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Simon Battisti & Leah Whitman-Salkin

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Leah Whitman-Salkin
(USA/ALB) is an editor based in Tirana, Albania. Committed to the collaborative aspect of editing, her work explores translation, the space of the visual and the written, and the process of making public through publishing. In 2016 she was the curator, with Simon Battisti and Åbäke, of the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale—an editorial experiment in translation, music, and emotive spaces. She is deputy editor of Harvard Design Magazine, and former editor at Sternberg Press.

Simon Battisti (USA/ALB) is an architect and teacher based in Tirana, Albania. His work focuses on alternative, critical approaches toward development within urban planning. Through teaching and research, he has been studying tourism planning in Albania, and the possibilities for autonomous rural communities to thrive within a weak state. In 2016, he was curator, with Leah Whitman-Salkin and Åbäke, of “I Have Left You the Mountain,” the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which used singing to articulate ways in which patterns of departure have affected Albanian cities and towns for the past five centuries.

Recent projects have been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the National Territorial Planning Agency of Albania (AKPT); the German Cooperation for Development (GIZ); the Institute for Democracy, Media, and Culture; and the Municipality of Tirana.

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Left: “I Have Left You the Mountain,” Albanian Pavilion 2016, 15th Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Photo credit: Špela Volčič

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