“SEAMbisiosis” winners of Europan 13 Gjakova

Dea Luma, Erblin Bucaliu, and Rrita Pula are the architects of one of the winners of the Europan 13 Architecture Competition. Their project “SEAMbiosis”, is the winning proposal for the historic city of Gjakova, aiming to revitalize the city center and further develop the “Krena” riverbank, as well as create better connectivity within town.

More images and architects’ description after the break.

ONUP Talks 2014 lectures

Exactly one year ago to this date we started the ONUP Talks series, where with the support of the Kosovar Ministry of Diaspora, we organized the symposium ONUP Talks 14: “Home or Abroad”, with diaspora professionals which have learned "habits" and "craft" from schools/places where they...

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Transforming Garibaldi Street

With the goal to convert the city’s central road, into a more elegant space that befits the functionality and the touristic attraction to the city, the Department of Infrastructure of Prishtina municipal have begun with the regeneration of Garibaldi Street. Garibaldi Street is one of the...

With the goal to convert the c...

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BMA + Tresi proposal on Gjakova’s Park

Aiming to consolidate the park site in to a more rational space, the team led by Besian Mehmeti Architects and Rron Tresi have won the special mention award, on the competition launched by municipal of Gjakova to redesign city’s park area. Designed to act as a welcoming landmark for the...

Aiming to consolidate the park...

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EUROPA 13 Gjakova

As we've revealed earlier,  the Europan 13 competition is now open! Young architects and professionals of the urban design under 40 years of age can now participate to the competition on one or more than 49 different sites in 15 European countries, including the site proposed by the Municipality...

As we've revealed earlier,  ...

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VIDEO: Urban chaos in Prishtina

In a local TV show, some professionals of architecture and urban planning in Kosova made a brief appearance talking about urbanization and living of urban life in Prishtina, with its difficulties and forthcoming challenges. Whereas governors are trying to deal with more vital problems in politics, some opportunist investors...

In a local TV show, some profe...

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French to develop Brezovica ski resort

Since 2013 when the Government of Kosova initiated discussions with possible investors for an exclusive development of Brezovica’s ski resort, now this project of a national importance has ended its final stage. Among many consortiums proposals, including bidders of an Austrian-American consortium, Bulgarian-Austrian consortium, a...

Since 2013 when the Government...

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A square in honor of Ismail Qemali

Prishtina will have a new venue for its citizens, honoring the independence architect of Albanian Country, Ismail Qemali. Major of the Municipality of Prishtina, Shpend Ahmeti, has hosted today a delegation from Vlora, headed by the chief of the State Control and the former deputy, Bujar...

Prishtina will have a new venu...

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A contemporary obelisk in Gjakova

As professionals struggle to template modern monuments, Gjakova will soon have its first contemporary cenotaph proposed and designed by Maden Group, in the remembrance of Gjakovar soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the nation. This war memorial project expresses the path of so many young...

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GJAKOVA on EUROPAN

Gjakova as one of the major cities of Kosovo is going through spatial transitions, which leave it open to improvement but also degradation. A big issue to this city is the interconnection between the old part of the city which mainly consist of “Çarshinë e...

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Snøhetta in the hood

A few weeks back ReThink Space and Studio Snøhetta a world famous practice of urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, and interior architecture office based in Oslo, Norway and New York, USA challenged the young architects in Prishtina organizing a workshop from September 18-19, to design possible interventions in the city’s public spaces.

The following article, by Cristina Marí elaborates the creative solutions to the respond of city’s public spaces, originally appeared in KOSOVO 2.0 as “Playing with the dark corners of Prishtina”.

Prishtina Used To Have Two Rivers

by Attila Beksac

Prishtina seems too hasty these days. The city,  which is the youngest capital of both Balkans and Europe has lots of problems to solve while ‘turbo-urbanism’ has taken effect in whole its distritcs .

It can be said, this experience that Prishtina has been tasting since the end of Kosovo War is familiar and has taken its roots from the ex-memories of territory’s rich historical cities. ‘Identity crisis’ seems obviously  the most suitable topic to call this developments.

Gjakova University Campus Entry

The proposal submitted by Dafina Muriqi, Shpat Pozhegu and Besmir Hasi is one of the total two submissions for the “Campus Design Competition of the University of Gjakova”. Although the competition was cancelled in absence of more than three participants, the proposal of these young architects deserves to be part of our website architectural proposals. More details about the project, after the break…

Europan 12 Kosova: Team Up!

EUROPAN is a call for projects of ideas at the urban and architectural scale, addressed to young architects under 40 years of age, which look for innovative housing solutions in different urban sites in European towns.

Following a successful first-time organization of the Europan 11 competition, Europan Kosova is participating also this year’s Europan 12 competition, among the 15 other participating countries on the theme The Adaptable City with the project site in Gjilan. For further information on the competition and participating details, read after the break.

Peja Bazaar: A Winning Collaboration

Finalizing the series of winners of the competition on revisioning the Peja city centre, the winning proposal from architects Fatlum Radoniqi, Arben Verzivolli and Kastriot Jaka was highly regarded for the “simplicity and neutrality” of their approach. Among 14 proposals that were submitted, this winning collaboration struck the jury with a design that was “as much pragmatic as it was poetic and artistic”-city officials have cited. Below find the exclusive images and description as submitted by the architects.

PEJA BAZAAR by Urban Plus

On the competition Peja Bazaar, features as spatial development, functionality and practicability were taken much into consideration. Therefore the second winning proposal by Urban PLUS presented a variety of a combined appearance transferring the plot to the required number of units resulting on mosaic architecture of eight different cubes, providing commonly accessible spaces, with an inner square that would satisfy the needs of the shop owners and meanwhile provide a better access to the riverfront.

Continue after the break for more images and description by the project authors.

Locus: Proposal by Maden Group

On the recent publication from the Department of Urbanism and Environmental Protection of the Municipality of Peja on the winners of the competition Peja City Center, Maden Creative Studio held the third place. This studio`s design approach named Locus, or the center of activities or power, not only merges the architecture with the overwhelming natural beauties the city of Peja hosts, but also redefines this part of the city as the center of all future activities. Below you may find the studio`s design description and exclusive presentation renderings.

Peja: A city seeking European trends

A city of 96,000, home of the White Drin River and the picturesque Rugova Canyon, Peja is undergoing vast urban developments. Recently, the Department of Urbanism and Environmental Protection of the Municipality of Peja held a competition on revisioning the center of the city, as per the Urban Regulatory Plan “Centre, Kapeshnica and Karagaqi”.

Lectures: the art of extra credit

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Scholars are not only defined by acquiring academic knowledge, rather by sharing the social responsibility that derives from that knowledge, for they need to be as much active inside their academic curriculum as outside of it. As today`s trends have shifted from emphasizing “star architects” to raising consciousness on the social responsibility of their architecture, students as future urban shapers need to welcome the idea of participating on public discourses and debates even if there is no extra credit involved. Despite the lack of international speakers and substandard education practices in our universities, public lectures and workshops host fairly large amount of audience, an occurrence which is to venerate and gives hope that things are changing for good.