Kosovo's undiscovered modern architecture.

prishtina central mosque kosovo

The modern architecture of Yugoslavia, in contrast to the modern architecture of Kosovo, has recently been the subject of international visual representations. These have been discussed in various professional forums. Kosovo is generally absent from this context despite the presence of significant examples of modernist architecture. Moreover, modern architecture in Kosovo is rarely featured in publications, exhibitions or other forms of media. The spirit of modernity has led to a greater transition towards Kosovo’s cities through the process of urban regeneration. During this period, with the new administrative system, the demand for adequate infrastructure has increased. Through various legal acts, many private properties have become public property in order to help the development of new administrative centres. In this spirit, new urban centres were designed, differentiating themselves from the pre-existing historical centres. Through the empowerment of the labour force, the opening of factories, the promotion of education and employment in various administrative positions, the number of people in Kosovo’s cities has continued to increase. It was therefore understandable that there was an urgent need to build new town centres, to develop cities as part of a new urban movement, to build a large number of industrial and public buildings, to develop new neighbourhoods and to develop tourist points. A pillar building of Kosovo’s brutalist architecture is the National Library of Kosovo in Pristina. Although many have described this building as one of the ugliest in the nation, it is certainly a unique architectural effort, capturing the spirit of a country recently ravaged by war, and working to move forward and rebuild.

The Photographer, Ann Christine Eek - Mother with daughter, village Isniq.

Kosovo In 1970's.
Kosovo Mother with daughter, village Isniq