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I have often heard the phrase: ‘It cannot be done.’ There are solutions that require a combination of actions and the involvement of many people – especially if you only have one week to achieve them. This is why architecture students in Prishtina were skeptical at first. They have grown accustomed to neglected, abused and disused public spaces in their university campus and in their city. At the ECOWEEK workshop in Prishtina, our team of architects, Teuta JashariKajtazi, Elizabeta Poljoska and I, guided the students to ‘occupy’ and reclaim the public space for their use and for the students of a nearby public elementary school. Students envisioned new installations, designed and built them using reclaimed materials, and for the first time, began to do what is rarely done at their school – or in Prishtina in general: dream and act to change their reality. It was a small change, but the process has begun. Students will be reminded of the possibilities of change every time they sit in their new installations. The enthusiasm was contagious, too. The organizing team, led by architect Argjira Krasniqi, started planning to expand the interventions in additional university campuses, experiment with Permaculture vegetable gardens and pocket parks in downtown Prishtina. This is a city ‘struggling’ to reclaim and protect public spaces from private interests. This process of empowerment, courage, and initiative does not only apply to Prishtina and the special conditions there. We witnessed it from Copenhagen to Rome, and from London

to Tel Aviv. In all these cities, students were eager to get their hands dirty to design and build installations that change the existing reality, in a variety of circumstances and scales:

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