[About Tirana Design Week]
This year Tirana Design Week reaches its fifth edition. TDW is a cultural event organized biannually by POLIS University, with the support of Future Architecture Platform, and aims for promoting international knowledge linked to architecture practice and research activities, starting from the Albanian context and reaching out to the international scene, positioning Tirana and, more in general Albania, in the European and World map. The previous editions successfully accomplished the mission of exposing Albania to the international Architecture and Design panorama, with important guests such as Peter Eisenman, Kengo Kuma, Farshid Moussavi, Philippe Rahm Marcos Novak, Mario Botta, Matias del Campo, Mario Cucinella, Winy Maas, Massimiliano Fuksas, Wolf Prix, Francine Houben, François Roche, to mentions just a few.
[Topics of TAW past editions]
2019 | Foreseeing Uncertainty, Design and Non Normativity
2017 | Inclusive Design
2015 | Design NOW!
2013 | MADE in Design
[CONFERENCE VENUE – POLIS University]
POLIS University’s new and modern premises are located at the heart of the most rapidly-growing metropolitan corridor connecting Tirana with its International Airport, and the main Albanian port city of Durrës. A team composed of staff and students designed and supervised the implementation of the main buildings. The campus represents an excellent example of contemporary architecture with public spaces and green, sport, and parking facilities. The project was about the adaptation of existing industrial structures, as well as the addition of innovative structural, environmental, and energy efficiency blocks. The interiors are carefully designed, transparent, and full of light.
The campus is located 5 km from the city center and has its own free shuttle bus services at 08.00 in the morning and 18.00 in the evening. There are also several affordable public transportation alternatives during the day. The university promotes biking and car-sharing practices. The campus is open 24 hours / 7 days / throughout the year, for its own students and staff. POLIS is a smoking-free area and free wireless internet service is also available. The ratio “m2 per student” is the highest in Albania at 1:12.
Polis University is a strategic partner of Tirana Municipality (www.tirana.gov.al) for cultural and intellectual activities taking place in Tirana, particularly for the “TAW Tirana Architecture Weeks”, “TDW Tirana Design Weeks” or for the support to “TICAB – Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennale”, “48 Hours Film Project”, etc. In addition, a number of initiatives and entities have their venues at POLIS, such as Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development, “AUA, Albanian Union of Architects and Urban Planners”. “MAD Center & Gallery”, Innovation Factory, etc. The University has the most specialized library in Albania in the field of contemporary arts, architecture, spatial and urban planning, environment, civil engineering, and sciences of the city. Students and staff organize often public performances, social activities, or “urban provocation” events in the city. U_POLIS publishes periodically the scientific journal of Architecture and Urban Planning “Forum A+P”, and organizes on regular monthly basis activities such as “Open Forums” on city-making, film projections in “Cine_POLIS”, the Tirana tours “Walking the City”, social clubs “Book + Tea” and “GooGoats”, attracting the interest not only of the POLIS’s community but also of the visitors.
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