For some time, Co-PLAN has felt the need to organise the following reflections on the efforts, which began in the context of the significant changes of the 1990s, at which time Albania was struggling to establish order in the face of chaos. Many of the ideas, reflections, and projects written about in the following pages were actualized, while others remained tentative. In writing this book, often we faced the dilemma of being critical professionals and self-chroniclers, all the while being aware of the valuable contributions of various people that have not been directly discussed in this book. This is why our writing approach combines a chronology of events, a guiding theoretical framework as well as artistic indulgences that allow us to introduce color into an otherwise dark reality. Most of all, our challenge lay in presenting the following material not merely as a chronicle of urban and territorial developments in Albania, but rather as a new approach to urban planning, urbanization and life in general. we strove to present a thoughtful approach capable of generating sound alternatives, which we are excited to share with others. …has been an endeavor to create patterns of hope and provide orientation in a social and political context in which the spectrum extends from the austerity of the institutional “vacuum” to the perpetual “energy” of people and society. … is a positive way of thinking …a reading of the transformative energy and power that exist within the Albanian context …. is a hope that Albanian society is arriving on a normal path of development, and is no longer a victim of a limiting past. ... is a shifting mentality that does blame outside circumstances for our contemporary problems ...so that the situation is not the “fault” of others ...so that we and the causes of our problems are one and the same ...so that solutions rely having a relationship with problems rather than avoiding them. ... aims to shift mentalities away from looking at individual components, instead focusing on the whole system... To again treat people as active participants in the building of their own living realities, and not as passive actors. ... is an approach to the challenges of urban development in post-1990 Albania from the perspective of a core pool of experts... chronicles the story of an organization that altered field work at the level of national policy, university education, and academic scientific research.

Between energy and the vacuum

BESNIK ALIAJ
;
SOTIR DHAMO
;
DRITAN SHUTINA
2010

Abstract

For some time, Co-PLAN has felt the need to organise the following reflections on the efforts, which began in the context of the significant changes of the 1990s, at which time Albania was struggling to establish order in the face of chaos. Many of the ideas, reflections, and projects written about in the following pages were actualized, while others remained tentative. In writing this book, often we faced the dilemma of being critical professionals and self-chroniclers, all the while being aware of the valuable contributions of various people that have not been directly discussed in this book. This is why our writing approach combines a chronology of events, a guiding theoretical framework as well as artistic indulgences that allow us to introduce color into an otherwise dark reality. Most of all, our challenge lay in presenting the following material not merely as a chronicle of urban and territorial developments in Albania, but rather as a new approach to urban planning, urbanization and life in general. we strove to present a thoughtful approach capable of generating sound alternatives, which we are excited to share with others. …has been an endeavor to create patterns of hope and provide orientation in a social and political context in which the spectrum extends from the austerity of the institutional “vacuum” to the perpetual “energy” of people and society. … is a positive way of thinking …a reading of the transformative energy and power that exist within the Albanian context …. is a hope that Albanian society is arriving on a normal path of development, and is no longer a victim of a limiting past. ... is a shifting mentality that does blame outside circumstances for our contemporary problems ...so that the situation is not the “fault” of others ...so that we and the causes of our problems are one and the same ...so that solutions rely having a relationship with problems rather than avoiding them. ... aims to shift mentalities away from looking at individual components, instead focusing on the whole system... To again treat people as active participants in the building of their own living realities, and not as passive actors. ... is an approach to the challenges of urban development in post-1990 Albania from the perspective of a core pool of experts... chronicles the story of an organization that altered field work at the level of national policy, university education, and academic scientific research.
978-99956-676-7-2
INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS, INTERNATIONAL DONORS, GOVERNANCE, UPGRADING, URBAN PLANNING
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