Revitalizing Lezha’s vacancy (ALB)

Posted on: 9th January 2020

“Revitalizing Lezha’s vacancy”

By Francesco Remonato

Over the last ten years Wonderland has gained experience in various European cities through project spaces, publications, research and events on the topic of vacancy.

We work with authorities and other relevant stakeholders to design a tailor-made activation plan for vacancies. Every city is different, every municipality is different and every architectural ensemble is different. This results in individual concepts. The wonderland protagonists are emerging experts whose approaches are far from being mainstream. We consciously support promissing practices and invite them to cities to share their knowledge and experience new cities. This interdisciplinary action wants to activate potentials of unused spaces, offer local initiatives a new perspective and enable a long lasting sustainability. It is a mixture of culture and science, economics and ressources, urban planning and development.

By using what has already been built, the action ensures inclusive and equitable education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all; makes cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; promotes sustainable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; and ensures sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

The project we are developing in Albania is a mixture of action and competence, which is directed towards the following SDGs:
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;

Objective 11: To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,

Objective 8: To promote sustainable, inclusive and lasting economic growth, full-time and productive employment and decent work for all,

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

The project includes the following activities:
– Data Collection and Mapping
– Roadmap for vacancies
– Exchange Workshop in Lezha;
– Concept for “CREATIVE SPACES Lezha”.

The project is funded by the BACID grant and the Federal Chancellery of Austria.


Aim of the collaboration project

Wonderland offers European architecture professionals a stage to address the contemporary challenges in the built environment. Interdisciplinary and public events involve the population in the architectural discourse. It is important to us to find a language that appeals to a diverse audience. We consciously avoid the mainstream approach and support “emerging architects” as well as “bottom-up” initiatives.

Blind Date: „same chances for everyone“

Blind Date started two years ago to research, discuss and communicate the fundamental rights in our society – especially among architects and in the created spaces. How can the right to housing or to life be guaranteed? This discussion is relevant for all European countries, but in those where these rights are endangered it is particularly urgent.


Revitalizing Lezha’s vacancy

In this project we have the opportunity to support the transfer of knowledge from Austria to Albania. The local partners are not only inspired but also supported in their task of activating vacancies.