Earlier in 2007, the Municipality of Prishtina completed a design competition for the project of Opera House of Prishtina, and announced German studio “ARW Architekten” as the winner. The project had then an estimated cost of 20,5 million euro and created a great controversial debate in the general public, but also architects in between. One of the main accusations was that the entire project was a waste of money, especially since the winning proposal was a scandalous example of lack of creativity and quality design. An opera house should be a landmark building and an architectural inspiration to the city.
The “International Spatial Design Competition for the Mobility Centre Project” in 2008, sought ideas for a new transport interchange and city spatial plan for the city of Ferizaj, situated in southern Kosovo. The objective was to produce a catalyst for the regeneration of the urban centre by integrating all modes of transport into a Mobility Centre – linking this regional city to neighboring capitals.
Cities targeted during the Kosovo conflict are ready for regeneration. What infrastructure do war torn cities need to sow the seeds of development and civic life? Arts / culture / sports / commerce / roads and rail transport at one extreme; tourism / oil pipelines and other resources / freight and freeways / foreign investment / military bases at the other.
Kosovarian architecture studio MA+P have transformed Ulpiana neighborhood, with their new design of an office building for one of the most successful companies in Kosova, IPKO information technology and communications company.