[artinfo] Archis announces a book and a magazine

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Archis announces two publications:

Prishtina is Everywhere
Turbo Urbanism:
the Aftermath of a Crisis
By Kai Vöckler

Volume 17: Content Management
The C-Lab certified edition

	 Prishtina is Everywhere

After NATO-led KFOR troops ended civil war in 
Kosovo (1999), an instant building boom changed 
the capital Prishtina dramatically. Within a few 
years its population doubled, partly as a 
consequence of an influx of returning refugees. 
Local investors profited, creating quick returns 
on 'hit and run' projects. On the fringes of the 
city 'maverick urbanism' had a different face: 
family clans invested family capital in large 
houses, built on farmland. The result was a 
random spread and development of the city, 
causing serious functional and structural 
problems for the future.

Prishtina is Everywhere describes, maps and 
analyzes the situation in Prishtina after 1999, 
documents problem-solving strategies, and 
discusses the significance of this kind of urban 
development for the way urban life evolves in 
crisis zones. The title hints at two phenomena: 
firstly, urban development of this type is 
typical for many post-conflict situations, and 
secondly, most of the construction in Prishtina 
has been financed by remittances from family 
members working abroad (one-fifth of Kosovo's 
entire population lives abroad, specifically in 
Germany, Switzerland, and Austria).

This is the first of a series of investigations 
of urban development in post-conflict areas, 
initiated by Archis Interventions.

With contributions of Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, 
Caroline Arnulf, Thilo Fuchs, Wilfried 
Hackenbroich, Irmgard Zerr, Florina Jerliu, Visar 
Geci, Ilir Gjinolli, Lilet Breddels, Arjen 

224 p., 17x24 cm, 96 pages in color. Design 
Heimann und Schwantes, printed in Germany.
The English edition is published by Archis 
Publishers, Amsterdam: 978-90-77966-50-1
The German edition appears at Parthas Verlag, Berlin, 978-3-86601-904-1

Volume 17: Content Management
Similar to online management (music, films, 
services) architecture is designed to have a 
public surface and a protected interior, to 
encourage visitors and at the same time limit the 
use of the property inside, to provide 
problem-free navigation yet direct and track 
visitor movement, and to mark out what content is 
accessible and what isn't.

Interviews with Julien De Smedt, Lars Müller, Ken 
Goldberg, Chris Anderson, Rachel Maddow, Arianna 
Huffington, Nadia Abu El-Haj, Marc Simmons, 
Michael Govan, AOC, Iñaki Ábalos, and Philippe de 
Contributions by: Mark Wigley, Rene Daalder, 
Shumon Basar, Arjen Oosterman, Joseph Grima, 
Oliver Domeisen, Ari Marcopoulos and Greg Lynn.

Special features:
C-Lab on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and UNESCO's World Heritage program.
The Politics of the Envelope. In an extensive 
essay Alejandro Zaera Polo formulates 'a 
political critique of materialism', analyzing the 
past 40 years of the envelope as content 

Volume 17: 160 p., ISSN 1574-9401 / ISBN 978-90-77966-17-4
Design Irma Boom & Sonja Haller, printed in Belgium.

Volume, independent quarterly for architecture to go beyond itself
Volume is a project by Archis + AMO + C-Lab + Š
Volume is published by Archis Foundation, Amsterdam

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