Ulf Meyer – architect, author.
11 September 2016 Ecoweek Prishtina 2016
On his lecture for #ECOWEEKPrishtina2016 he will discuss how facades can contribute to an architecture that is lead by performance considerations. It uses case-studies in Australia and Japan, designed by Ingenhoven architects from Germany.
Graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and from Technical University of Berlin, Meyer collects a number of projects in his biography. He has a 20 year experience as an author and freelance writer on Architecture und Text; He was the beneficiary of the “Residency for Writers” from “Paul-Rudolph- Foundation” four years ago; He worked as Assistant Professor at Kansas State University ( 2008 – 2010 ) , while in 2010 he engages as Hyde Chair of Excellence University of Nbraska-Lincoln for studio and seminar for graduate and post graduate level. During 2012 Meyer was assigned the Curator for “Cities Unknown” – Hongkong Biennale. Presently he is a Visiting Professor at Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan. He is the author of the book” Architectural Guide Tokyo” published in 2011.
Abbas studied architecture at the Lebanese University in Beirut. Abbas believes that “Architects build communities not only buildings.” He has brought this approach to the Lebanese Architecture Club; a youth organization that he founded in 2014 to provide a platform for architecture students and young professionals to expand their learning experience. Under thee 3 main pillars education, social impact, and youth development, the club envisions to develop a
leading community of young active architects and designers in Lebanon. Abbas led the club team in various projects in collaboration with leading local and international organizations such as UN Habitat, Beirut Design Week, and Goethe Institute. Through these projects, he practiced the participatory design approach, which he believes is an essential tool for community building. Abbas believes in the power of youth in the civic society, he has been involved in youth education and civic campaigns with local organizations. He was recently selected as a Young Leader at the European Development Days 2016; where he represented the voice of youth on the topic of “Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities”. He was also selected as a mentor in youth civic engagement with AIESEC and World Youth Alliance in Lebanon. In addition, he participated in various international programs including Hesselbein Global Leadership Summit in Pittsburgh, AA Visiting School in Jordan, Loyac Homes in Jordan, and Perceive the City workshop in Istanbul. Abbas is currently the project coordinator for Beirut Design Week at MENA Design Research Center. Over the past two years, he has taken over the responsibility for managing interns, organizing all operations within the event, and developing parts of the program.
Natalia Pantelidou , Architect & Landscape architect
11 September 2016
Linking Thessaloniki to the delta green areas
Although a seaside city, Thessaloniki, lacks green spaces and nature life. However, there exists a great opportunity to increase green space and natural life, in less than 8 km from the city centre where two rivers flow into the Thermaikos Gulf. This “Delta” area is actually made of two deltas, from Gallikos and Axios rivers, Axios being the largest river in Greece. The area provides green nature, animal life, view of the city and a great escape, a “get away” from the intense, demanding city life.
Even if the river deltas provide an alternative nature landscape, this area is today unexploited, a wasteland, almost inaccessible and remains, for most of the Thessaloniki residents, unknown and/or never visited. The goal of the study is to reverse this perception and transform the area into an alive place, as well as to provide an escape to nature. In other words, to embrace the water, expand the urban life through multiple and diverse activities, increase visitation, accessibility and safety.
The link between the city and nature will be a promenade of activities, paths and resting points along side of it. This “Delta” area is going to be a mixed place with pedestrian and cycle friendly streets, paths and spots with lots of vibrant meeting points and active street life. It should be easy and attractive to move around in more ways than just by car. The meeting places will be designed for all weather conditions, seasons and times of the day, including night time, to ensure that all parts of the area are populated most of the day. It will be also considered as an accommodation area that creates a varied city life and a more interesting range of services.
It is very important to add this piece of land into Thessaloniki’s present limited urban green space in order to increase the percentage of overall green spaces and, therefore, improve the quality of life and the environmental values.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece and graduated as an Architect Engineer from the University of Thessaly in Volos. Recently, she completed a MSc in Landscape Architecture from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
Although as an architect her interests include the built environment, as a landscape architect she is also very concerned with the surrounding context and urban setting. She has worked both in Greece and Denmark, as Thessaloniki Metro project, SLA and UiWE offices, ranging from construction to landscape projects. She also wrote articles for different magazines,as Topos, took place in international competitions, participated in workshops and exhibitions. Her interests are mainly focused in the human scale and she always aims to balance the technical and cultural aspects of architecture, the concept and the real possibilities. She believes that the work of an architect is a continuous observation of urban environment and everyday life…
Armina Pilav is postdoctoral research fellow at TU Delft (NL) as part of the group ‘Methods and Analysis’ at the Faculty of Architecture. Her research and practice is related to observing, visualizing, texting and spatial rethinking of contemporary war/postwar cities. Armina relies on collaborative working approach, feminist perspectives in shaping and reading of the city, proposing a methodology named crossmedia analysis by working syncretically across academic fields of architecture, urbanism, art, media, film studies, and cultural studies. Armina participated and conducted several workshops with citizens and architecture students: participation in residency program of “Decolonizing architecture” in Palestine (2008) or workshop leader of “Remaking our city” in Sarajevo (2012), part of international interactive art project “Bring In Take Out Living Archive”, only to mention few. She published several scientific papers and journal articles on the topic of conflict/post conflict territories and their imagination. Armina is member of Association for Culture and Art Crvena from Sarajevo.
Aleksandra Poljanec is a Croatian multidisciplinary architect and writer currently living in Berlin. Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1986. Graduated Masters Degree, University of Zagreb, School of Architecture, 2013. under Prof. Dr. Sc. Alenka Delić – „New Urban Housing Study“ after which she was chosen Honorary Teachers Assistant at Politechnicum Zagrebiense in2014. In her professional work she focuses on sustainability, green building and social responsibility, believing the future is shaped today. The main goals of her work are to collaborate, with artists and designers, on and promote shaping a better world which takes her across interdisciplinary fields and combines them in a new way.
#LECTURE6 : Criteria for Energetic and Efficient Buildings
Bashkim Dyla – Electrotechnic and Sustainable Building engineer
11 September 2016 #ECOWEEKPrishtina2016
Firsthand experience from our next speaker Bashkim Dyla who will lecture on “Criteria for Energetic and Efficient Buildings”.
He will start by explaining the relevant physical evaluations needed to calculate efficient building, then he will continue on the other steps of the evaluation process.
He will explain the criteria and importance of the building location and orientation, building compactness, isolation types, inclusion of the experts and specialist in the early phases of building process, the term of Embodied Energy, inhabitant mobility, light, ventilation and Renewable Energy devices: pv-s, solar panels, wind power, bio energy etc.
Lives and works in Switzerland. He graduated for Electrotechnical and Energy HTL and obtained a Master Degree in Electrotechnical Sciences and Sustainable Building. He has worked at Electromotor Factory in Gjakova, Kosovo during 1989-1991.
He have worked asthe manager of the office for energy of the Mission for high-rise building of the Basel-Stadt Canton (Hochbauamt Basel-Stadt) while in October of 1994-1995 he continued with his postgraduate studies for Energy in në Ingenieur Schule Beider Basel, Muttenz, Switcherland. In January of 2009 he was a licensed expert from the Federative Mission of Energy of the Switzerland, while in June of 2009 he obtained the title “MAS FHNW for Sustainable Building” and became a CAS- Certified Advanced Studies “Energy Efficiency”.
His work and expertise include: Monitoring and controlling the energy and water consume in the cantonal building, detailed energy analyses of the buildings, development and organization of the energy modules for the strategic planning etc.
Dastid Ferati was born in Kosovo in 1989. He is currently a PHD Candidate in University of Tokyo, researching city space studies methodologies. He received his bachelor degree in Architecture from University of Prishtina in 2013 and his Masters from University of Tokyo in 2016, in addition to that he also did a semester as visiting researcher. His Master Thesis was presented in IASUR Indonesia and it will also be published in International Forum of Urbanism in October 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dastid has several publications and has participated in many workshops and conferences in and outside of Japan. Before moving out of Kosovo, he was working as architect in several projects such as Master Plan of Prishtina 2012-2022. In 2015 he was hired from Japanese High Life Institute as one of eight researchers in the project/publication: “Understanding the Mechanism: Tokyo’s Yeast.”
Curator, cultural theorist, urban researcher and writer10 September 2016 #ECOWEEKPrishtina2016“Hands-On Urbanism. The Right to Green”Precarity and austerity are defining features of twenty-first century cities which are the sites of deep urban transformation resulting in the systemic acceleration of spatial, social, and economic injustice. The precarization of bodies, space, and labour is far reaching. Prevailing logics of accumulation as well as predatory urbanization result in crises on global and local scales. Such a dynamic effects fierce competition between cities and within cities. Ultimately, this competition renders cities divided. Therefore, sites of shared resistance and solidarity are much needed to counteract the prevailing competition owed to uneven development. It is in light of this development, that specific urban gardening practices not only reflect these conditions, but can also be understood to generate such sites of resistance and solidarity.Taking examples from my exhibition „Hands-On Urbanism. The Right to Green“, the lecture reflects practices of urban agriculture and urban gardening that inspire selforganization, collective community ambition, and an emancipatory politics. Key to these gardening practices are care, cooperation, and mutual support. The case studies chosen offer 19th century historical precedences as well as transformative contemporary examples. Urban gardening inspires hope, positive change, and ultimately, contributes to growing the seed of change. BIOProfessor of Art and Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; 2016 she taught at the Post Graduate Program on Postindustrial Design at the University of Thessaly, Volos; 2014 City of Vienna Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Technology; 2012 Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal in 2012; 2011 Visiting Curator at the Hongkong Community Museum Project. Krasny holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the University of Reading.She co-edited the 2013 volume Women’s:Museum. Curatorial Politics in Feminism, Education, History, and Art. Recent curatorial works include On the Art of Housekeeping and Budgeting in the 21st Century, curated together with Regina Bittner; Suzanne Lacy’s International Dinner Party in Feminist Curatorial Thought; Mapping the Everyday. Neighborhood Claims for the Future and Hands-On Urbanism 1850-2012. The Right to Green, which was included in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Despoina Kouinoglou is a candidate at Postgraduate Programm of Studies in Landscape Architecture. She is a graduate of the Department of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with focus on Horticulture and Viticulture and main specialization in Floriculture and Landscape Architecture. Her thesis examined the streams and rivers in urban and suburban environment, technical flood control projects, while her applied research focused on sustainable design in the landscape of the regional canal in Thessaloniki. She was an intern at the Aristotle University Farm, and the Appiculture Cooperative of Lesvos. She participated in many conferences and workshops, including ECOWEEK in London and Thessaloniki and was an active member of the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE in Thessaloniki in 2012. Since 2015 Despoina is the head organizer and coordinator of ECOWEEK in Thessaloniki.
#LECTURE 4 : Community Design Prishtina’s (CDP), CDPlayground: Citizen involvement for design in the public realm in Kosovo.
10 September 2016 #ECOWEEKPrishtina2016
Daniel Cosentino, multimedia artist and Vice President at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)
Abstract: In 2015 Cosentino founded ‘Community Design Prishtina’ (CDP), a venue for citizen involvement for design in the public realm in Kosovo. The CDP is based on similar model of ‘community design’ initiatives in the United States and Europe that promote and activate citizen-engaged, professionally directed design for the public realm. Community Design Prishtina works from principles promoted in the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and the Association for Community Design (ACD). CDPlayground proposes to crowdfund a children’s playground renovation in the Tauk Bashçe neighborhood in Prishtina (not too far from Germia Park). This talk discusses the challenges and most recent developments of the project. Information about the CDPlayground effort can be found here: www.cdplayground.org. Launch of the crowdfunded proposal begins in late August.
Daniel Cosentino (b.1974 – NJ, USA) is a multimedia artist and Vice President at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) (formerly American University in Kosovo). Cosentino makes artworks that cross boundaries between private and public space, working in genre of performance, sculpture, video, design and imaging arts (photography). In recent years Cosentino has worked with collaborators in Kosovo, Serbia, Italy, Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Switzerland, Egypt and the United States to produce several exhibitions and symposiums. In 2015 Cosentino founded ‘Community Design Prishtina’ (CDP), a venue for citizen involvement for design in the public realm in Kosovo. Cosentino holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University and a Master of Fine Arts in Imaging Arts (Photography) from RIT.
Designer and builder Dustin Feider founded O2 Treehouse in 2005 with the main objective to inspire people how we can more harmlessly co-exist with nature by living aloft amongst the trees.
Dustin’s treehouse designs have received national and international recognition in the design community, appearing in over 50 design publications and television shows around the world, most notably Popular Mechanics, Dwell and Wired Magazine. Most recently, he was featured in Taschen’s new Publication “Treehouse” and appeared twice on Animal Planets “Ultimate Treehouses” and hit TV show “Treehouse Masters.” He has built 36 plus treehouses to date, several of which hang in the backyards of celebrity clientele such as Robby Krieger of The Doors. His work has also been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Coachella Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and in ‘Space Craft’ at the Walker Art Center.
Johannes Peter Steidl is an architect, urban designer and researcher, holds a Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Sustainable Urban Design from the University of Liechtenstein and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg. Johannes works at the family runned studio Architekturbüro Steidl (Bavaria) at architectural, public open space and urban design projects, while at the Munich University of Applied Sciences he researches on urban planning related strategies. As a workshopleader he already collected ECOWEEK-Experiences in Kraków, Istanbul and Thessaloniki, where he focused on public open space and real 1:1 scale, handmade projects.
Building Construction, Architectural and Construction Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment of Architectural Heritage Buildings.
Vice-Dean for Educational Issues, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture (FCEA),
University of Pristina “Hasan Prishtina”
LECTURER #1 – 14:30-15:20hrs, 10 September 2016, ECOWEEK Prishtina 2016
The Building Information Modeling (BIM) creates new opportunities for advanced collaboration and project coordination to develop building design solutions-documentation and construction processes. By comparing global BIM development with local context, this lecture outlines the benefits, enablers and barriers associated with its role in Kosovo, to makes suggestions about how BIM issues may be addressed towards sustainable development of Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry and better asset performance over the life-cycle . In the end this is going to help defining features of twenty-first century cities which are the sites of deep urban transformation resulting disbalance of sustainable development, hence systematic acceleration of economic, social, environmental and cultural indicators.
There are many definitions of BIM, but it is simply the means by which everyone can understand a building through the use of a digital model, an asset in digital form the enables those who interact with the building to optimize their actions, resulting in a greater whole life value for the asset. In this context the questions to be addressed in this lections are: how can identify the BIM interrelation role with sustainability? which is the role of BIM in relation to asset performance over life-cycle? how can be identified recommendations for BIM implementation in Kosovo urban planning?
Professor of Building Construction; Architecture and Construction Sustainability; and Research Methodology at Department of Architecture; in FCEA at University of Pristina, Kosovo. Professor of Contemporary Building Techniques in Faculty of Applied Science at State University in Tetovo, Macedonia. Invited lecturer for Spring School 2016 at FH Dortmund, Germany. Guest professor in STU in Bratislava, Slovakia, by CEEPUS program in 2015. From 1989-1999 as an Urban-architectural Planner in ENING in Gjakova, Kosovo. From 2000-2009 as an Construction Engineer in OSCE, Kosovo and Austria.
She is a scientific member of Scientific Projects and Association, such as: COST TU0901, COST TU0905, COST TU1403, Kosovo’s Scientific Council, International Association of Life-Cycle of Civil Engineering (IALCCE), etc. She is a local coordinator of TEMPUS Project DAPEEWB. She published a lot of scientific research work and has participated in many scientific and professional conferences.
#LECTURE7: Assessment of the actual heating energy resources and consumption by the residential sector in city of Prishtina
11 September 2016 #ECOWEEKPrishtina 2016
Petrit Ahmeti, Architect and Planner, PhD Researcher for on Building Physics/Energy Design at Pécs University
“Assessment of the actual heating energy resources and consumption by the residential sector in city of Prishtina” is a recent research which is being conducted during April 2016 and is still in process, is an integral part of the identification process of the actual heating energy consumption. The main goal of the research is to identify the energy consumption which is being used for heating residential buildings in city of Prishtina, but also the resources that are being used to generate this energy, percentage of the heated area within a dwelling, satisfactory level, costs and other secondary and tertiary results. The research and specially the results that are being processed will open a path to predict the potential of the energy growth in city of Prishtina and also to create new strategies for future city’s regulatory plans and detailed building designs which are based on sustainable solutions.
Petrit Ahmeti is an architect and planner with a focus on Energy Efficiency and Management Project. He has graduated from University of Prishtina, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. He continued his Master Studies for Architecture and Spatial Planning at University for Business and Technology in Prishtina and completed by obtaining practical education at Carinthia University at Passive House Summer School courses in 2008 and 2009. He is now completing his PhD on Building Physics/Energy Design for Residential sector in city of Prishtina at University of Pécs, while working as a Lecturer on Building Physics at University for Business and Technology in Prishtina and architect at Foundation Kosovo-Luxembourg.
His experience includes numerous projects on renovation and construction projects for different categories of building where he has worked as a Project Manager and before head he have worked as an architect for a numerous Architecture Studios in Kosovo.
Solid Waste is a short film that visually examines the waste and waste management systems of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Positioned between art, anthropology, and documentary film, Solid Waste was produced with the help of artist and designer, Sean Martindale, and supported by the City of Toronto, the Solid Waste Management Services division, and Nuit Blanche Toronto. The film goes behind the scenes at six distinct type of Toronto waste management sites — curbside pick-up, transfer station, reuse centre, organics processing, single-stream recycling, and landfill — and is presented as an invitation to contemplate the matter we go to great lengths in making invisible. These are sites to which the public is generally denied access, and which much of our culture ignores.
Despite its highly aesthetic production, Solid Waste attempts to go beyond the recent trend of “ruin porn”, to demonstrate, as the absurdist playwright Stanley Eveling asserts, “an object is a slow event”. Where urban decay and the decline of the built environment have become desirable topics in photography, we situate Solid Wasteoutside of decay culture. It documents the ongoing, technologically-advanced management of waste matter (the recycling site, for example, is considered one of the largest and most technologically advanced recycling sites in North America), rather than visually arresting the slow degradation of post-industrial settings. Where rubbish is actively created and cared for, ruins are ignored and left to crumble.
What we see in Solid Waste is the exotic underworld of the rubbish landscape, located below and beyond normal reality. The dark, dense, and mysterious sites of waste processing produce a chance reshuffling of worthless, familiar objects, which begin to take on a certain sense of beauty as they encounter one another at random. Everyday artifacts appear utterly strange. The montage of matter, both through editing techniques and inherent to the environment, invites fresh associations about material culture. Ultimately, Solid Waste is a mortality tale in which we watch inanimate things, never fully alive, finally come to die.
Ramona Abdallah is a Lebanese architect based in Beirut. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Architecture at the Lebanese University. As a founding member of the Lebanese Architecture Club, Ramona brought her passion for architecture, design, and urbanism to life by getting engaged in various projects, such as ‘Burj Hammoud Neighborhood Upgrading’ initiated by UN Habitat Lebanon, the renovation of Beirut Design Week 2016 Central Space KED, and the design of the new library and media lounge at the Goethe Institut in Beirut. She focuses on the sustainable design approach while engaging with the local communities to bring balance back to nature. Recently, Ramona was the Communication officer for Beirut Design Week 2016 at MENA Design Research Center, where she got to learn more about Human centered design and design for social impact.
With a passion for traveling, Ramona backpacked through Europe where she explored the diverse urban environments of its cities. In addition, she participated in various international programs such as Maltepe University Annual Architecture Congress in Instabul and AA Visiting School in Jordan.
Ramona is a professional musician, she is currently a member in the orchestra and gives violin lessons in Beirut.
Sean Martindale is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist and designer currently based in Toronto, Canada. His interventions activate public and semi-public spaces to encourage engagement, often focused on ecological and social issues. His playful works question and suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in urban environments. Frequently, Martindale uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction.
Martindale’s projects have been featured on countless prominent sites online, as well as in traditional media such as print, radio, broadcast television and film. His practice has a global following and has been written about in countries all around the world, and in multiple languages. Martindale was profiled for the first episode of the CBC’s Great Minds of Design, one of his lectures was filmed by TVO for their Big Ideas series, and his work was also included in the feature-length documentary This Space Available, released in 2011.
The Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA) awarded Martindale their prestigious Artist Prize for 2012, and thee Ontario Arts Council granted him a Chalmers Arts Fellowship in 2013. He holds an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Master’s of Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University in Toronto, and a Bachelor of Design fromEmily Carr University in Vancouver. He was the Decennial Hancock Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Hart House where his work was on view in 2011.
Martindale has taken part in multiple solo and group exhibitions, and his projects have been shown in cities such as Montreal, Madrid, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenszhen, Victoria, Vancouver, Venice, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, London England, Las Vegas, Charlottetown, St John’s, Minneapolis, Paris, Angers, Brussels, Berlin and Doha. 2012 marked the opening of NOW, Martindale’s major two-person show with Pascal Paquette at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the AGO’s Toronto Nowcontemporary project series, and he has since exhibited work multiple times at the gallery. His work has also been seen in such places as The Royal Ontario Museum forHot Docs, at Toronto’s City Hall for Asian Heritage Month, in Montreal for Art Souterrain / Nuit Blanche 2013, and in St John’s Newfoundland for the Art Marathon Festival 2013. Also in 2013, he was the lead artist on the tallest mural in the world, the result of a community project in St James Town, Toronto, with local youth, STEPS and theToronto Muralists. Sean has continued to lead other notable community arts projects, and has also taken part in a number of residencies. Among recent projects was Martindale’s major installation outside City Hall for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2015, including integrated video collaborations with JP King
Malak Rahal is a Lebanese architect based in Beirut. She graduated with honors from the Institute of Fine Arts and Architecture at the Lebanese university in 2014. Her desire to explore the power of architecture in people’s life, cities and environment, led her to work on ‘informal settlements’ in her diploma. Her focus was on the value of public spaces and on empowering local communities through architecture and design. Recently, Malak worked with CHF International on the rehabilitation of public schools in Lebanon. Currently, she is working at Al Saad Contracting, where she works on The Kempinski Hotel in Jeddah to explore her interest in High Tech architecture. Her focus on empowering communities led her to be a founding member at the Lebanese Architecture Club where she practices design for social impact and the participatory approach. Through the club, Malak took part in the renovation of Beirut Design Week central space KED, the design of the new library and media lounge at the Goethe Institute in Beirut, and in the organization of the annual Entrepreneur Architect Conference. In addition, Malak participated in various programs on mapping methods, eviction process, heritage, and public spaces.