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Debates: “Urban Public Space” in Tirana


In the framework of ongoing collaboration between the CCCB and the city of Tirana, the Institute for Communication and Dialogue in Tirana, the Albanian Media Institute and the CCCB have organized a series of debates about public space to accompany the exhibition "In Favour of Public Space", produced by the CCCB and running from 15 October to 25 November at the Gallery of the Visual Arts Faculty of the Tirana Arts Academy.

The theme of public space is particularly important at a time when globalization is seeing the rise of private space. This is a key issue in ensuring that citizenry and coexistence are marked by diversity. Albania, a country that has just opened up to the world, and its capital, Tirana, provide a setting of great interest thanks to the incipient context of an energetic, chaotic and very aggressive form of capitalism that clearly outlines various problems at a scale that goes beyond the country itself.

In the debates, the theme of public space is analysed from the points of view of philosophy, politics, sociology and urbanism.

Monday 15/10

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Session 1: Urban public space and democracy

First debate:
Speakers: Olivier Mongin, French philosophy and editor of Esprit magazine, and Artan Fuga, Albanian philosopher
Moderator: Manuel Montobbio, Spanish ambassador in Albania

Second debate:
Speakers: Edi Rama, Mayor of Tirana, and Josep Ramoneda, Director of the CCCB
Moderator: Piro Misha, Director of the Institute for Communication and Dialogue, Tirana

1 to 2.30 p.m. - Lunch

2.30 to 5.30 - Session 2: Urbanism and public space in the contemporary city

First debate:
Speakers: Elías Torres, architect from Barcelona, and Artan Shkreli, architect from Tirana
Moderator: Josep Ramoneda

Second debate:
Speakers: Carme Ribes, architect from Barcelona, and Besnik Aliaj, President of the Tirana Urban Forum
Moderator: Dritan Shutina, Albanian architect and Director of Co-Plan

Presentation of the European Archive of Urban Public Space
by David Bravo, an architect from Barcelona and the Archive coordinator


Speaker/s: Olivier Mongin, Artan Fuga, Edi RamaJosep RamonedaElías TorresArtan ShkreliCarme RibasBesnik AliajDavid Bravo

Chairperson/s: Manuel MontobbioPiro MishaJosep RamonedaDritan Shutina