The mission of the Albania-NOW exhibition works to bring a greater understanding towards the design work, art and architecture that is evolving NOW in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and other nations within the Balkans.  While centralized in a region of both great cultural identity and past tumultuous relations,  a new generation of designers and artists continue to define what Albania is NOW – not what it has been.  Unlike many generations before, the emergence of a new design culture serves as evidence for a new beginning of the region, one bolstered by new academic institutions, such as, POLIS University in Tirana and the entrepreneurial opportunities provided by globalization.  The Albania-NOW exhibit displays this new spirit to Detroit while also serves to build new opportunities for academic, cultural and economic exchanges.

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