GENTLE INVASION Competition will be one of the several events of theTIRANA ARCHITECTURE WEEK 2018 this September.
The aim of Tirana Architecture Week 2018 is to promote international knowledge linked to practice and research activities, starting from the Albanian context and reaching out to the international scene.The challenge of this edition is to address the issue of co-habitation, exploring contemporary tactics to define future spaces in architecture, city and landscape.The turn of the 21st century has been marked by dramatic changes in the political, social and environmental panorama, which are deeply affecting the way we live today: terrorism, migration and global warming are certainly the most pressing issues, and they are putting at risk our very life on this planet.
So far we have come to acknowledge that we must simply coexist with such problems and learn to live with their consequences in our everyday life. But while coexistence refers to the mere - and often imposed - action of living together without any productive interaction, co-habitation implies living together peacefully, while promoting some form of exchange. This is why we believe that in the future architecture, city, and landscape should approach such emergencies fostering interaction and productive exchanges between different disciplines and cultures.
Co-habitation can be achieved through tactics, which offer the possibility to generate new creative spaces within the fields of architecture, city and landscape. Tactics - a term, which evokes the ancient Greek expression art of arrangement - are actions undertaken by, or addressed towards, the actual consumers/users. Such actions are flexible, they can be continuously modified, reshaped and adapted to cope with external interferences.
Renier de Graaf - OMA
Reinier de Graaf joined OMA in 1996. He is responsible for building and masterplanning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including Holland Green in London (completed 2016), the new Timmerhuis in Rotterdam (completed 2015), G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (completed 2014), De Rotterdam (completed 2013), and the Norra Tornen residential towers in Stockholm. In 2002, he co-founded AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union. He has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, including Zeekracht: a strategic masterplan for the North Sea; the publication in 2010 of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe with the European Climate Foundation; and The Energy Report, a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with the WWF. De Graaf has worked extensively in Moscow, overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, the ‘Russian Silicon Valley,’ and leading a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow. He has curated two exhibitions, On Hold at the British School in Rome in 2011 and Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013). He is the author of Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession.
Luca Galofaro is an architect and educator, associated professor at Università di Camerino - SAAD Ascoli Piceno. Luca was a founder member of the firm IaN+, visiting professor at the Bartlett school of Architecture, at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and Confluence in Lyon. He obtained the Master degree on Spatial Science at the International Space University, UHA. He is author of several books published by Bruno Zevi's series of Universale d'Architettura and he is the authors of Artscapes (Gustavo Gili Barcellona 2003), Aristide Antonas (Libria 2014), An Atlas of Imagination (Damdi 2015), Manthey Kula (Libria 2016). With Ian+ he got several prize and the gold medal for the Italian Architecture in 2006. His research around architecture is made not just by architectural projects, but through different research tools: two blogs (www.the-booklist.com and www.the-imagelist.com) and the colletive of research CAMPO www.campo.space. Co-Curator of the first Architecture Biennale in Orleans at the Frac Centre Ville de Loire Marcher dans le réve d'un autre (October-April 2017).
Michiel Van Driessche
Michiel received a Master of Arts in landscape architecture from the Amsterdam School of Arts, Academy of Architecture in 2012, and he graduated with honor as a landscape architect in 2007 from the University of Ghent. Following his studies he worked for: KCAP Architects and Planners, De Zwarte Hond, Studio Sputnik and Juurlink+Geluk. In these offices he served as a senior landscape architect on a range of projects from large-scale master plans to detailed designs of public spaces all over the world. Michiel’s work includes several award-winning projects, and in 2007 he was selected as a participant of the Meesterproef, a national Belgian program for talented young architects. In 2012 he joined Felixx as a partner.
William Veerbeek (PhD) is one of the founders of the Flood Resilience Group at Unesco IHE-Delft, Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. He has a wide experience in area of urban climate adaptation in The Netherlands as well as internationally. His work was instrumental in the refinement of national flood impact assessment tools, which were tested in Dutch paradigm shifting projects like UFM-Dordrecht and Rotterdam-based projects in the Dutch Knowledge for Climate programme. He worked extensively in megacities like Beijing, Dhaka and Mumbai where his work focussed on the development of long term urban growth projections and subsequent changes in disaster risk. Strengthening IHE’s mission in capacity development, William has been training many cities in climate adaption, especially in Southeast Asia. Currently he is developing a city-to-city learning network on green-blue infrastructure in the North Sea region.
Maria Goula is an Associate Professor at Cornell University in the Department of Landscape Architecture. For over 20 years she taught and worked professionally in Barcelona, Spain. She develops research on coastal tourism, especially in regard to the interpretation and reinvention of leisure patterns regarding coastal dynamics. Being herself a designer, she is mainly interested in translating interdisciplinary knowledge on the coast into design protocols. The spectrum of her research covers the history of Mediterranean coastal tourism and Landscape
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PhD in “Architecture - Theory and Design”, Department of Architecture and Design, “Sapienza” Università di Roma, Italy, 2016. Second Level Master of Science in “Urban and Landscape Design”, POLIS University, 2012. Integrated Master of Science in “Architecture U.E.”, “Sapienza” Università di Roma, Italy, 2010
Since 2010 he works teaches at POLIS University where the theoretical research is accompanied byapplied research through award winning participations in international competitions and consultancies. In 2013 he has been co-curator of the first edition of Tirana Design Week, biannual event organized by POLIS University. Since 2012 he is Head of the Albanian Union of Architects and Urban Planners, professional organization having among its objectives the progress of the cultural debate in architecture and the promotion of excellence practice.
Arch. Artan Raça graduated at the Civil Engineering Faculty of Tirana with a degree in Architecture in 1987. He has worked until 1993 in the State Institute of Construction and Urban Design Studies, Tirana. After that, he head his independent practice, studio raça arkitektura based in Tirana, which works like a small workshop for a city architecture, where the answer to the concrete conditions creates the primary language and separates his architecture from self-referentiality, or having the idea of a predetermined style.
Since 2007, he has been a visiting professor at Faculty of Architecture, POLIS University.
Among many projects realized, the most important are the collective and private housings.
With his work “Yellow Palace” in Tirana he was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2013 in Barcelona.
In 2014 won the Albanian Architect of the Year Award given by the Albanian Union of Architects and Urban planners (AUA).
In 2016, in conjuction with the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale, studio raça arkitektura chosen in the “IN practice” book, where 37 practices one per country, representing the state of committed architecture in Europe, operating outside of the so-called “starchitect” elite, curated by AIAC (Italian Association for Architecture and Criticism) in collaboration with magazine A10 new European architecture. Also some of his works have been praised and highlighted by different international professional magazines in the recent years.
Laura Pedata is an Architect and researcher, her main interest lies in observation, analysis and representation of urban landscape conditions and environmental regeneration strategies. Her most recent design research initiatives are focused on residual landscapes in transitioning cities and on the reassessment of their role within the urban context, considering them as a potential ground for future urban development. Currently Laura is lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Design at POLIS University in Tirana (AL), where she received her Doctoral degree in Architecture, University of Ferrara – POLIS University. She also works ad bioclimatic and landscape design consultant and takes part in EU funded research projects. Laura holds a Master in Architecture from “La Sapienza” University, Rome and a Masters of Architecture II degree (M.Arch.II) from UCLA. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2007. Laura is a Licensed Architect since 2007 and was co-principal of the architecture office ‘ungroup’ until 2011. From 2009 to 2011 she was an Adjunct Professor in Landscape Architecture and Architecture at University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Rome, and from 2012 to 2013 she was employed by SOM in San Francisco as Architectural Professional – D Level.
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