D9.1 City Report | September 2023


The urban landscape of modern societies is intricately tied to the dynamics of public spaces. These areas serve as critical arenas where diverse groups and individuals intersect, negotiate identities, and influence collective bonds. The city of Prishtina presents a compelling case study in this context, marked by its complex historical evolution and challenges. From periods of occupation and marginalization to post-war development and unregulated growth, Prishtina struggles with defining its identity and ensuring livable spaces for its residents.

This study undertakes a comprehensive exploration of Prishtina’s urban dynamics by focusing on specific public spaces. The chosen methodology combines descriptive analysis, expert interviews, field observations, and interactive workshops to examine the intricate socio-spatial patterns that shape the city’s inclusivity and exclusivity. Three key areas emerge as focal points of analysis: Termokiss, the Bajram Kelmendi Street, and the University of Prishtina Campus. The latter stands out as a compelling case study in the context of this report, presenting a dynamic and multifaceted space where encounters and negotiated belonging take center stage. This public space was examined through two interactive workshops – D.Rad LAB I and LAB II – which brought together local-level stakeholders and youth, respectively, to gather insights on the evolution of this public space, its challenges, and its role in the city’s fabric.

Key findings from the interactive workshops reflect safety concerns, insufficient infrastructure, and the desire for more inclusive amenities in these spaces. The significance of the Serbian Orthodox Church within the University campus prompts nuanced discussions on its symbolic and historical implications, ranging from the call for demolition to transforming it into a museum.

The study offers a range of strategic policy recommendations aimed at enhancing the public space under scrutiny. Notably, the Municipality of Prishtina is urged to place paramount importance on safety and security enhancements, encompassing measures such as the augmentation of lighting infrastructure and the installation of security cameras. The University of Prishtina is also strongly encouraged to take the lead in fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration through regularly scheduled meetings, which would serve as dynamic platforms for the exchange of ideas, enabling a collective brainstorming process to invigorate the area’s overall augmentation. Moreover, the research underscores the significance of engaging in tactful and considerate public discourse concerning the Serbian Orthodox Church situated within the campus.