Social Activities

Albania is well-known for its traditional hospitality. We would like our guests to enjoy their stay in Albania and have many networking opportunities at this conference. 1-ICAUD will offer a rich social program, including three conference lunches & two conference dinners to sample the tasty Albanian cuisine, and:

Views of Berat

In the framework of 1-ICAUD, a workshop with schoolchildren from Turgut Ozal College (Epoka's sister school) was organized on Ap. 17&18. Paola Ardizzola, one of the 1-ICAUD keynote speakers was the editor, assisted by Valbona Koçi, Desantila Hysa, and Epoka architecture students & ArkiSpace club members. The workshop theme was:
Architectural Identity and Collective Memory [Exploring an old house]. The workshop title was:
Searching for an "escaping" house / Revitalizing the house under the State of Decay

Dowload the Workshop call, description, and program. View Workshop photo gallery here!

NEW! For delegates who opt not to travel to Berat on Saturday and to Dajti on Sunday, we are offering another exciting activity:

Urban Episodes

Call for participation:

Urban Episodes is an international project collecting new stories and fresh thoughts on the city. Using an experimental approach to urbanism, we gather literary snapshots in order to provide an alternative portrait of place.

"Special about the project is that every text is linked to a specific site in the urban space, and may tell you something new about a seemingly irrelevant detail. As we explore the pixels, you may get to see the bigger picture."

Our method includes a walkshop: a workshop combined with a city walk. Participants are first offered a crash course in semiotics, urbanism, and creative writing, before we spread out and start an individual derive through the city of Tirana. Using a different toolkit, encounters lead to new interpretations and creative analyses of elements within the urban space. After an editing session – including peer review – the final results will be published online.

We invite professionals, graduates, and students in the field of Urban Design, Architecture, human geography or a related field to take part in Urban Episodes: Tirana.

As the event will be part of the extra program of ICAUD, First International Conference on Architecture and Urban Design, participation is free of charge. Please note that the instruction language is English and that participants are expected to attend both sessions planned:

Saturday         April 21 9.45h – Session 1: Walkshop (workshop + city walk)

Sunday        April 22 9.45h – Session 2: Peer review

(optional: Saturday April 21 20.00h – additional city walk)

Due to limited capacity of the workshop, we recommend to sign up in advance if you want to ensure participation. Please send an e-mail including your name and profession to Artan Hysa, ahysa@epoka.edu.al, as ICAUD organizing committee member. CC icaud@epoka.edu.al

On our website, you can read stories from Tallinn (EST) and Scheveningen (NL). Should you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail.

Tom van Nuenen – editor

Nathan de Groot – coordinator



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