Divjakë territory, south of Tirana, is largely a lagoon, a precious asset in terms of biodiversity: in fact there is located the Divjakë-Karavasta National Park, which includes the Karavasta lagoon, one of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea.
The development potential of this territory collides with the difficulties of the transition process in Albania, which brings considerable social, economic and territorial consequences, reflected in an uncontrolled territorial and urban development. There is a lack of investment, coordination of strategies, a coordinated system of resource management: from waste treatment and sewage, which affect agricultural land, to management of the building stock. Ownership problems, furthermore, endanger the implementation of development projects.
The project responds to the need to implement structures and services that facilitate urban and architectural development, as well as the strengthening of the tourism sector, linked to the enhancement of the lagoon natural resources. The project, also, wants to develop a system that knows how to actively involve young people, offering targeted services and activating those community resources that can favour the economic development of the area.
Among the planned actions is the construction of a building in bioclimatic architecture, intended for the creation of an urban laboratory: a multifunctional center characterized by the active participation of the population, which offers co-design and coworking spaces, promotes active policies and tourism and environmental projects and initiatives to encourage youth participation.