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Revival of City Squares in Balkan Cities
(2011 -2012)
Revival of City Squares in Balkan Cities, supported by the Swiss Cultural Programme for the Western Balkans, is a regional cooperation project, that brings together partners from both non-governmental and institutional sectors from 3 Balkan countries: Coalition for Sustainable Development – CSD, from Skopje, Macedonia, Co-Plan Institute for Habitat Development and Polis University, Tirana, Albania; and Expeditio - Centre for Sustainable Spatial Development from Kotor, Montenegro. Its aim is to contribute to the revival of city squares as viable public places that foster cultural identity and promote diversity through enforcement of public policies and active community participation. The action intends to achieve two major specific objectives: to promote national and regional policy discourse on how city squares can be transformed into vibrant community places (indeed, knowledge dissemination is the first step towards introducing new ideas and approaches how to transform public spaces into vibrant places that will serve community needs) and provide hands-on support to local authorities to undertake concrete actions for city square transformation. Activities envisaged with this project are designed to create an overall framework that encompasses elements of systematic approach: research that provides ground for feasible solutions based on creative energies and community aspirations and strengthened cross-sector and cross-border alliances that will ascertain visibility and onset of jointly established workable means for enactment.
Unfinished Modernisations- Between Utopia and Pragmatism
(2010-2012)

Unfinished Modernisations- Between Utopia and Pragmatism, supported by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, through the Culture Programme 2007-2013,is a cooperation project, that brings together partners from both institutional and non-institutional sectors from South-Eastern Europe: TrajekT, Ljubljana, and Umetnostna galerija Maribor (Maribor Art Gallery), Maribor (Slovenia); the Croatian Architects’ Society and the Institute for Contemporary Architecture, Zagreb (Croatia), the Belgrade Architects Society, Belgrade (Serbia) and the Coalition for Sustainable Development, Skopje, (Macedonia).
The project is aimed at fostering interdisciplinary research and critical overview on the production of built environment in its social, political and cultural contexts. It encompasses the countries that succeeded former Yugoslavia, spanning the period from the inception of the socialist state until today. The project seeks to detect effective, resilient, and socially responsible models of architecture and urban planning. While largely unexplored and lacking appropriate interpretation, many of the models created in the region were original and experimental and may be used as inspiration for a progressive current practise both inside and beyond the regional borders. The project also seeks to reconstruct an important segment of the shared history of South-Eastern Europe and to strengthen cross-cultural respect and understanding through trans-national collaboration and mobility.
(www.unfinishedmodernisations.net).

Imagine a City - Discussion on (opening of) the process of city planning
(12/2010 – 02/2011)

Skopje is everyday reality for its citizens and is also part of a broader context of a flux of people, goods and knowledge. The city is being built daily, but unless this practically irreversible activity is strategically planned then new city tissues could become a serious functional obstacle. The battle of participatory practices in contemporary urban projects can only be successful if the process of urban planning is open. Hence, the overall objective of this project was to bring together different actors (experts, scholars, architects, investors, local government authorities, citizens) in the process of city planning and to try to offer concrete examples of possible directions which could advance the future development of our capital, Skopje.

Implementing parties: First Archi Brigade, Skopje, Archis Interventions/SEE Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) – Debates on Tour programme, Coalition for Sustainable Development-CSD
Bike to Work is IN! (2010)

Bicycle transport brings a lot of advantages: less stress, less queues and less loss of time looking for a parking space. Not only does bicycle use, because of its practical value as a means of transport, contribute to resolving many mobility needs in an efficient and attractive manner (it is fast, comfortable, cheap and improves the health of its driver  and helps to keep in shape!), it is environmental friendly means of transport – contributes to the environment’s quality and energy saving. With aim to promote bicycle use and the initiative “Bike to Work” in Macedonia, we conducted a survey about the travelling habits of citizens in their everyday home-work displacements, and what is more important, what are the preconditions that will stimulate them to bike to work more often. The survey encompasses the opinion of 730 citizens, employed in public and private companies, banks, schools, hospitals, state institutions (public administration), non-governmental organisations…Thanks to Nova Makedonija, our media sponsor, who offered to publish the questionnaire in their newspaper, in the survey participated not only of the citizens of Skopje, but also citizens of all parts of the country.

Towards new strategies for communicating the cultural capital of Macedonia abroad (2009).

The project “Towards new strategies for communicating the cultural capital of Macedonia abroad” was inspired by the simple belief that whenever you give, you also receive. The discourse of sharing common values brings us to recognise that the great diversity of European cultural heritage would not be whole if some of its parts are missing. Macedonia is a country with a great cultural and architectural heritage, dating from ancient times, through the middle ages and up to the present, and also from the period that bears the title of modern. Maybe such classification of the periods does not correspond, in terms of a timeline, with the European classification of historical and cultural periods, but, in our belief, this is what gives our architectural heritage a marked uniqueness and value. Macedonia, being throughout the history always at the crossroads of eastern and western cultural influences, has created and interpreted architecture and cities in its specific way. And this is something that should be offered and communicated clearly: those differences, similarities, interpretations. On the other hand, what makes it even more interesting is the great variety and depth of richness in such a small territory. This is definitely a quality that deserves recognition. In this small territory there are trails of intersections over a vast range of time, with so many valuable buildings and settlements which offer visitors the feeling of a time-machine that constantly increases the degree of excitement. Respecting this, the aim of this project was to communicate the unique cultural contribution that Republic of Macedonia has to offer to the integrated European cultural space. The project focus was on the city of Skopje and its surroundings to present a representative sample of its architectural heritage. Our aim was not to repeat and reproduce existing information about this exquisite architectural heritage, but to find different ways how to communicate this richness, at home and abroad.

As a result of this project Skopje finally got its first Architectural Guide. The project, supported by GTZ and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia through the Secretariat for European Affairs, was implemented by CSD in collaboration with KWS-SO, Vienna, Austria.
I Like To Bike!
(2009)

Aim of the project was to educate and raise public awareness on the concept of sustainable development, with focus on issues related to sustainable urban transport in Skopje. Sustainable modes of transportation are an imperative for sustainable urban development. One of the major problems in all bigger cities, which applies to Skopje as well, is the enormous volume of traffic. The idea for the project came from the argument that cycling as a daily mode of transport can induce reduction of congestion, air pollution and traffic accidents. However, as all other modes, it needs to be facilitated. Bike mobility is a cultural factor. Therefore, to stimulate cycling in urban areas, a range of promotional, as well as infrastructural measures must be undertaken. One of them is provision of safe parking places for bicycles. The lack of a secure parking space keeps many people from using their bikes for everyday transportation. If International Day without Cars inspired you to drop the car in favour of two wheels, you may have noticed another problem: it isn’t always easy to find a place to safely park (lock) your bike, either. Leaving a bicycle unattended, even for a short period, can easily result in damage or theft. Finding a bike rack that doesn’t work or isn’t conveniently located makes for a frustrating experience. Hence, using the logic “if more parking breeds more cars, then properly located and adequate parking racks for bicycles should attract more bike users”, the project aim was by improving the bicycle parking capacity in Skopje to contribute towards creating conditions and stimulate cycling in urban areas not only for recreation, but also as a daily mode of transport

The project was implemented in partnership with the City of Skopje and the Municipality of Karposh.
Establishing and facilitating the Regional Parliamentary Green Lobby Group:
(2008- 2009)
Sustainable development is seen as a positive long-term vision for a society that is more prosperous and more just, and which promises a cleaner, safer, healthier environment - a society that delivers a better quality of life. Addressing the issues of sustainable development and protection of environment successfully, presupposes development and implementation of integrated and long-term policies and good institutional coordination and cooperation at all levels of government and the community, essential to realise the objectives of sustainability not only on local and national, but also on regional level. The argument of existence of national legal and administrative frameworks for protection of the environment in the Balkan countries (Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, etc) is not disputable - more or less, they are in line with the EU framework. However, having the laws and having them implemented in practice are two different things. Hence, the overall aim of the project was by facilitating a proactive collaboration of members of the Parliaments in the Region, to stimulate changes in the approach of the governments in promoting and implementing the urban sustainable development concept and protection of environment in the Region. The project represents a good example of regional cooperation between 5 organisations from three Balkan countries (Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro). It has provided a regional platform for discussions and debates on the main urban development issues related to environment. The Parliamentary Green Lobby Group project was recognised by the donors to be a success story when it comes to illustration of the role of CSOs in facilitating the collaboration, open discussions, and recommendations for future development and networking at regional level by bringing national and regional environmental and urban development priorities in front of the decision makers.
Youth in action for sustainable future - Think smart, take part!  (2009). The main focus of this project was put on involving young people to act creatively and in the spirit of sustainable development. The project was motivated by one key concept: Education. Education is as one of the fundamental driving forces that enable each and every individual to contribute and feel useful to society. We need to be empowered to take action to ensure that our decisions, and those that our governments make on our behalf, do not jeopardise the quality of life of current or future generations. Having in mind the seven key concepts of the education for sustainable development (Diversity, Quality of life, Rights and responsibilities, Needs and rights of future generations, Sustainable change, Need for flexibility and lifelong learning), but also that it is youth who are the future generations, it is very important to ensure that they are part of the process, as active creators, and not just passive spectators.
Take charge of your future! - Battery disposal awareness campaign (2009).

What if your source of energy was also great threat to your health, habitat and environment? On daily basis, many of our energy needs are met through using rechargeable and single-use dry cell batteries. Well, thank you science for that! BUT, their improper disposal contaminates water and soil sources, and is health threat. As simple as that!  The aim of this project was to raise awareness and promote models / ideas for proper disposal of batteries to prevent toxic material from being ingested by animals, plants and from contaminating our water supply, and by that to contribute towards solutions for a clean and sustainable environment in Macedonia.

Environmental effects of combustion of fossil fuels (2008- 2009) A comparative research project related to the products of combustion of fossil fuels and their effects on the air quality, and on the environment as a whole.