Vlora is one of the most beautiful coastal urban sites in the Albanian coast. It attracts quite a large number of tourists every season but also during the entire year, especially during weekends. These are facts that make Vlora receive a lot of public attention. Therefore the design of the Waterfront promenade should be a product of not a single designer or a single studio. It should be a product of a collective public opinion through an instrument that ensures the expression of interest of many designers, finalized by an open and transparent selection of the wide public facilitated by the local and international expertise. An international, open, one stage, [partly] anonymous urban design competition would be the right instrument to guarantee the aimed product. The call for participation will be open to all national and international designers, but also to team of about to graduate students of architecture, urban design or landscape design programs. There will be awarded two winning prizes, one for the best design and the other for the best local team/designer. The winner that will be contracted to execute the design will be a team composed of those two winners, the best design winning team and the best local team/designer. The final product will be negotiated between them and the promoter (implementing unit/ Atelier Albania). The city of Vlora, as the beneficiary, will be active and part of the process throughout its duration.
Xiaveer De Geyter | Pieter Coelis | Pierre Burguel | Mathilde Dutilleul
Simon Hartmann | Ivana Barisic | Jelena Vucic | Mariana Santana | Joni Baboci | Bora Baboci | Silvia Vicente | Zdenek Liska | Xavier Aliart
S. Dhamo | E. Dajko | L. Rossi | E. Marku | R.t Struga | R. Batalli | D. Papa | G. Qendro | J. Veleshnja | F. Brati | M. Bego | S. Brahollari | G. Papa | E. Peterci | Gj. Xinxo | R. Batalli | F. Dardha | R. Muka | E. Salillari | R. Kutrolli | G. Struga
A Project for Vlora
Martino Tattara | Pier Vittorio Aureli | Luciano Aletta | Lorenz Adriansen | Elia Zenghelis | Maurizio Milan | Orselido Beqiraj
Matthias Bauer | Marta Martínez Méndez | Rocío Miranda Barreda | María Rodríguez Cadenas | Petrit Pasha | Adrienne Scottie McDaniel
Johan Anrys graduated from the HAISL in Brussels, having followed one academic year in Ireland at the University College Dublin. As student he participated in several architectural projects, design workshops throughout Europe, and master-classes like the ‘Floating Resorts’ led by Elia Zenghelis & Eleni Gigantes. He worked for Eugeen Liebaut before establishing the joint practice of 51N4E in Brussels and Tirana. Parallel to his professional activities at 51N4E, he has been performing on academic ground, as lecturer at the KHM Lucas Faydherbe – Interieur, as assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Leuven, as visiting critic at the Berlage Institute and the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland. He acts on regular base as lecturer or jury member in various institutes both in Belgium and abroad. Johan Anrys is the lead partner in 51N4E’s Tirana office.
Stefano Boeri (1956) is a Milan-based architect. He was editor in chief of the international magazines “Abitare” and “Domus”. Professor of Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano, he has taught as visiting professor at Strelka Institute, Harvard GSD, Berlage Institute e Architectural Association among others. Between April 2011 and March 2013, has been appointed Executive Councilor for culture, design and fashion for Milan Municipality. He is the founder of “multiplicity” international research network dedicated to the study of contemporary urban transformations. Boeri is a co-author of different volumes such as Mutations (Actar, 2000), USE (Skirà, 2002),Cronache del Abitare (Mondadori, 2007) and author of Biomilano (Corraini, 2011), L’Anticittà (Laterza, 2011). Together with Richard Burdett, Jacques Herzog and William MacDonough, Boeri took part of the Architecture Advisory Board in charge of developing the guidelines for the urban transformations to be implemented within the frame of 2015 Milan Architecture Expo.
Currently, Ms. Gjermeni holds a PhD in Social Sciences. She earned a Master’s’s Degree in Social Work from the Grand Valley State University, in Michigan, United States (1997- 1998). She attended post-graduate studies in Social Work at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Social Sciences (1993-1994). She earned a Bachelor Degree in History from the University of Tirana, Faculty of History and Philology (1986 – 1990). In 2009, Eglantina Gjermeni was elected Member of the 18th Legislature of the Assembly of the Republic of Albania, representing the Socialist Party. She was re-elected in the 19th Legislation after the general elections held in 2013. She was successful in heading the Centre of the Gender Balance for Development for 10 years. She is one of the most outstanding gender balance and social experts in the country. In the course of her career, Ms. Gjermeni has attended a series of training courses in Albania and abroad on topics, such as Gender Balance, Project Management, Leadership, Women in Politics, Social Affairs that have been organized by highly reputable international institutions. She is Lecturer at the Social Affairs Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana since 1995.
Daniel Gjoni graduated from the University of Tirana, Faculty of Engineering, department of Architecture in January 1987. In 1992, specializes in Florence, Italy in historical building restoration. Cooperated until 1997 with “Ricerca & Progetto”, un architectural practice focused on issues of bioarchitecture and sustainable architecture. In 1990, works as architect and restorer at the Cultural Monuments Institute in Tirana specializing in Medieval Architecture. In 1993, is co-responsible for international programs at the “Ricerca & Progetto” - Bologna (Italy). From 1993 to 1996 works as architect at Studio Frascaroli – Bologna (Italy). In 1996 along with architect Artan Shkreli founded in Tirana “sferastudio” (an architectural and urban design firm). In 2000 is appointed General Director of the Urban Planning Department of Tirana Municipality. In 2005 becomes Head of Urban Planning Department at the Ministry of Territory and Transport. Since 2006, collaborates with “sferastudio” as architectural and urban planning project manager. Among his works are the albanian pavillion at EXPO Lisboa 1998 and Hannover 2000, reconstruction of the headquarter offices of the Social Security Institute, reconstruction of the High Court building in Tirana, touristic port masterplan of Saranda, Shkodra University Library Building etc
Patrick Janssens is a Belgian politician, he is a member of the SP.a and the former mayor of the port city Antwerp. He studied “Political and Social Sciences” and “Applied Economic Sciences” (both Masters) at the University of Antwerp and Statistics at the London School of Economics. From 1979 to 1985 he was an assistant in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Antwerp, first of Jan Vranken (with whom he wrote the first National Report on Poverty in Belgium, within the framework of the First European Anti-Poverty Programme) and then of Herman Deleeck. From 1985 to 1989, he ran a market research agency (Dimarso (nl)) after which he undertook several positions at the marketing agency VVL/ BBDO until 1999. In 1999, he was appointed president of the Socialist Party. He resigned as president to become mayor of Antwerp in 2003. In the general election held the same year, Janssens was elected to the Belgian Chamber of People’s Representatives but he left the Chamber one year later when the 2004 regional elections saw Janssens becoming a member of the Flemish Parliament. In the municipal elections of 2006, Janssens was overwhelmingly elected for another term as mayor. He was longlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award.
He has graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Electronic Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Tirana with excellent results, receiving the title: Electronic Engineer. In 1989 he graduated from “Raqi Qirinxhi” high school in Korca with a Golden Medal. Mr. Peleshi has had a significant career in the private sector in the city of Korca and from 2001- 2004 he ran with great success the Industrial and Trade Chamber of Commerce of Korca. The political career of Mr. Peleshi starts in October of 2004 when he was elected to be Prefect of the District of Korca, he was also elected as the Mayor of the City of Korca later on. Mr. Peleshi is a member with full rights to the Committee of Monitoring of the Local and Regional Congress of Authorities at the European Council.
Andreas Ruby is an architecture critic, curator, moderator, teacher and publisher. He has taught architectural theory and design at international universities such as Cornell University, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Malaquais, the Metropolis Program Barcelona and Umea School of Architecture among others. Aside from regularly contributing to selected international architecture magazines, he has published nearly 20 books on contemporary architecture. In 2008 he co-founded the award-?winning architecture publishing house RUBY PRESS which has a catalog of 20 titles to date. He has organized several international symposiums and exhibitions on architecture and design, such as the “Min to Max“ symposium onaffordable housing hosted in 2009 in Berlin, the traveling exhibition “Druot, Lacaton & Vassal – Tour Bois le Prêtre“ launched in 2012, and most recently the Montenegro Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial in 2014. Last but not least he is one of the most prolific moderators in the contemporary architecture discourse, with a record of more than 150 moderated panel discussions featuring 200 architects from 30 countries.