Last Saturday June 13th, the completion of the new city library named on the behalf of the first president of Kosova “Ibrahim Rugova”, was inaugurated on the presence of the Fatmir Sejdiu – President of Kosova, Valton Beqiri – Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, and on the presence of Pal Lekaj – Mayor of Gjakova.
The stadium that is used as a multi-functional sport field is located in the center of the city. In the fifties some small tribune were build along the field with a capacity of 5.000 seats. Then was rebuilt in the 80’s by expanding on its sides and the upper West grandstands were added covered with a huge steel roof, creating a space for 38,500 fans.
The main problem for the majority of the youth in Kosova is that they live in or originate from rural zones. There are few villages in which reading possibilities are available for young people. A large number of village schools do not possesses their own library, most of the young people are unprepared and insufficiently informed for the current working environment.
One of our readers has shared with us some 3D images of the project proposal for the Municipal Court in Prishtina by the local architects INFINIT. According to this proposal the new Court will be located in Ulpiana, in a site with intermediate scale between an apartment complex and a public green area.
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Stadium “Riza Lushta” in Mitrovica, in a five year period is expected to have a completely new look. Leaders of the football club Trepca’89 have submitted to the Municipality of Mitrovica the project proposal for the reconstruction of “Riza Lushta”.
On Friday May 8 at 19:30pm, in the Faculty of Architecture - hall S9 on the last floor, Gezim Pacarizi an architect from Prizren who lives and works in Geneva, will present the last project by Le Corbusier the "Fermini Church" constructions of which lasted...
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April construction updates from Prishtina. This time we bring to you, the interrupted works of Grand Hotel, Iliria Hotel reconstructions, nearly finished buildings of “Ministry of Internal Affairs” and “, “Mother Tereza” cathedral, ENK Complex digging works. And some ongoing construction pics of Pejtoni residental, Donika apartments, Arberia housing units, Veranda apartments, Edri highrise, Nartel apartments, Kalbria housing units, and roundabout constructions.
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At 2:00pm on Thursday May 7, one of the best architectural studios in the world Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects are bringing their experiences in Kosova. The facilitator of this event Rinor Komoni an architectural designer at KPF Architects, will present the latest works of this...
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While checking on the web of IVANIŠIN. KABASHI. ARHITEKTI we found this great project proposal of a housing complex in Hajvalia (a neighborhood on the outskirts of Prishtina), an investment of KOHA Group. This complex design which was initiated on 2006, has a gross surface area of 9.500 m2 and a site area of 14.000 m2.
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Bad Architects Group announced their publication “Prishtina Capital”. This publication edited by Ursula Faix and Paul Burgstaller contains contributions by Edmond Hajrizi, Thomas Hrabal, Georg Grasser, Binak Beqaj, Arno Ritter and students projects from the University of Business and Technology, Prishtina. Additionally it contains amazing city portrait photographs of Prishtina, by Günter Richard Wett.
Veranda Apartments, a complex of five residential buildings is a newly approved project by the Municipality of Prishtina, which will start its constructions in 2009. This complex will be located on a residential neighborhood on the west side of the city, in Arberia.
March construction updates from Prishtina. On-going constructions of a Shopping Center in Sunny Hill, Donika apartments in Ulpiana, Grand Hotel restoration, a residential highrise in Pejton, roundabout constructions, housing units in Arberia, Edri highrise complex in Lakrishte, and Fitorja apartments in Lakrishte.
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The current trend to build tall in Prishtina continues. In Lakrishte, very close to the ENK Complex, another highrise complex has started constructions. The project called “Donika II” will have a mixed-use function, like most other projects planned in Lakrishte, in accordance with the regulation plan for the area.
Dodona lies in the city center of Prishtina. It is located on the border between the old town in the north-east and the new Prishtina, constructed during Yugoslav times in the south-west. One of Prishtina’s largest parks, the city park, is located on the eastern border of Dodona.
February’s construction updates from Prishtina. Site works for a new residence building in Lakrishte(img. above), a residential & retail building in Ulpiana, housing units in Arberia, Iliria Hotel, and Rilindja Tower ongoing constructions.
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Kosova Association of Architects is organizing the Annual Meeting on date February 28 2009. Meeting will be held in Grand Hotel Prishtina, Prishtina starting from 09:30 in the large meeting room, 1st floor. The proposed Three year Development Programe 2009-2011 of the Association will be presented. ...
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Earlier in 2007, the Municipality of Prishtina completed a design competition for the project of Opera House of Prishtina, and announced German studio “ARW Architekten” as the winner. The project had then an estimated cost of 20,5 million euro and created a great controversial debate in the general public, but also architects in between. One of the main accusations was that the entire project was a waste of money, especially since the winning proposal was a scandalous example of lack of creativity and quality design. An opera house should be a landmark building and an architectural inspiration to the city.
The “International Spatial Design Competition for the Mobility Centre Project” in 2008, sought ideas for a new transport interchange and city spatial plan for the city of Ferizaj, situated in southern Kosovo. The objective was to produce a catalyst for the regeneration of the urban centre by integrating all modes of transport into a Mobility Centre – linking this regional city to neighboring capitals.
Cities targeted during the Kosovo conflict are ready for regeneration. What infrastructure do war torn cities need to sow the seeds of development and civic life? Arts / culture / sports / commerce / roads and rail transport at one extreme; tourism / oil pipelines and other resources / freight and freeways / foreign investment / military bases at the other.
The announcement of a competition for a new Library in Prishtina, ended today. As we were informed this Library will be build in the quarter of Dardania (see picture above). We will post more about it, as soon as we will get to see the submission...
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BAD-INN (University for Business and Technology in Prishtina, Kosova) invited BAD-MIL/Lorenzo Bini (Politecnico di Milano) with Prof. Gennaro Postiglione to lead a joint-workshop in Pristina, during November 2008. 5 students from Milan, Italy and 10 students from Pristina, participated in this urban design workshop.
After NATO-led KFOR troops ended civil war in Kosovo (1999), an instant building boom changed the capital Prishtina dramatically. Within a few years its population doubled, partly as a consequence of an influx of returning refugees. Local investors profited, creating quick returns on ‘hit and run’ projects. On the fringes of the city ‘maverick urbanism’ had a different face: family clans invested family capital in large houses, built on farmland. The result was a random spread and development of the city, causing serious functional and structural problems for the future.
A new skyscraper planned to be build in the quarter of Hemshir/Prishtina, just a few blocks away from the ENK Complex. The World Trade Center of Prishtina, developed by a local architectural studio PUKA Design, will be financed by Dukagjini Group.
International Village, is one of the first housing development of its kind in Kosova in collaboration with the Municipality of Prishtina. It contains 108 residential units, and a large recreational area. The design of this housing units has been developed by architectural studios from US and Kosova, respectively Yamasaki Associates and Anarch.
This project designed by a local studio ADesign/Bujar Demjaha, was awarded with the First Price in open Competition for the “Museum of Contemporary Arts” in Prishtina. It has an area of 15.000m2 in 5 levels and it is planned to be constructed in the city center of Prishtina, nearby National Library.
Prishtina is growing, and to hell with the consequences, even though urban planning and enforcement of building regulations have a very low priority. In order to accommodate the fast-growing population, vacant spots in the capital are being filled with apartment block in do-it-yourself architecture (concrete frames and big, red perforated masonry blocks), with space into a construction pit overnight, as happened with a bathhouse in the old Turkish area.