Tirana, June 2012 – Co-PLAN joined in the US Embassy [in Tirana] Call to encourage the citizens to come together and speak up. ‘Bëj të dëgjohet zëri yt’ marks the first step of this new initiative undertaken by the US Ambassador in Tirana, Mr. Alexander A. Arvizu, entitled ‘ACT NOW – Albanian Citizens Together Now’. At first, Ambassador Arvizu introduced his initiative to representatives of civil society, notable personalities in the country and media representatives in a meeting held at the National Theatre. He stressed the importance of the citizen knowing his rights and responsibilities, as well as becoming a proactive part of city-making and decision-making.

Reappropriation of the City

Tirana, September 2012 – POLIS University in collaboration with Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development, and the Municipality of Tirana are organizing for the first time the ‘Tirana Architecture Weeks’. In this line, a series of activities, exhibitions, urban actions, workshop, and a four-day-conference on Re-appropriation of the city will be held. The regional-conference is organized by Co-PLAN in collaboration with POLIS University, EXPEDITIO and Kor-CSD, and will focus on the transformation of City Squares, as one of the key events of the Tirana Architecture Weeks.