Concrete Mushrooms. Photo by dpr.barcelona
During June and July 2012, I copy-edited and helped Elian Stefa finish the book Concrete Mushrooms:Â Reusing Albania’s 750,000 Abandoned Bunkers, which was then published by dpr.barcelona in August 2012. The book, in Albanian and English, traces the history and fascinating “bunkerization” of Albania during the last years of Enver Hoxha’s dictatorship, and proposes a series of uses for these now discarded military structures. The project was originally started as a research project at the Politecnico di Milano. In August 2012, Concrete Mushrooms was also one of the initiators of Concrete in Common, an exhibition at Â the Kunst Raum Riehen, in Basel, Switzerland â€” which I reviewed for Domusweb â€”, and was presented as one of the projects in the Albanian Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition â€” Venice Biennale 2012.