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“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.

Klan KOSOVA Television

“Klan KOSOVA Television” is one of the first examples of industrial building transformation in Kosovo (it was one a manufacturing plant for shock absorbers). It is seen as a model on raising people’s awareness in recycling and reusing materials. The architectural concepts generated from reused and recycled...

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ONUP Talks 2014: Visar Geci

  Watch above the video talk by Visar Geci of INNARCH the architectural practice famous for their Don Cafe conceptual interior designs, giving an extent to which technology has transformed the architecture, and the challenges of architecture education abroad....

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ONUP Talks 2014: Besian Mehmeti

In this video lecture during ONUP Talks 14 by Besian Mehmeti, founder or BM Architects, discusses the pros and cons on participation on international and local competitions, sharing with us their approach and the process that characterizes an architectural competition. Find out more about BM Architects'...

In this video lecture during...

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ONUP Talks 2014: Fatlum Radoniqi

Architect Fatlum Radoniqi, has given a lecture at ONUP Talks 2014 on "Home or Abroad" experience and his designing approach. Fatlum begin his talk by introducing his first years on architecture and the professional growth as an expatriate. Learn more about Fatlum's work by watching the video above....

Architect Fatlum Radoniqi,...

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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...

Exactly one year ago to this d...

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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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NARTEL CENTER

Located in the future building complex of the Lakrishte neighborhood, a new apartment building has been inserted into the existing context with remarkable ease. Architects of Nartel Company designed a composition based on the area's rise scale, which has made possible the incorporation of a higher...

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Villa 70 by MADEN Group

In a pocket of countryside between Mitrovica and Prishtina, lying in a small plot of no more than 200 square meters, the architects of the local firm MADEN Group, recently designed and built a 70 square meters vacation house. Architects’ description and images, after the break. Villa...

In a pocket of countryside bet...

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NM HOUSE by Arcadis Studio

The private housing market for single families is one of the only fields that the architects in Kosova still have some freedom to innovate and explore new conceptual and spatial possibilities. The project of ARCADIS Studio, is a good example of this fact. Designed by...

The private housing market for...

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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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Spatial Emotions book

Akademia Evolucion Interior Design department is launching an international book with the title Spatial Emotions on March 2015. It is aimed to reach variety of readers through the field of design, especially design students through English and Albanian speaking countries. Akademi Evolucion welcomes designers’ articles related...

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U.S. Embassy in Prishtina

Birmigham Business Journal reports that BL Harbert International has been commissioned for building works of the American Embassy in Prishtina, designed by New York’s Davis Brody Bond architects and planners. Read the full article by bizjournals.com after the break. Birmingham-based BL Harbert International will build the new...

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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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DIDA House by Pacarizi

The private housing market for single families is one of the few architectural structures that is positively changing during the recent years in Kosova. It is where architects still have the opportunity and some freedom to innovate and explore new conceptual and spatial possibilities. This...

The private housing market for...

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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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Follow up: Architecture in Kosova

Dear readers, 5 years ago since we started ONUP we have featured our magazine portal in various social networks, including here FLICKR, an image hosting and video hosting website. Therefore starting of today we will feature a selection from our Flick group, showing on this round photos of different...

Dear readers, 5 years ago sinc...

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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...

As professionals struggle to t...

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International College in Mitrovica

In the multiethnic city and one of the oldest urban settlements of Kosova, Mitrovica, the new building of the International College opened last autumn, with the other one following at the other side of the “divided” city. The already build building, designed by URBAN Plus, is...

In the multiethnic city and o...

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Out of three, none started!

Even though over one million Euros of this year’s budget were planned for capital investments on the field of architecture, the Municipality of Prishtina still hasn't spent a dime on them in over a year. The three major projects which were planned to begin this year, still...

Even though over one million E...

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Ecoweek Kosova, October 12-19!

ECOWEEK Kosova, debuts this Sunday in Prishtina for the first time! Creating exciting opportunity to students and professionals from different countries, by bringing ECOOWEEK’s principles of education, cooperation, and sustainability in Kosova. Scheduled to take place this Sunday, with the opening lectures and welcomes at the...

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Ecoweek Prishtina 2014

As a non-governmental NGO with the mission to raise awareness on environmental issues and to promote the principles of sustainability, ECOWEEK organizes conferences and workshops across Europe that inspire and empower young architects to be active designers for the benefit of their communities. Now for the...

As a non-governmental NGO with...

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Minimax CITY Complex

During the last decade, Prishtina experienced a big movement of population which had an influence on the increase of the urban area within the city center. Therefore this new apartment building complex is aimed for the inhabitants who would rather not want to live in...

During the last decade, Prisht...

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Prishtina: Modernism Delayed

by Eliza Hoxha and Ilir Gjinolli The processes of urbanization of the inherited ottoman city in Kosovo and the transformation of the society from agricultural to an industrial one started very late comparing to the other cities in the Balkans and Europe. Between the 1914 and 1946,...

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sculpEDU III

After the city’s most important festival Doku:Fest, the third annual arts & sculpture festival Sculp’EDU will return to Prizren with its most ambitious and exciting program to date. Over the course of five days, 3-7 September, the festival welcomes the participants from all around, which...

After the city’s most import...

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“Fleksibiliteti” eBook

"Fleksibiliteti tek objektet e banimit", nga Blerim Lutolli  Objektet shumë banesore në Prishtinë mbijnë si kërpudhat pas shiut, të cilat ende pa u 'rritur' mirë kanë filluar të prishen. Ato janë jo fleksibile, jo funksionale dhe nuk i përgjigjen kërkesave që dalin nga shfrytëzuesit. Tek to, shpesh...

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Kosova Pavilion at 14′ Venice Biennale

After a very characteristic exhibit on the 13’ Architecture Biennale in Venice, Kosova’s Pavilion was entitled as one of the most photographed pavilion among the national pavilions. Now returning for the second time to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, local architect Gezim Pacarizi has been chosen to curate this year’s Pavilion.

Pacarizi responds to Rem Koolhas theme with the project “Visibility (Imposed Modernism)”, unveiling a circular tower built by traditional chairs, reflecting on the cultural qualities and socio-economic challenges of our country, specifically the old city of Prizren.

The full brief and more information by the author, after the break…

LE CORBUSIERI SHQIPTARË

nga Ernest Ferizi Në pamundësinë që të kontribuonim në mënyrë të drejtpërdrejtë në ndryshimet urbanistike të Prishtinës, lëviznim gotat e ujit dhe të makiatos me profesorin, duke i trajtuar ato si objekte ndërsa tavolinën afër të cilës ishim ulur e trajtonim si qytetin tonë të dashur të...

nga Ernest Ferizi Në pamund...

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Për faltoren e UP-së

nga Getoar Mjeku Nji ndërtesë gogol n’oborrin e universitetit ma në fund mund t’u hyjë në punë studentëve që u ka zanë rrugën tash e njizet vjet. Pushtuesit e nisën asokohe për pakicën sunduese. Por sod, kisha e pakryeme pranë bibliotekës mund t’u vyejë të gjithëve...

nga Getoar Mjeku Nji ndërtes...

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Kosovar students, competition winners

The annual students competition “Society for all ages” organized by UN-HABITAT and ICCC (International Council for Caring Communities), have announced the winners of its 2014 edition. Among the winners of the principal awards of the competition, second entry winners were Kosovar students, Dafine Shllaku and Laura Shllaku, with their project proposal for the development of an integrated community.

Model School by Urban Plus

Prishtina capital is starting to flow and projects keep up going, with once again Urban Plus on the spotlight. Bringing a big focus on reusable and adaptable structures with the Green School project, Urban Plus is yet again laying their ambition of creating a school that raises the level of educational facilities in Kosova, providing a beautiful environment for the cultivation of culture, knowledge, art and ethics.

EUROPAN 12 GJILAN RESULTS!

EUROPAN KOSOVA has just published the results for Europan 12 Competition, taking site in Gjilan. Out of 35 projects submitted by young architects that we’re in the look of a more innovative result of urban solutions, with the theme “The Adaptable City”.

The jury of international architects has unanimously announced their verdict of no first prize winner, announcing the runner up entry with code XX634 and a special mention to the entry with code AH655.

Green Habitat by Maden Group

Another project commended by the young architects at Maden Group, reflecting the idea of creating a high standard residential and recreational building with a green character, providing thus qualitative and innovative values to the urban life.

As a whole, the building is 2B+P+12 and includes 21,820 square meters, shaped through sustainable development and modern projecting, and divided into two separate units: that of living and that of common spaces. Architects’ description and more images after the break.

Snøhetta Lecture and Workshop

Rethink Space foundation recently announced their upcoming lecture and workshop of Snøhetta Studio, an award-winning international architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm based in Oslo Norway, which will be giving a lecture to the audience of Prishtina, at the Modelarium of FCEA Dept. of Architecture, during September 18th – 19th.

Further lecture information and the posters after the break.

Europan 12 Kosova Exhibit

Earlier this year, we publicized the Europan 12 Kosova Competetion taking site in Gjilan with the theme “The Adaptable City”, tempting young architects on improving the cultural life in the city and provide new facilities for municipal administration, and changing the image of the center with new civic buildings and public spaces.

EUROPAN KOSOVA invites you into emerging architect’s universe, on the EUROPAN KOSOVA 12 exhibit, which will be on display at the City Gallery (Theater Building) in Gjilan on the 6th of September, presenting and analyzing innovattive design strategies of Gjilan’s city center, provided by more than 35 international and national participants.

Hamam Jazz Bar shortlisted for “Best Bar Design of the World”

World Architecture News Competition has chosen Hamam Jazz Bar Prishtina as one of the “Top Best Bar Designs in the World”, putting it together on a list with competitors from Paris, Barcelona, London, NYC, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, etc.

An extensive group of excellent designers and architects were part of the judges’ panel, which achieved to put a short list of entries based on different categories, among which in the category of bars competing with hundreds of top-quality entries from around the world, Hamam has achieved to attract their attention and be shortlisted together with other projects from companies like Pinkeye, Minarc or ATP Sphere GmbH.

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.

Raiffeisen Bank Headquarters?

A few years ago, we featured Treuscher architecture practice proposal for the new headquarters of Raiffeisen Bank. Now, we are here with another HQ proposal, this time by kub-a, another Austrian practice architecture proposal of whatever this mysterious project may be! Sited in Hemshir the district of new high-rises, the project site is at the cross-section of Tirana and Kosta Novakoviq Street.

More images and architects’ description after the break.

Besa Group HQ by archlab

Besa Group HQ and apartments tower, designed by the young local architects of archlab, is an under construction project  planned to be finished with the end of this year.

Situated in Prishtina, in Kalabria district, this ten storey (G+9) building is a mixed-use building which will house Besa Group HQ offices and residential apartments on the above floors. The area where the building is situated borders Dardania, a highly inhabited district in Prishtina, where the tangent street to the block “Lidhja e Pejës” plays a strategic importance by connecting two different areas of the city. On the other hand, the block targeted by the project is dense, comprising mostly of residential buildings and apartments which have been built recently.