Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bathore: The spider-web city

“The foundation of the city: a net which serves as passage and as support.”  Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   An article on my research published in Saturday’s Mapo (an Albanian national newspaper) has been met with a few negative comments about my favourable insights into Bathore and its residents, as well as criticisms regarding my […]

The Promised Land

I have spent the last month in Albania for my research, and I will be here for another two months. I am only just beginning to get to know Bathore, and it is a multi-faceted place, but my first impressions are of a working, living community that is sitting on the edge between the formal […]

Self-build in a time of austerity

Image: Habitat for Humanity   From tent cities and beds in sheds to overflowing hostels, shelters and B&Bs, inadequate housing and homelessness is growing. The austerity economy is putting undue pressure on housing and in the UK the bedroom tax and benefit cap are exacerbating a deepening housing crisis. The recession is quickly becoming an […]