Studio With Care by Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius and Klodiana Millona
In February 2020, as part of our master studies at INSIDE Master of Interior Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts of the Hague, started working on a project in collaboration with Derviçan, a village located in a rural area in the south of Albania. After meeting the local community and exploring their customs and the environment of the village, each of us collected many insights and shaped different topic of interests that we found important for Derviçan. Thanks to the unconditional hospitality of the inhabitants of the village and their openness, we were able to develop all these projects.
After the first visit, we were planning to return a second time for a 1:1 scale intervention on site. Unfortunately, due to the spread of Covid-19, we could not travel back to the village. Therefore, we embraced the challenge rethinking our practices and plans responding to the current situation of a global lockdown; some of us chose to move away from the reality of Derviçan while others maintained it as the proposal’s core. However, in all our projects the “care” experienced in Derviçan lies beneath the development of each of our projects and is manifested through new connotations.
We created a website that contains all our projects and represents what we were doing the whole semester. This site is our attempt to take care of ourselves, each other, our projects, Derviçan and you.