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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.

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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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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Revitalization of Adem Jashari Square?

Based on anonymously-presented submission, Shpend Ahmeti the mayor of Prishtina announced on his official Facebook profile, the project for the revitalization of Adem Jashari square floor, located in between the Municipality and the Assembly of Kosova. Revitalizing of Adem Jashari Square is a priority for the City...

Based on anonymously-presented...

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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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Kosovo gets World Bank support for energy efficiency

Kosovo has clinched a deal with the World Bank for the $31 million Kosovo Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project (KEEREP). The project intends to lower energy consumption and fossil fuel use in public buildings, the Bank said in a statement posted on its website. Kosovo...

Kosovo has clinched a deal wit...

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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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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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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...

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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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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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,...

by Eliza Hoxha and Ilir Gjinol...

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The voice of majority!

Yesterday, July 4th, the Architects Association of Kosova held an emergency meeting at the amphitheater of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of Kosova. This meeting was called in Prishtina upon the disapointment that a large number of architects, engineers and planners had on the 2011-2014 leadership of this association. According to them, besides the fact that this association has collected membership money each and every year, there hasnt been one single activity organized by them since late 2011, not even membership confirmations via emial or mail (association’s website confirms these allegations).

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.

Prishtina Architecture Week

Staring from July 1st through the 6th, the city of Prishtina is hosting the “Prishtina Architecture Week”, the first of its kind in Kosova in an effort of exchanging experiences, methodologies, architectural and urban experiments and theories form around the world.

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…