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Informal World Wide Investor

October 3rd, 2007

giu_7507.jpgIn every city in the Western Balkans, the Western Union logo is one of the most common brands animating the streetscape. With the beginning of the rise of the diaspora, from the 1990s, those that left the countries started to send money to their families or friends through International Money Transference Systems. Despite the fact that the economic condition abroad is not always easy, the diaspora maintains a strong link with its own country and with its families; it keeps transferring both money and goods even after many years. These transfers support the countries’ economies and make the construction of most of the houses in the cities and the countryside possible. So, very often the real investors in the reconstruction or just in the life of post-war cities are those who left the country. (more…)

foto90.jpggiu_7248.jpgCrossing the Western Balkans, an infinite number of single houses fills the landscape along the main roads. Mainly are new constructions, mostly are under construction, few are extremely luxuries. The speed and the distance let us see them as a mushroom, while getting closer they show their own free and individual architectural style. The patchwork of architectural possibilities can be read as a potential for a self-construction process, which can provide a co-existence with the landscape they inhabit and more social relations, especially between different communities. Ideas and forms drawn from existing physical and urban conditions become patterns of spatial occupation and social interaction. It is a way even to encourage participation of the citizens into planning process, starting from the neighbourhoods scale and initiating sustainable processes.

Could it be a model for a planning process, an in-between approach to the issue of participation in future aspects of architecture and town planning?

by: Giulia Fiocca & Laia Solé, 2007

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