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The Filigree Maker: the Kosovan Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale

Kosovan architecture made its debut at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. This landlocked, new European country is now among 55 nations that have presence in the largest and most prestigious architectural event in the world. The country’s pavilion design, The Filigree Maker, of the curator Përparim Rama was chosen by the Kosovo`s Ministry of Culture as an opportunity to promote the heritage and potential of the Republic of Kosovo in architecture.

The Glass Box by Maden Group

Buying our own products directly affects the economic development of our state, increasing the number of jobs and improving the social well-being. Therefore to support the local producers and encourage consumption of local products, the organizers of Shpija e Kosoves Reality Show (the Kosovan version of Big Brother Show) hired the local architecture practice MADEN Group to design the Prishtina’s Glass Box, where three people would live in for a week consuming only local products.

Mother Theresa Museum in Prizren

Kosovan architecture office Pacarizi Architects has sent us their proposal of their new project Mother Theresa Museum in Prizren. More images and a quick architects description after the break.

Prizren will have the first and probably the smallest museum in after war Kosova. In front of the Prizren Catholic cathedral, just across the street Gezim Paçarizi architect is building (2009-2012) a small museum.

Qyteti im, deshira ime, zhgenjimi im…

QYTETI IM, DËSHIRA IME, ZHGËNJMI IM, DHEMBJA IME

…Qyteti nuk është një tekst i rrallë, bile nuk është tekst fare. Do të ishte iluzioni më i keq nëse qyteti lexohet si një objekt, prandaj ai është një formë e jetës, një entitet shoqëror.

Qyteti në funksion të ndërtesës arkitektonike, apo ndërtesa arkitektonike në harmoni me qytetin? E ngrita këtë problematikë që në fillim të këtij shkrimi protestues e njëherit edhe lehtësues për ndërgjegjen time të rënduar nga pa mundësia e ndryshimit rrënjësor të praktikave të tilla që dita ditës po e degradojnë e shkatërrojnë çerdhen e jetës së lumtur sociale – Qytetin! . Më gumëzhijnë vargjet e Migjenit “Ah si se kam një grusht të fortë, ti e bie këtij malit që heshtë”, veçse unë po e përdori në një kontekst pak më ndryshe porse me të njëjtin vrull inat, dhe pezëm.

“Ibrahim Rugova” square ready to be built

“Ibrahim Rugova” square in Prishtina has finally gotten the green light, because the municipality has chosen “Allzone & ABC” consortium, as contractors of the project that will cost around 4 Million Euros.

Both companies “Allzone” and “ABC” have previous experience in road construction and the Municipality of Prishtina has considered them as successful and has trusted them the project. Mabetex was also part of the competition, but they were considered too expensive.