On the 31st of January, we are hosting the coffee lecture “Viewing Through Batusha's House Lens: The Impact of Diaspora on Urban Planning and Development in Postwar Contexts“. This lecture delves into the building narrative of Batusha's House, shedding light on the tripartite phenomena shaping post-war spatial dynamics in Prishtina. It examines:
1) The obstruction of state-sanctioned formalization processes, fostering informal enterprises across socio-economic activities, including urban development;
2) The transformation of building culture, encompassing construction techniques, project development, and architectural styles, influenced by diaspora-driven transnational networks;
3) The promotion of 'resort-isation' in Prishtina and Kosovo's urban areas, facilitated by the diaspora's intermittent presence, aligning with typical holiday rhythms.
Dr. Gyler Mydyti, a Kosovo-born architect, urban planner, and researcher, currently serves as a Project Leader and BD Manager at KCAP in Zurich. Her expertise lies in the socio-spatial transformation and reconstruction processes of post-socialist and post-war territories, primarily in the Western Balkan countries. With distinguished achievements, she earned a BSc degree in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University and an MSc degree in Urban Studies from Politecnico di Milano. In 2014, she obtained her PhD from Politecnico di Milano, focusing on the City-University relationship and its profound impact on large urban transformations, particularly former industrial sites. Prior to her arrival in Zurich, where she accumulated over five years of experience as a post-doctoral scholar and lecturer at ETH Zürich, Gyler also worked in renowned design firms and research institutions in Istanbul, Milan, Paris, and Prishtina.
The lecture is organised as a part of the exhibition "ETH with Ukraine - Exchanging Knowledge for a Sustainable Future".
📆 January 31, Wednesday
🏛️ Main building of ETH Zurich, main hall
📍 Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zürich
🗣️ Language: English
🆓 Entrance free
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