Gjakova park third prize proposal

Along the cobblestone streets, the architectural ensemble of the Old Bazaar emphasizes the importance of the cultural and historical values knitted by the society of the city of Gjakova over the years. The planning stages in ways that support civic engagement and continue with the...

Along the cobblestone streets,...

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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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Correction to Gjakova’s Park…

As a follow up to our recent post Gjakova’s park Competition, it has been confirmed by one of the participants to the competition that the winners presented by our editorial are mistakenly shared. Apart from the winning proposal awarded to URBAN PLUS, the collaboration of architects...

As a follow up to our recent p...

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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...

Located in the future building...

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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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Ecoweek Prishtina 2015

EcoWEEK Prishtina 2015 shpalle vitin e dyte te ngjarjes , e cila do te mbahet kete vit nga 27 Shtatori deri me 04 Tetor 2015, ne Modelarium – Fakulteti i Arkitektures, Prishtine. ECOWEEK Prishtina eshte nje platforme konsultative per veprim te perbashket, e cila ndjek parimet e edukimit,...

EcoWEEK Prishtina 2015 shpalle...

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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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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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National Library celebrates 70 years

The architectural creature of the famous Croatian architect Andrija Mutnjakovic, celebrated yesterday its 7th decade birthday. Listed as one of the most unpleasant constructions ever build, our national pride stands high above the critics with its overall figure, reminding us of our past, sheltering many...

The architectural creature of ...

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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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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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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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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 on...

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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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Remembering and forgetting as action

by Tevfik Rada - This editorial was originally translated to English by Ares Shporta. The rulers of each era tend to manipulate our environment, change it according to their own ideology, erase and re-create memory, in the doing of which they have a variety of methods available. Sometimes it happens...

by Tevfik Rada - This editoria...

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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 up...

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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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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,...

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…

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.

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.

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 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”.

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.

Dynamic City Prishtina

Taking place at the Kosovo’s National Museum in Prishtina, on Sunday 10th of November starting from 18:00, Archis Intervention_Prishtina will be presenting their workshop works of the theme “Dynamic City Prishtina”. As a collaboration of Archis Interventions, SEE, Kai Vöckler / Archis Interventions, Prishtina, Florina Jerliu, Visar Geci, Vlora Navakazi and Wilfried Hackenbroich. The exhibition reflects typologies facilitating exchanges and relationships among youth, history, national identity, education, and economy.

ARTING LLC Highrise

Prishtina based architecture studio LSN Architects newest task, the Arting LLC – Lakrishte Complex, is a new commercial and residential highrise building project in the major area of the city’s downtown. Sited in Lakrishte district, this project is a continuation of the zone’s heavy development of multistory buildings, nearby to the Kosova’s tallest under-construction projects the ENK Complex and WTC Complex.

We’ll keep you updated with more images and information as the project continues.