Workshops

WORKSHOPS LIST

(the list of the workshops is provisional and under modifications. Some adjustments could be may take place in the coming months)

ARCHITECTURE

WORKSHOP 1 (WS1)
Title: Waiting for eVolo – 2023 Skyscraper competition
Abstract: The exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, unplanned urban sprawl and other factors are leading towards a vertical development of the cities. Such phenomenon is appearing globally, creating new vertical entities with an impact in the urban context, the public realm and society.
The aim of the workshop is to investigate the relation of space and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. It seeks for a response to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature. The workshop is organized in frame of the international competition launched by “eVolo” magazine, which since 2006 invites international architects, engineers and designers to propose innovative creations that embrace the latest technological applications and promote cultural values that can influence on the future design of cities. The participants are encouraged to propose vertical buildings in any context of the world, by taking in consideration technological advances, finding new sustainable means for the urban environment, proposing methods to solve economical and cultural issues, and furthermore new strategies for the management of natural sources. The workshop will be organized in six groups of five persons and the best proposal will be the participant of the “eVolo” competition.
Curators (Polis): Keti Hoxha, Franklind Jesku, Endrit Marku (guest)
Curators (Partners): eVolo (to be defined)

 

WORKSHOP 2 (WS2)
Title: New architecturalsolutions for prototyping a building element: a beta test
Abstract: In this course, students will learn to understand how 3D Printing and Robotic Arm working, not only technical details but also career paths. This course covers all of the important topics from the basic to advanced about these new technologies. Students will be divided in 3 groups (3D Printing, Robotic Arm and Grinder) and each group will work with one project. In the end of the workshop each grou will present their work.
Curators (Polis): Arber Malaj, Dhurata Sheu, Emel Peterci + Edi Duro
Curators (Partners): –

 

WORKSHOP 5 (WS5)
Title: The ‘kullen’: the Albanian way of verticalization and densification
Abstract: Measures to reduce the impact of skyscrapers: from this workshop, toolkit + graphics (e.g. green roofs, vertical gardens, greeneries, playgrounds, etc.). Tax reduction if the builders/investors accept to use of these tools.
Curators (Polis): Ermal Hoxha, Llazar Kumaraku, Genti Avdija
Curators (Partners): Luca Reale (Sapienza – Università di Roma, Italy –  to be defined), Bashkia Tirane (to be defined)

 

WORKSHOP 8 (WS8)
Title: to be defined
Abstract: to be defined
Curators (Polis): Lecturer (to be defined), Megi Sinani, Avrili Meshi
Curators (Partners): Saint Gobain Albania (to be defined)

 

WORKSHOP 11 (WS11)
Title: Preservation of historical and cultural heritage (to be defined)
Abstract:  The rapid transformations of society and the built environment, both in a global and local level, are endangering the historical and cultural heritage. Albania is currently undergoing such a phenomenon. The historical formation of urban centers is different for different cities and is directly intertwined with their history respective histories. The purpose of this Workshop is to identify and document key architectural and urban “moments” that make up the image of Tirana in history, and their transmission to the future, which is closely related to the preservation and experience of the cultural and historical heritage. In the context of rapid transformations and erasures of the urban image of the city of Tirana, this workshop will identify and map the architectural and urban “monuments” of the city of Tirana in the period from the League of Prizren till the end of World War II. The methodology consists of research of artifacts both at an historical and cartographic level, relying both on archival materials and site visits. The result will be the gathering and classification of comprehensive information regarding the location and types of urban artifacts, including those that have been destroyed but are valuable due to their architectural and historical values, as well as the mapping of these artifacts in (relation to) both old and new maps.
Curators (Polis): Malvina Istrefaj, Llazar Kumaraku, Skender Luarasi
Curators (Partners): Kreshnik Merxhani and Fabio Naselli (Epoka University) + Petros Koufopoulos (Patras University, Greece)

 

WORKSHOP 17 (WS17)
Title: Emerging urbanism and co-evolving patterns in urban design
Abstract: The workshop aims to provide an alternative methodology for observing and analyzing the city through conceptual leverage oriented to correct the rigidity of top-down practices and bring the real city, or the city of everyday life, closer to the city of conventional planning through alternative design tools. The main purpose is then of challenging students to combine interventions through design instruments in a specific context with social self-organization issues, aiming at a co-evolutionary design strategy. Computational design tools will be implemented as a way to disclose and extract some generative enzymes from the existing urban conditions and identify those that can be discretised and inserted into a more holistic design approach.
Thus, the course aims to encourage students to an alternative exploration of the process of creating urban spaces and the factors involved in it.
Curators (Polis): Sotir Dhamo, Valerio Perna, Flavio Ciçi, Rixhers Dëngo
Curators (Partners): University of Ioannina, Greece

 

WORKSHOP 18 (WS18)
Title: Façade Technology applications. External coating examination on Highrise buildings, Tirana, Albania. (to be confirmed)
Abstract: to be defined
Curators (Polis): Klodjan Xhexhi, Blerim Nika
Curators (Partners): Nicholas Anastasopoulos, Dimitra S.Nikolaou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

 

WORKSHOP 19 (WS19)
Title: to be defined
Abstract: earthscrapers, horizontalscrapers, skyscrapers
Curators (Polis): Krist Andoni (to be confirmed)
Curators (Partners): to be defined

 

WORKSHOP 20 (WS20)
Title: Smart – Sustainable city Tirana
Abstract: Cities possess massive resources, talent and creativity and serve as hubs for knowledge sharing, experimentation and innovation, generating new ideas, embedding these solutions locally and scaling-up successful practices. However the fundamental role of cities in driving sustainable development interplays with big societal trends and challenges, including:
(a) Globalization and urbanization,
(b) Geographic disparities,
(c) Crises and pandemics,
(d) Digital transitions,
(e) Population ageing,
(f ) Climatic and environmental challenges,
(g) Natural and technological hazards.
Nowadays, over more than half of the world’s population live in cities, which is predicted to increase to 70% by 2050, with much of this growth occurring in less developed countries. The United Nations developed the “New Urban Agenda” as a roadmap for building cities that are engines of prosperity and culturally rich centers of social engagement, while still protecting the environment.
Tirana is one of those cities that have experienced dramatic changes in the last three decades, with a culmination of transformative actions during the last decade. Its population increased more than three times. The need for resources and services among others, land, water, electricity, mobility, transport and housing has put a great pressure on the existing city infrastructure, urban tissue and historic memories of the city. Increasing density in the central area of the city has opened debates among professionals if such densities should have been planned in new areas opened in the previously outskirts of the city, but now very central to it. Planning for a long term-vision the capital needs to take into account the new trends as mentioned above, and identifying smart solutions.
Curators (Polis): to be defined
Curators (Partners): Doris Andoni + UNECE

 

WORKSHOP 22 (WS22)
Title: to be defined
Abstract: skyscrapers in the theory of architecture
Curators (Polis): to be defined
Curators (Partners): Simona Talenti (University of Salerno, Italy) (to be confirmed)

 

WORKSHOP 25 (WS25)
Title: Emergency Architecture in resilient times
Abstract: The increasing transformation of society brings towards new paradigms both in a global and local level. During the last pandemic the World Health Organization (WHO) created a network of professionals in order to give an emergent and efficient response to health facilities as a priority.

Architects for the first time achieved a new role in the first line of the pandemic war. The regeneration of existing buildings into Covid19 treatment centers or the construction of new ones was the priority of the architects. The normalization of the pandemic brings out the results but also new questions and paradigms of WHO’s network achievements. Despite the pandemics there are ‘new’ fields to work on as an emergency: wars .How resilient cities and resilient buildings should be in time of natural and man-made disasters, to give a better response than the one until now?

The purpose of this Workshop is to give a new vision of future resilient cities and building in case of disasters. The methodology will focus on give a visionary approach on a larger scale (the city) and on a small scale (the building, both emergency and treatment center or residential). The result will underline the importance of the role of the architects to redefine the urban shape in terms of resilience, and to redefine how the hospital or treatment center of the future should be, according to the sensibility architects should put.
Curators (Polis): Franklind Jesku
Curators (Partners): Michele Di Marco + Anna Silenzi (WHO)

 

WORKSHOP 26 (WS26)
Title: to be defined
Abstract: project of a mid/rise and high-rise building(s) in a site area in Berlin, Germany
Curators (Polis): to be defined

Curators (Partners): Mark Jenewein (LOVE Studio, Austria) (to be confirmed)

 

WORKSHOP 27 (WS27)
Title: citizen engagement / citizen science
Abstract: people engagement and person-centred approach, community empowerment
Curators (Polis): Kejt Dhrami (Co-PLAN), others (to be defined)
Curators (Partners): to be defined

ART AND DESIGN

WORKSHOP 3 (WS3)
Title: City Photography
Abstract: update the photographic database of the CTBUH with more photos of the highrise buildings built in Tirana (to be defined)
Curators (Polis): Xhoi Musliaka, Renato Balla
Curators (Partners): Dario Trabucco (IUAV, Italy) (to be confirmed)

WORKSHOP 4 (WS4)
Title: Framing Architecture
Abstract: update the photographic database of the CTBUH with more photos of the highrise buildings built in Tirana (to be defined)
Curators (Polis): Olson Lamaj, Vjola Ziu
Curators (Partners): Dario Trabucco (IUAV, Italy) (to be confirmed)

WORKSHOP 7 (WS7)
Title: to be defined
Abstract: –
Curators (Polis): Elona Karafili, Xhimi Hysa, Pjerin Shoshi
Curators (Partners): –

WORKSHOP 12 (WS12)
Title: to be defined
Abstract: to be defined
Curators (Polis): Remijon Pronja, David Kryemadhi
Curators (Partners): Ermir Hoxha (Tirana University of Arts) (to be confirmed)

WORKSHOP 21 (WS21)
Title: 3d modeling of future buildings  or Shaping future buildings
Abstract: Clay is a simple primary material and gives you many opportunities to express yourself in a creative way.
It’s a traditional material that very artists and sculptors use as a primary tool for creation and realization of their works, also comes to the aid of designers and architects when they design a 3 dimensional object whether is a building, car or other object.
When we want to design a 3 dimensional object as a building or a certain product many times it happens that it is difficult to put it on paper with simple lines because it is still unclear and we do not know where to start. For this reason clay comes handy because it is a very easy material to work with and takes many forms, in this way we have the opportunity to transform the idea we had in the beginning with a concrete 3 dimensional object that we can see from all sides and we can process and model it to achieve a final shape and form that looks beautiful and more successful.
This workshop aims to equip students with the skills of making and understanding the 3 dimensional form. They should be able to recognize the material with which they can model and shape their ideas and have it easier to conceive and design a building.
Also knowing the shape, ratio, volume, composition and aesthetics of the lines that creates a 3 dimensional shape they will be equipped with some skills that will help them in their future profession.
Curators (Polis): Irena Buzi, Osman Zamani

Curators (Partners): to be defined

WORKSHOP 24 (WS24)
Title: City Pattern Design
Abstract: The workshop aims to provide an alternative oriented to analyze the actual design of the city and to transform them through design for having a complete image of which will be the image that will reflect the future city.
From this perspective, the city of Tirana is an excellent case to study these phenomena, being a place that has a huge change in the last year when high buildings are projected and being built, giving the city a new look.
If until 2000-2010 Tirana was known for the bright colors of the buildings or the drawings on the walls. Now we can say that a new form is creating the new identity of the city. Tall skyscrapers are being built one after another. These new forms and patterns are becoming part of the city. In an unconscious way, they affect everyone of us. The city analysis studying the new forms and turning them into graphic patterns, is a process as explorative, inspiring as much as artistic. Every student is placed in terms of reflection through analysis and creation of the image of the city of the future through an artistic language.
These objects that will be taken into analysis, firstly they will be photographed. Then seeing the conceptualization of the form and space where they are built, they will be analyzed and then through a special graphic language for each student, these forms will take life and transform into design objects.
The challenge of each student is looking at the city with an analytic eye and reflect on how urban forms of the city will affect in their collective memory in the upcoming decades.
Over the last decades, the city form has changed. Areas that before were in a low level of floors in horizontal directions, now are mixed with high-rise buildings which often have created paradoxical contrasts.
Considering this peculiar condition, the workshop focuses on educating students to interpret complexity and emergent patterns as the essential feature to understand reality and interpret in artistic ways these relations between skyscrapers and spaces that surround them. To study the building as a separate structure and then its study against the surrounding area. This part of the analysis, students will develop by visiting the areas at the center of the city, since they have the majority of the skyscrapers in Tirana.  Also, through photographing them, they will have the chance to document their search to start the creative work of decomposition of vertical city patterns.
The sketching and creative process between surface and volume, to interpret the pattern relief will be the first creative process. The interpretation of these reflections will continue with the choosing of a creative language that everyone will decide to work on. The creations can be refined through digital tools depending on the choice.
To educate a sensitivity, where new forms that are added to the city, do not change only its silhouette, but also the sensitivity to the city pattern as a new artistic language. Where every element of the building façade affects in the everyday life of people that live it. The student’s assignment in this workshop is to study these new forms and to dimension through their artistic language to bring these phenomena close to the citizens. As a linguistic wealth that should be appreciated or ironized through research and artistic deepening of each.
This artistic reflection through design forms will be an inspiration for upcoming generations that will study architectural forms of the city of Tirana.
Curators (Polis): Armela Lamaj, Esmeralda Marku
Curators (Partners): –

ENGINEERING

WORKSHOP 4
Title: Basics of computational design for façade engineers.
Abstract: This report seeks to present the innovative survey knowledge for civil engineering students at Faculty of Civil Engineering, Polis University, Tirana. The Survey program was prepared as a daily-package which consisted of surveying activities such as programming, parametric design, structural analysis, and also introduces the usage of the latest technologies of surveying tools in civil engineering projects.
Curators (Polis): Albi Alliaj
Curators (Partners): Lindner Group (Ing. from Germany + Naumaq Pojani + site visit)

WORKSHOP 9 (WS9)
Title: High-rise buildings, site challenges of architecture and structural engineering
Abstract: The TAW-22 workshop can be considered a significant pedagogical and academic tool to expand architecture and engineering student learning experiences in a practice environment. The aims of the workshop are to apply theory-practice and “design-on site build” as a whole process, to understand design, building techniques, materials, construction management, architectural design and dealing with structural solutions and to improve student practical skills on BIM modelling. Besides understanding of design, innovative building materials and the all process another important feature of our design-build process, was the exploration of BIM modelling which includes a new building design culture with a multidisciplinary involvement in a single 3D model, using basic software “REVIT Autodesk”. The course program will be preceded by a theoretical entrance and then in the studio session, after the lecturer defines his requirements and objectives, it is passed to its realization. The workshop with the topic “The Pros & Cons of City Verticalization” is organized by Polis University, Faculty of Architecture and design/ Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering in the academic year of 2022-2023.
Curators (Polis): Nikolla Vesho, Aguljeln Marku
Curators (Partners): Polytechnic University of Tirana, EPOKA University

WORKSHOP 10 (WS10)
Title: Urban Critical Infrastructure Risk Evaluation
Abstract: Facing natural hazards and reducing their impact has always been one of the most challenging tasks. The analysis of such events is characterized by many uncertainties, their prediction and the consequences on society are difficult and the results are tightly dependent on the available data. For years now there has been a shift in the way the disasters are faced, going from post-disaster emergencies and recovery to risk-based pre-disaster measures. Achieving this requires a full understanding of the concept of risk, which is composed of three elements: hazard (H), vulnerability (V) and exposure (E). The way in which each of the elements is characterized is depended on many factors including data availability, aim and scale of the problem. This workshop focuses on the topic of risk analysis at a city scale, which is a subject of high socioeconomic relevance to meet current and future challenges that are posed, in particular, to the public and private sectors of infrastructure management. essential services to society, as well as to institutions responsible for the safety and well-being of the population. The idea of this workshop is to give solid basic training in an integrative and dynamic context that allows the participants to have knowledge of the risk analysis on infrastructures.
Curators (Polis): Endri Duro, Flogerta Krosi
Curators (Partners): Elisabeta Texeira (U_Minho, Portugal), ALTEA Geostudio 2000

COMPUTER SCIENCE

WORKSHOP 23 (WS23)
Title: IoT user interface design and development applied to smart skyscrapers
Abstract: The workshop will aim at Internet of Things user interface design and development to create applications to be used in a smart city or a smart building. The example application developed during the workshop will focus on the case of an application to be used inside a smart skyscraper.
A skyscraper is, de facto, a small city in the city, and, if smart, will be based on an intensive use of IoT. To leverage this IoT network, mobile applications with specific, flexible and advanced user interfaces are needed.
Participants in the workshop will learn how to design user interfaces for IoT and how to develop them using the Ionic 6 framework, to create a hybrid and progressive Web app, that will be interfaced with some REST services simulating the IoT network, to present and input data and to provide elaborations.
Curators (Polis): Albina Toçilla
Curators (Partners): Luca Lezzerini

WORKSHOP 28 (WS28)
Title: Data Security and Protection
Abstract: Data security is one of the most daunting tasks for IT and infosec professionals. Each year, companies of all sizes spend a sizable portion of their IT security budgets protecting their organizations from hackers intent on gaining access to data through brute force, exploiting vulnerabilities or social engineering. The purpose of this Workshop is to identify the challenges related to securing sensitive data, ensuring compliance with government and industry mandates, and maintaining customer privacy. Along with the challenges, students will find advice on how to solve them. In the context of rapid transformations of all ç, this workshop will identify and map the best practices that protect data from loss, modification, or theft. Since data security can be compromised either by mistake or intentionally, training should focus both on accidental data mishandling and protection from malicious attempts. To arm our students, we’ll need to enforce a strict culture of data privacy training and put its principles at the core of their’s culture. You can’t prevent what you don’t recognize. Therefore, to address this gap, privacy and security training topics include defining, recognizing, and responding to existing types of attacks (phishing, malware, malicious/negligent insiders, etc.). Moreover, the workshop aims to prevent the loss, destruction, alteration, exploitation, or disclosure of sensitive company data. And because these privacy and security breaches can be caused either deliberately or unintentionally, it outlines strict measures to handle data and thwart malicious activity appropriately. There’s a minor distinction to note between cybersecurity and privacy awareness training. Cybersecurity training is more of a narrow term since it focuses solely on that which is within cyberspace. The methodology consists of the research on 8 of the most relevant and pertinent topics based on today’s cyber and data security landscape. The result will be the gathering and classification of comprehensive information regarding the types of attacks and their prevention.
Curators (Polis): Arber Malaj
Curators (Partners): Dragan Savić (from Serbia)

PLANNING

WORKSHOP 6 (WS6)
Title: High-rise buildings and the impacts on the city-scape (to be defined)
Abstract: –
Curators (Polis): Doriana Musaj, Kristiana Meço
Curators (Partners): Luciano De Bonis (University of Molise, Italy – to be confirmed)

WORKSHOP 13 (WS13)
Title: GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis
Abstract: This workshop is for students with basic knowledge of mapping and GIS, as well as anyone looking to gain a better understanding of how it all works and why. You will learn practical skills that can be applied to your own work using cutting-edge software created by Esri Inc., the world’s leading GIS. You will learn how to create GIS data, how to find and evaluate data found online, how to design an effective map, how to filter data and analyze spatial relationships, and how to work with satellite images. At the end of the workshop, you will apply everything you have learnt by either building a portfolio of your work through “mini-projects” or planning and executing one large project. Your capstone work will be presented in a web-based story map that you can share with your friends and colleagues
Curators (Polis): Leonora Haxhiu
Curators (Partners): –

WORKSHOP 14 (WS14)
Title: The geographies of regional tourism
Abstract: Planning, tourism, environment studies
Curators (Polis): Artan Kacani
Curators (Partners): Prof. Naoum Mylonas (Ionian University, Corfù, Greece)