The Albanian Concrete Mushrooms project is initiated by Gyler Mydyti and Elian Stefa, a graduate student duo who look to make better use of 75,000 inherited but tragically idle war bunkers.
The bunkers are made of solid concrete and steel and were once constructed to guard Albanians against an enemy that never arrived. Now these decrepit structures litter the country's coastal and inland scenery. Some are used to house restaurants while other masquerade as a jungle gym addition. The vision is to transform them into hostels so that backpackers may easily travel in a cheap and environmentally responsible way. A documentary feature and book has recently been released to underscore the steps of this ambitious plan.
The initiative is an admirable effort to up-cycle infrastructure to be better suited to the needs of both national and international citizens.