Travel diary

Working day———————– Travel  diary ———————–

-  Friday 31 April 2010 –

FASE 1: preparation and game rules:

Once arrived in Tetove, the student have their first impressions about the city; many of them have heard about the city, but never been before in Tetovo; They met  the students of University SEE to start knowing each other and to explain them the  aims and methodology of  tomorrow’s  charette’s experience.

The city has been divided in 25 zones, students are divided in 25 groups too. Each groups is formed by 1 Polis student and 1 student of Tetovo (speaking both the languages, macedonian and albanian) and each group has to explore a zone. Students have to collect 10 interviews through questionnaires have been already made in Tirana, 20 photos and 1 small text for each zone.

Each group will collaborate with another one during the tour. The two groups together will choose the 3 photos most representative of their 2 zones.

. 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

trip from Tirana to Tetovo

. 6:00 pm

arrival at Tetovo

. 8:00 pm

Polis students and macedonian students meet each other: acquaintance and organization of next day work

  - Saturday 1 May 2010 -


FASE 2: urban excursions

The main aim is to collect more looks as possible: looks of students, looks of groups, looks of people living there… to have an image of today Tetovo. Questionnaires, photos and texts are instruments to explore city and to have contacts with inhabitants, to make us understand the  city but also to make citizens understanding the place they live, stimulating also their curiosity in our work.

Today is the first of May, a strange day to visiti city. Today is the workers’ day, it’s warm and sunny and a lot of citizens are out of city to have the traditional pic-nic with friends. It doesn’t matter, students are walking around, collecting informations, making their visions of Tetovo or changing the visions they had before. After excursions we have some rest and discuss together of the day: it was nice, and everyone has some funny experience to tell.

. 9:00 am

excursions start

. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

urban excursions

. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

discussion with professors group by group

. 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

collective discussion and general conclusions

-  Sunday 2 May 2010 -


FASE 3:  snapshot of Tetovo, Saturday 1 May 2010

After walking and discussing, students sit down together to synthesize the past experience and to create a database of the Tetovo seen by people that will be the starting point and an important source of inspiration for future studies and designs of city.

We have seen Tetovo on 1 May 2010 but we are thinking of how the city could be in future time.



. 9:00 pm – 1:00 pm

materials collection : 10 questionnaires, 20 photos, 1 description for each  zone

FASE 4: contestualization:

After seeing city, we leave it to have an idea of territory.

We go through cities, we go all over the streets of future EU corridors, we observe landscapes, we discover the places of political, social and cultural relationship in which Tetovo is.

. 2:00 pm- 9:00 pm

trip to capital – Skopje: misunderstanding past, present and future

- Monday 3 May 2010 -


. 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

travelling through central Macedonia, on the way home – historical and new-historical traces: Bitola, albanian past, macedonian present

. 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

coming back to Tirana

…to be continued 



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