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Grégoire Deberdt

http://www.gregoiredeberdt.com

125 boulevard de Ménilmontant, Paris, France
Gregoire Deberdt (FR) studied architecture and urban planning (ENSA Versailles), urban policies (Sciences Po Paris) and landscape design (Genech Institute). Based in Paris, he founded A.O in 2019, multiplying multidisciplinary collaborations, focusing in the understanding of the present state of cities and territories. Prior to launch his own practice he has worked for Herzog & de Meuron (CH), Studio Mumbai (IN) and Barrault Pressacco (FR), and currently teaches at the EAVT.

Diasporic Ties


Understanding the city and the diaspora

Diasporic Ties


Understanding the city and the diaspora
An investigation of the spatial manifestations of the ties of the diaspora with the city of Pristina.
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  • Site-specific cases

While a lot of research has been done on how the diaspora can transform fragments of the city they live in, few has been investigated on the spatial manifestations of their ties with their departure city. In the European territory, the case of Prishtina is complex and radical, as a constant flow of remittances from the diaspora irrigates its economy and thereby its real estate and construction sectors. While standing in a position of openness and un-dogmatism, the observation of the urban evolution from post-conflictual informal constructions to the new unbridled residential developments raises environmental, social and economic issues. The Diasporic Ties project gathers a work of interview recordings, mapping and photo reports, identifying precise situations and their evolutions. Thereby the project wishes to create a new source of thoughts and debate within and beyond Kosovo, and to initiate new narratives crossing the territorial policies and the architectural disciplines.


Diasporic Ties


Understanding the city and the diaspora

Diasporic Ties


Understanding the city and the diaspora
An investigation of the spatial manifestations of the ties of the diaspora with the city of Pristina.
File under
Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

While a lot of research has been done on how the diaspora can transform fragments of the city they live in, few has been investigated on the spatial manifestations of their ties with their departure city. In the European territory, the case of Prishtina is complex and radical, as a constant flow of remittances from the diaspora irrigates its economy and thereby its real estate and construction sectors. While standing in a position of openness and un-dogmatism, the observation of the urban evolution from post-conflictual informal constructions to the new unbridled residential developments raises environmental, social and economic issues. The Diasporic Ties project gathers a work of interview recordings, mapping and photo reports, identifying precise situations and their evolutions. Thereby the project wishes to create a new source of thoughts and debate within and beyond Kosovo, and to initiate new narratives crossing the territorial policies and the architectural disciplines.



Idea by

Grégoire Deberdt
125 boulevard de Ménilmontant
Paris
France
Gregoire Deberdt (FR) studied architecture and urban planning (ENSA Versailles), urban policies (Sciences Po Paris) and landscape design (Genech Institute). Based in Paris, he founded A.O in 2019, multiplying multidisciplinary collaborations, focusing in the understanding of the present state of cities and territories. Prior to launch his own practice he has worked for Herzog & de Meuron (CH), Studio Mumbai (IN) and Barrault Pressacco (FR), and currently teaches at the EAVT.