TITLE_TIRANA'S GUIDE TO PARALLEL REALITIES
International Team - STEALTH.unlimited. [NL]: Mark Neelen & Ana Dzokic; Ivan Kucina Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, [SRB], Miguel Robles Duran [MEX], Piet Voillard [NL].
POLIS Team - Dr. Gezim Qendro [AL], Endrit Marku [AL]
Ilustrations by: Saimir Kristo, Joana Dhiamandi, Migena Mërtiri, Belina Kodra, Egla Haxhiu, Nevin Bilali, Malvina Istrefaj, Linda Loka, Silva Kushi, Malvina Kallabaku, Glodian Dauti, Kreshnik Turabi, Rais Petrela.
As part of the 4th Biannual of Art and Architecture in 2010 in Tirana, this workshop had the task to create Tirana’s Guide to Parallel Realities. The initial important factor was to understand the characteristic context of the city of Tirana as it is usually perceived by the media, the international press, various touristic guides, but also by the local inhabitants of Tirana as an open field of informality. But is this what Tirana is really about? Can we investigate more so we can lose the typical clichés with which we normally approach the modern city? In this context the aim of the workshop was not to make a conventional guide of the city but to investigate and understand how the space works; how the social and anthropological reality is hidden in the actual urban reality of the city.
TITLE_UNVEILING COMMON GROUND - URBAN FREEDOM OF THE LANA RIVER
TIRANA MODERNIZATION - EASTERN SIDE OF THE LANA RIVER
International Team: Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem Prof. Ze'ev Druckman, Bezalel Academy, Prof. David Guggenheim, Bezalel Academy, Assoc. Prof. Judy Green, Prof. Asher Salah.
Polis University: Dr. Besnik Aliaj, Doc. Sotir Dhamo, Endrit Marku
Projects by: Joleza Koka, Nevin Bilali, Linda Loka, Silva Kushi, Migena Mërtiri, Belina Kodra, Fatjon Molla, Tomorr Menzelxhiu, Lorena Bajollari, Sened Adi, Gil Minster, Eyal Ben-Shushan, Manuela Gjoka, Shira Noy, Giora Boss, Oren Cohen, David Eilat, Noa Zarmon, Metzada Drori, Saimir Kristo, Joana Dhiamandi.
Unveiling Common Ground was an international workshop organized by Polis University in collaboration with Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, held in April 2010 in Tirana. The workshop’s main objectives were firstly, the exploration and the thorough understanding of a natural element within the city of Tirana such as the Lana River, and at the same time evaluating the importance that the Lana River has for the city of Tirana from the city’s foundation as a live-forming and functional element till today; secondly, the interpretation and generation of new ideas through urban design solutions in order to empower the Lana River and convert it into a real backbone of the city. The way that the river connects, splits, differentiates, unites, divides and merges people, cultures, mentalities and philosophies within the city, was considered as a good starting point for rediscovering a new role for the Lana River.
TITLE_ALTERNATIVE ARCHITECTURE / SKELETONS AS STACKS OF IMAGINATIONS
International Team: Ana Dzokic and Marc Neelen (STEALTH. unlimited).
The workshop is based on an investigation of contemporary urban phenomena during last year's project Tirana Guide to Parallel Urban Realities. During that project, a number of abandoned structures have been found as for instance: the abandoned market on Ali Demi Street (built on 1982, abandoned and looted during the 1990s), the stripped cultural center in Kombinat, a never finished structure for a medical institution on the corner of Rruga Qemal Stafa and Rruga e Barrikadave.
There are many other structures, for instance, in the new residential neighborhoods built during recent years that are of interest too. The workshop investigates how a round of public projects can be started up (or tested out) in Tirana.
TITLE_HOUSING IN ZURICH
International Team: Dr. Martin Spühler - Spühler Partner Architekten,
Polis University: Ledian Bregasi
The workshop “Housing in Zurich” lead by Professor Martin Spühler, an invitee from ETH Zurich, and Ledian Bregasi from Polis University, was an intensive two weeks workshop held during March 2011. This workshop was focused on housing design in a former industrial site: the viaduct in the city of Zurich near the central train station. The goal was to achieve a good social mix for different needs in designing apartments for families with many children and communities for students and senior citizens.
This would encourage the community life within a residential community.
TITLE_BRINGING THE CITY TOGETHER - SPATIAL INTERVENTIONS IN TIRANA RESIDENTIAL AREAS
International Team: Dr. Fereniki Vatavali, Dr. Penny Koutrolikou, Dr. Thanos Pagonis, Petros Phokaides, Loukas Triantis from NTUA, with the special contribution of Prof.
Polis University: Prof. Dr. Besnik Aliaj, Doc. Sotir Dhamo, Julian Veleshnja
The workshop ‘bringing the city together: spatial interventions in Tirana residential areas’ was organized by Polis University in Tirana and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) school of Architecture. Thirty students from POLIS and thirteen students from NTUA worked together in eight mixed groups during one week. The study area which is located in one of the most important urban sectors of Tirana confined by the Tirana-Durres axis, Lana River and the two ring roads, presented a number of challenges, but also a number of opportunities. The goal was to investigate different typologies of urban tissue and how these could be transformed in a lively urban space through public and community interventions.
TITLE_SQUARE PLAY - Contribution to cultural and civic participative policies for livable city squares and public spaces.
International Team: Natasha Polavska, theatre director, Divna Pencic, docent at the faculty of Architecture, Sonja Damchevska, project coordinator for Macedonia
Cooperators and assistants: Aneta Spaseska, Elizabetka Poljoska, Olgica Nelkovska, Juljan Veleshnja, (Co-Plan & University Polis) and Sandra Lalic, (Expeditio), Sasho Ivanovski, Biljana Spirkoska, Stefan Lazarevski, Mileva Zlatanovic [Coalition for Sustainable Development]
Daily topics: See the Place – Feel the Space; Playground, Living-room, Park, Market, Theatre play.
Guest lecturers: Elizabeta Avramovska, Meri Batakoja, JasnaS tefanovska, Ognen Marina, Bojan Karanakov, Stefanka Hadzi Pecova, Aleksandar Prokopiev, Naum Paunovski.
The workshop “SQUARE PLAY” was the third and final one in the series of regional workshops conceptualized by the project “Revival of City Squares in the Balkan Cities”, financed by the Swiss Cultural Program in the Western Balkans.
The aim of this workshop was to encourage the exchange of ideas at a regional scale regarding the discourse on city squares / public spaces, and how they can be transformed into vibrant community places that meet the community’s cultural, social and economic needs and foster new perspectives and awareness, so that the idea of "city culture" (the way people think about public spaces and conceive of them) can be developed.
Cooperation between CHwB and POLIS University, Tirana,
International Team: Lejla Hadzic [Project Coordinator],
Polis University: Etleva Dobjani, Erdi Myftaraga, Ardit Lila, Endri Marku, Nedi Petri, Julian Veleshnja, Alket Frasheri, Rais Petrela, Besnik Dervishi.
The restoration workshops have been organized by Polis University in collaboration with CHwB twice per year, in May and September, since 2010. These workshops have been hosted in the museum city of Gjirokastra because of its great historical and cultural importance and the need for the restorations of its monuments. The main focus of this workshop was the training of young specialists (architects, engineers, archaeologists, environmentalists, etc.) and also the training of the master's students in the restoration and conservation of cultural heritage. During the restoration camp, students or professionals have the opportunity to learn not only the conservation and restoration methods of historical assets, but also practice the preservation methods using historical techniques and the craftsmanship of the place.
TITLE_TIRANA RAILWAY STATION
International Team: Prof. Antonello Stella [UNIFE]
Polis University: Etleva Dobljani, Olgica Nelkovska, Ivana Barandovski
Concept Development: Antonello Stella [UNIFE] & U_POLIS
Participants: Students from 4th year of Architecture U_Polis
The subject of this workshop was the relationship between the infrastructure (railway) and the city as a comprehensive process of theory and design practice. The importance of developing public transportation, especially the railway as one of its crucial parts, and its influence on the quality of life was one of the main topics discussed in the workshop. Thus, the task was the creation of a project for the new main train station in Tirana and other small train stations with interactive facilities along the Tirana – Durres railway. This workshop, held in 7 days of intensive work, aimed to combine lectures with practice work.
International Team: Roberto Pasini [AUS].
Polis University: Etleva Dobjani, Olgica Nelkovska, Aneta Spaseska, Elizabeta Poljoska
The purpose of this workshop was to approach the discipline of landscape design from a wide territorial perspective that could allow the application of a wide variety of themes and territorial scales. The extreme
Development pressure to which Tirana has been exposed and the radical transformations during the two last decades make Tirana a highly interesting case study. The workshop aimed to recombine the variety of themes in an overall vision of the future of Tirana’s environmental system as a region. Based on this, the development scenarios presented in the New Regulatory Plan of Tirana propose a series of themes in which the landscape plays an important role. In this respect, the plan identifies a set of strategic actions amongst which the workshop identified the following as the most important: The rehabilitation and the extension of the monumental axis (Dëshmorët e Kombit - Zogu I).
TITLE_SURVEY OF CULTURAL HERITAGE BUILDINGS IN TIRANA
Cooperation between Pisa University [UNIPI], Italy and U_POLIS, Albania
International Team: Roberto Castiglia [UNIPI
Polis University: Etleva Dobjani
This survey workshop is attended by students of the first year of architecture. The purpose of this workshop is to provide the basis for an analytical information of the history of architecture, namely the cultural, social, economic and technical aspects which have influenced the life of an architectonic building and then offer different survey techniques using both traditional an sophisticated tools, to document the current state of an architectural or archeological monument with an adequate documentation. The students’ actual intervention in an historical object remains the workshop’s priority, starting from a critical analysis at a large scale, proceeding with the measurement and the elaboration of its constituent elements at a smaller scale. The workshop is developed in Tirana.
The course program aims at providing the students with critical skills regarding architecture during various periods, such as classical, modern or contemporary, and enriches their knowledge about the different techniques that characterize each of these architectural periods through surveys.
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