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Project Apollo

Sazan is the only island of considerable size in Albania, off the coast of Vlora, it has been virtually unreachable for any commoner to land a foot on the island for the last 100 years. Since 1997 the island was settled by Italian naval forces which assist in the fight against illicit trafficking and help restore the operating capacity of naval forces and the Albanian border police . In 2009, after 12 years in the island and a successful fight against illegal trafficking, Italian naval forces leave the island which goes back under the control of the Albanian Ministry of Defense, which plans to continue operating the island as a naval base.

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LO – FI

“Meno teoria, più pratica”. Con questo motto Elian Stefa, il curatore della mostra di installazionisvelate durante il Wired Next Fest, spiega la filosofia del Lo-Fi. Ovvero un modo diverso di interpretare l’architettura e le arti visive, con creazioni che non prevedono solo lavoro concettuale ma una sana voglia di sporcarsi le mani. “ Lo-Fi sta in effetti come abbreviazione di low-fidelity ma può anche essere letto in italiano come ‘Lo Fai ’”, sottolinea Elian. Read More

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Like Riding a Bicycle

The books reviewed here are but two drops in the ocean of publications produced in recent years that focus on the bicycle, clearly indicating the resilience and vitality of today’s biking culture worldwide. Nonetheless, taken together, they paint a comprehensive picture of the bike’s evolution in recent years, be it cultural, technological or aesthetic, without hiding behind superficial alarmism or clichéd concepts of sustainability. Instead, they build on the examination of cultural contexts and current trends to foresee what could, and should come with the millennial rebirth of the two-wheeler.

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The CM Book

The Concrete Mushrooms Project is an initiative started by Elian Stefa and Gyler Mydyti. The research project studies the history of Albania, focused in the reason of building the bunkers all over the country [More than 750.000 Albanian bunkers were built during Hoxha regime to prevent possible external invasions], how the people of Albania nowadays coexists with them, how and why do they use them. Read More

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In Heritage

After the 1990’s, along with all former communist countries, Albania joined the Western World as a free nation. Its culture, arts, and architecture, in particular, were reborn and emerged with a long suppressed energy. The Albanian people, who had never lost hope of freedom, were most eager to put themselves at the forefront of the movement towards the new world. Read More

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Concrete in Common

Upon entering the gallery space of Kunst Raum Riehen, a step away from renowned Basel institution Fondation Beyeler, a myriad of tiny terracota bunkers, spread out in regular intervals on the floor, stares at the visitor in a semi-accusatory, semi-vigilant way. Their stare is at first disturbing. A few minutes later, it seems normal, and eventually — perhaps because the terracota is almost the same colour as the wooden floor — the bunkers disappear from sight.

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The CM Documentary

An integral part of the Concrete Mushrooms Project, the CM Documentary is a 20-minute investigative report which explores the evolution and history of the bunkers, recounted by Albanians who dealt with and lived during the period the bunkers were being built. The film also explores the current state of these structures and the coexistence between them and the residents of Albania.

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Utilitas Interrupta

Utilitas Interrupta features seventeen case studies of grand infrastructural projects, into which politicians, architects, and developers once poured the optimism, labor, and money of entire nations, but that now lie useless, thanks to changes in regimes, financial crises, or inevitable fate: an 892,000- square meter mall in South China, in which the only human beings are the employees practicing Tai Chi to kill the time. Read More

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Stazione Futuro

La metafora a cui l’allestimento di Stazione Futuro ambisce è  di un’utopia urbana, una città delle idee: nell’era della città generica, il futuro è forse l’unico territorio sconosciuto che può essere esplorato con un giustificato senso di ottimismo. Una città, quindi, abitata dalle idee di oggi che plasmeranno l’Italia del futuro.

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Diwaniyah

Throughout recent history, Kuwait’s political process has found an indirect form of democratic expression in a deeply-rooted cultural tradition that also corresponds to an architectural typology: the “diwaniyah”. The diwaniyah is a simple, four-sided room, with seating on each side, in which daily meetings are held. Here, political opinions are freely expressed in informal gatherings in the homes of government officials, leading citizens, lobby groups or even on street-corners.
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