texts written by our colleagues, most of them teaching at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Business and Technology (UBT). These texts present a view of the city from the outside produced by periodical visits to Prishtina and research on the city reflecting on the changing conditions of Prishtina as the capital of a newborn state. In this transition phase new identities, potentials and a legal basis are emerging, together with some problems.
The photographic part is a city portrait by the Austrian architectural photographer Günter R. Wett; it presents a view of the city by a person who is visiting Prishtina for the first time in his life. The images by Günter R. Wett are so outstanding, that they have become the (silent) envelope for both, the texts and projects. All images tell stories and many are worth more than a whole article. We also hope that this publication will contribute to diversifying the image of Kosovo in Austria and foster the urban discourse on Prishtina.
Text editing: Roxanne Powell, Vienna
The publication was supported by the Bundesministerium für Unterricht Kunst und Kultur (BMUKK), Vienna, Austria.
Paul Burgstaller, Chris Conrardy, Ursula Faix