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Visiting architect, curator from Kosovo to present lecture

November 04, 2010

On Nov. 15, the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) invites the public to attend a free lecture with Vala Osmani at the ASU School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Osmani is an architect, curator and program director and senior manager of Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art in Prishtina, Kosovo, an institution that focuses on the intersection between art and architecture. During the lecture, Osmani presents the initial findings of her Arizona-based research, as well as her work with Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art.

Trained as an architect, Osmani is interested in the influence of political and economic concerns on the built environment and issues of architecture in a post-crisis situation. During her time in Arizona, she will work with members of the ASU community, as well as local artists, architects and curators. Her research focus is architecture and freedom, space and audience

Since co-founding the Architecture Department of Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art in 2006, Osmani has worked on numerous projects, including the collaborative project Le Monde Autour de Vous at the Brussels Biennale 1, and the publication, The way Between Prishtina and Belgrade has 28000 un-proper build objects. So it will never be an autobahn!

Osmani’s residency, Oct. 14-Nov. 17, is hosted by PURL, a program within ASU's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture that focuses on sustainable urban design and development, and is sponsored by New York-based CEC Artslink, an international arts organization.

The public is invited to attend Osmani's free lecture held Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. on the Bridge in ASU's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CDN 250), 810 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ. For more information about Osmani's lecture and other events at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, visit:

Aaron Rothman,