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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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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...

Akademia Evolucion Interior De...

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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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VIDEO: “Boro-Ramizi” Center

  We’ve just stumbled upon this awesome video on a TV show made in 1975 by the local Television of Prishtina, showing the enthusiasm of the capital's inhabitants, respectively employees of different companies for the construction of sports and recreation facilities, which then would be called Social Sports...

  We’ve just stumbled ...

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ONUP Talks on “Home or Abroad”

ONUP Talks is debuting on its first edition, as an architecture symposium organized by ONUP Platform with the support of the Kosovar Ministry of Diaspora, on a series of talks by well-known Kosovan architects and artists living and working all around the world. The event will...

ONUP Talks is debuting on its ...

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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...

ECOWEEK Kosova, debuts this Su...

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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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“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...

"Fleksibiliteti tek objektet e...

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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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Kosova at the 14th Venice Biennale

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Kosova has announced that Kosova once again will be part of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Responding to this year’s director Rem Koolhaas’ theme, titled “Fundamentals”, Minister Krasniqi has appointed an Advisory Board, which will propose 3 to 5 potential candidates for curating this edition’s Pavilion of Kosova.

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.

Best of ONUP 2013

It’s December, and we want to thank all of our visitors, contributors and partners on collaborating with us on increasing awareness of the architectural culture in Kosovo, followed by publications of local projects, architect profiles, and various architectural events!

Over the past 12 months we’ve introduced some awesome projects accomplished by the architectural practices in Kosovo, thus we would like to present a Top 10 of the most popular projects of 2013 assembled by the reactions and the shares of our visitors.

Until 2014, we wish you a Happy New Year full of love and lots of inspiration. Thank you!

PAW 2013: day 4 – Lulzim Kabashi

So we’re back with another Prishtina Architecture Week 2013 lecture. Presenting Lulzim Kabashi, the Kosovan-born architect from Ivanisin. Kabashi. Arhitekti practice, headquartered in Croatia. Kabashi walked the audience through their studio design projects, and the new developing project of “The New Prishtina” – West Zone regulatory plan.

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.

PAW 2013: day 3 – Enric Ruiz Geli

Prishtina Architecture Week 2013 hosted a lecture by the respected architect Enric Ruiz-Geli, the founder of Cloud 9. Presenting his practice works, Enric Ruiz-Geli explained to the Kosovarian audience their office commitment to the use of new technological development and the perfomative dimension of architecture, creating smart structures mimicking nature.  A great example of his work is Media –TIC an innovative building project with a net-like steel structure, awarder by WAF 2011 World’s Building of the Year.

PAW 2013: day 3 – Bostjan Vuga

Bostjan Vuga together with Jurij Sadar is the co-founder of SADAR + VUGA, one of the most prominent practices from the eastern Europe. Participating in many projects in Kosova, such as the redevelopment proposal Arberia Park and being awarded the second prize winner to the Prishtina Central Mosque international competition, Bostjan Vuga came back giving a lecture during the Prishtina Architecture Week 2013.

PAW 2013: day 2 – Bujar Nrecaj

Watch Bujar Nrecaj of BNArchitects giving a lecture during Prishtina Architecture Week 2013, talking about his own architectural studio and the ideas he is applying since his return to Kosovo. This 60 minutes video lecture tours viewers through his intention of creating a meaningful, powerful and simple architecture, along with his effort of recreating and reinterpreting the urban built environment.

PAW 2013: day 1 – Arbnor Murati

Kosovan architect Arbnor Murati director of the “swiss-kosovan” based practice MORKOTE, on his lecture during Prishtina Architecture Week 2013 gave an insight into their past and current works of his practice. Sharing his design challenges and the success story on winning the prestigious international competition of the Campusuniversity USI/SUPSI, Lugano.

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.

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.

Urban Plus open studios

Last week during Prishtina Architecture Week, Urban Plus held an open studio session welcoming students and freelancers of the profession to their working environments, to see what’s been happening by looking around the studios and talking to each of the staff personally about their work. Check for more photos after the break.

An EU home for Kosovars

Most of us might of noticed the cartoon-colored sidewalk concrete protectors on the narrow street by the Swiss Diamond Hotel, or the colored sidewalk across from the Prishtina`s newly built Cathedral, and wondered whether this street art was vandalism or legal art pieces. Fortunately, these art pieces were the winners of an EU-funded project called Culture for All. Managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo and implemented by ARS PROGETTI SpA (Italy) in July 2012, this competition called young artists and artists’ groups from all over Kosovo to participate in a visual arts prize competition for street artmural paintings, applied arts, photography and/or installations in urban space. On September of 2012 the jury declared the winner artists, among which was Senat Haliti, an architect from the old city of Prizren who authored the “EU Pavilion”.

Prishtina Architecture Week: Day 6

After a numerous events in Prishtina Archtitecture Week which included many interesting lectures, screenings and exhibitions, this year’s edition of Prishtina Architecture Week ended with different exhibitions and an architectural tour in Prishtina. This time, the open studio was held in Përparim Rama’s 4M office in Prishtina.

Prishtina Architecture Week: Day 5

The fifth day of Prishtina Architecture Week, started as usual with the workshops underway, trailed up with the exhibitions held at the Modelarium of FCEA Department of Architecture and at Kosovo’s Academy of Science and Arts. Continuing to the open studio of one of the biggest architectural practices in Prishtina  – ANARCH.

Prishtina Architecture Week: Day 4

On its fourth day, the Prishtina Architecture week stayed true to the planned schedule, starting with workshops, exhibits, open studios, and closing the day with lectures and screenings.

The Prishtina based architecture company ArchiEdu presented Graphisoft ArchiCad 17 to the audience, showing the program’s new platform and advanced features which make it a more reliable tool for architects to use.

Prishtina Architecture Week: Day 2

The Prishtina Architecture Week moved into its second and busiest day yet.

It started off with exhibits, student reviews, open studio in the morning and afternoon and concluded with lectures and screening late this evening at Modelarium – FCAE Department of Architecture. The “prime time” of today`s events started with the lecture of Bujar Nrecaj from bnarchitects on his firm`s past and present projects.

Prishtina Architecture Week: Day 1

The inaugural of Prishtina Architecture Week took place this afternoon to a capacity crowd at Modelarium – FCAE Department of Architecture. Ila Beka & Louise Lemoine engaged in with “Koolhaas Houselife” – a documentary from the Living Architecture Series, following after by an inspiring conversation touching on cinematographic architecture. Part of today’s event as well was the “swiss-kosovan” based practice MORKOTE, chaired by Arbnor Murati which gave an insight into their past and current workings of his practice.

CMPR: OODA + AND-re

Here’s another proposal from the many entries of the Central Mosque of Prishtina International Competiton, by Portuguese practice OODA studio in collaboration with AND-re. This proposal illustrates the glowing strength of the Islamic religious architecture embraced in architecture and the instant significance to the current state of architectural philosophy in Kosovo. Project description from the architects, after the break…

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…

CMPR: Taller 301 & L+CC

Recently the Islamic Community of the Republic of Kosova announced the three winners of the Central Mosque of Prishtina International Competition, with no first prize winners announcing Sadarvuga and a Turkish practice as runner offs competitors, for the final design improvments in accordance with further suggestions from the Islamic Community.

However, other competitors shared their entry proposals with the public. Referring to bustler.net publication, see the brief proposal by Colombian practice Taller 301 and Dutch practice L+CC.

Central Mosque – Competition Winners

The winners of the international design competition for the Central Mosque of Prishtina were recently announced by the organizer, the Islamic Community of the Republic of Kosova. The competition had invited freelancers from around the world to design a place of worship, a place of multidimensional functions, a landmark of Kosova.

The announced results for the CMPR design competition draws with NO first place winner!