Ideas for Prishtina Exhibition


Ekspozita me 67 propozimet e pranuara nga 17 vende te botes do hapet me 25 Mars ne ora 15:00 ne Objektin e Komunes se Vjeter te Prishtines.

Ekspozita do jete e hapura nga 25 mars deri me 5 prill. Vizitoret do kene mundesine qe te votojne per projektet e tyre te preferuar.

Ky edicioni i dyte i Konkursit eshte organizuar ne bashkepunim ne mes te Komunes se Prishtines dhe Fondacionit Kosovar te Arkitektures.

LINA Open Call

Third LINA Open Call invites emerging creatives to apply with ideas, texts and practices addressing the environmental crisis

The Open Call seeks emerging spatial practitioners, thinkers, and creatives to become LINA fellows. Individuals and teams are invited to apply with radical ideas, practical solutions, theoretical insights or thought-provoking practices addressing the environmental crisis. 

25 selected authors will be invited to the 2024 LINA Conference in Sarajevo (3–4 October), while any one of the eligible applicants can be invited to co-create the LINA Architecture Programme, a series of events organised by members of the platform across Europe.

About LINA

LINA is a European platform: a network of 34 institutions working at the intersection of architecture and other fields related to spatial culture. It works to promote emerging thinkers and practitioners with the goal of steering design and building processes towards regenerative practices and principles of de-growth.

A growing alliance of museums, universities, research networks, foundations, triennials, biennials, and other European and Mediterranean organisations—LINA members—carries out a series of events taking place all over Europe. The programme is co-funded by Creative Europe.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for innovative individuals and collectives who apply their theoretical and practical knowledge to better our common future. We’re searching for innovators who develop spatial practices that question the status quo. We want to welcome new and emerging voices to make their mark and help amplify their radical ideas. 

We are looking to give a platform to those who have not yet broken through to the international audience, and are not yet established in their respective fields. Age is not a limit, however only Creative Europe country residents are eligible to participate.

We are looking for those wanting to participate in mentoring, teaching, residencies, research, writing, who want to present their work and develop meaningful programmes. Though travel is not always a necessity, we are looking for those interested in international collaboration. We want to promote people who care for the future of our planet and who share our ethical values.

Additional info

All documentation and application forms are available on the LINA website, for additional information, please reach out to or

We’re looking forward to welcoming a new generation of LINA fellows!

Ideas for Prishtina Jury announcement

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The Kosovo Architecture Foundation and the city of Prishtina is announcing the Jury for the second edition of the Ideas for Prishtina call. The international jury will be delivering its conclusion once the exhibition is concluded and the public vote is gathered.

The Ideas for Prishtina call received 72 ideas with teams coming from more than 17 countries. In the coming days the city of Prishtina will be publishing the exhibition dates where the public can also vote for its favorite projects.

The winning project of the call will be receiving the “Rexhep Luci” prize in the amount of 5000 euro’s, the second project will receive an award of 100 euros and the third one 500 euros.

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Fondacioni Kosovar i Arkitekturës dhe Komuna e Prishtinës shpallin Jurinë për edicionin e dytë të thirrjes Ide për Prishtinën. Juria ndërkombëtare do shpall rezultatet e saj pasi të përfundojë ekspozita dhe të mblidhet vota e publikut.

Thirrja Ide për Prishtina mori 72 ide me ekipe nga më shumë se 17 vende të botës. Në ditët në vijim Komuna e Prishtinës do të publikojë datat e ekspozitës ku publiku mund të votojë edhe për projektet e tyre të preferuara.

Projekti fitues i thirrjes do të jetë marrja e çmimit “Rexhep Luci” në vlerë prej 5000 euro, projekti i dytë do të shpërblehet me 100 euro dhe i treti 500 euro.


In the January 2024 issues of the World of Interiors our founding director Bekim Ramku published a text on the most iconic building in our country, the Pjeter Bogdani, Kosovo National Library. Below is the text which was published online and on print, enjoy!

Designing the National Library of Kosovo in Pristina in the early 1970s, Andrija Mutnjaković deployed the dome as one of his fundamental forms in order to mark the Ottoman empire’s impact on the region. The architect also drew on Byzantine and Romanesque elements to conjure a distinctively Balkan take on Brutalism – and a building that divides opinion, as Bekim Ramku reports

Written by Bekim Ramku | Photography by Oskar Proctor

One summer’s day in 1970 a young Croatian architect received a call from none other than the gen­eral secretary of the League of Commun­ists of Kosovo, asking if he’d like to design a library for a new university in Pristina. Andrija Mutnjaković, now 93, remem­bers it well. It was unusual not just be­ cause direct commissions from the state (the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugo­slavia) were rare, but they were normally awarded only to well ­established practitioners, and the man approached did not have a single built project to his name.

The student revolts that ricocheted around the world in 1968 also spread to the Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians took to the streets in mass demonstrations to demand greater self ­determination. In the wake of the unrest, the Yugoslav govern­ment scrambled to build the country’s first Albanian ­speaking university. The person commissioned to plan the Pris­tina University campus was the most es­tablished Kosovar architect at the time, Bashkim Fehmiu. He designed the uni­versity campus to resemble a ‘mat’ build­ing (that is, low ­rise and based on a mod­ular grid system), similar to Berlin’s Freie Universität of the early 1960s. The cen­tre of the campus was to be dominated by an open ­air amphitheatre and a grand library. Mutnjaković had recently lost a competition for the design of the Sarajevo Library, and it was mock­up images of this project that helped Fehmiu convince lo­cal communist leaders to trust the young Croat with the design of the most impor­tant building in Pristina.

One of the 74 domes, modelled on Richard Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic ones, silhouettes the oak stairway rails. These, though photogenic, have maintenance issues – elements between rails and marble stairs cannot be reached by cleaners.
Several prominent Kosovar writers have contributed their personal libraries to the national institution. Here is that of Esad Mekuli, a Spanish Civil War veteran and celebrated poet.

Like Fehmiu, Mutnjaković was inter­ested in the idea of ‘Yugoslav regional­ ism’ – the idea that the nation, thanks to the dual impact of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, had a singular architectural context. In his view, the two forms that reflected those influences were the cube (characteristically Byzantine) and the dome (typically Ottoman) – both ele­ments that he had already experimented with in his plans for the Sarajevo Library.

After receiving the commission, Mutn­jaković, who worked with what he likes to describe as an ‘atelier’ rather than a stu­dio, began drafting the project with the help of two recent graduates. The detailed design was created in less than two years, though it took Ramiz Sadiku, one of the biggest construction companies in Yugo­slavia, ten years to complete the building.

Illyrian fibulae – so named for the brooches made by the Balkans-based Iron Age people – ring the upper perimeter of the main hall with its bravura marble floor.

The level of detail in the architectural drawings reflects the principal’s dedica­tion to the project, which he worked on for the next decade. He was given a free hand to select the best materials, the majority of which he sourced locally to reflect the specifically Yugoslav identity of the build- ing. The major exceptions were the characteristic plexiglass domes – these were manufactured in Hamburg by Kopperschmidt, the company that had made the cockpit caps for Messerschmitt fighter aircraft during World War II. (According to an urban myth that Mutnjaković finds particularly amusing, the library has 99 domes. There are in fact 74.) The book escalators were also made in Germany.

Asked about his other influences in designing the building, Mutnjaković, now living in Zagreb, explains that he looked for inspiration to other local elements as well as his own upbringing. When he was a child, his father took him across Croatia to see the work of the 15th-century Dalmatian architect Andrea Alessi; the budding building buff loved how Medieval church architects used carved stonework, such as rose windows, to soften the light that penetrated their interiors. ‘I tried doing the same in Pristina, but the structural engineers scared me into choosing the lightest material available at that time. For that reason, I decided to use sandcast aluminium to wrap the whole building,’ Mutnjaković explains. The façade includes more than 70,000 hexagonal elements. It was a visit to the tomb of the Ottoman Sultan Murat in Mazgit, just outside of Pristina, that prompted him to use local slate to cover the concrete exterior that he had originally planned to leave exposed. The motif of the Illyrian spiral, a symbol of the ancient ancestors of modern Albanians, appears as the crest of the library and is repeated throughout the interior, from the main hall to the walls of the small amphitheatre and on the carpets in the administrative areas.

Because the acoustics of the main auditorium were of such importance to Mutnjaković, he resuscitated the dome/cube form (writ large elsewhere) in these wallcoverings, effectively muffling sound.
The main auditorium holds some 140 seats, which, like most of the other furniture and fixtures, were manufactured at the Tefik Canga factory in Ferizaj.

The library’s furniture and fixtures were influenced by the many monasteriesMutnjaković visited as a child and early in his architectural career. He put a lot of thought into designing furniture that would be comfortable enough for hours of reading but sufficiently uncomfortable to discourage snoozing. The reading-room tables were covered in leather, which warms up quickly, so students wouldn’t feel cold when they arrived in the morning to work. Instead of having a cavernous reading room with long banks of desks, a common feature of central libraries, this one is fragmented into smaller zones, allowing undergraduates to find their own corner in which to study in relative privacy. Every element in this building has such a story and a similar degree of care dedicated to its crafting. One could spend hours (if not days) listening to its creator talk you through his design journey.

Finally completed in 1982, the library is undoubtedly Mutnjaković’s best-known building, and the only one to receive international renown. To this day, it’s one of the most visited sites in Kosovo, with opinions split between those who find it mesmerising and those who consider it dull, prison-like or plain ugly. Love it or hate it, as the Chilean Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena put it when he visited: ‘You can clearly see that the architect gave his all to design this building and that it serves its purpose in the best possible way’.

The National Library of Kosovo ‘Pjetër Bogdani’, Hasan Pristina Square, Pristina 10030, Kosovo. For more information, visit



Konkursi ide për Prishtinën

Çmimi për Urbanizëm “Rexhep Luci”

Ka mbërritur edicioni i dytë i konkursit të dizajnit “Ide për Prishtinën”!

Mirëpresim ide që fokusohen tek përmirësimi i pamjes dhe funksionalitetit të qytetit të Prishtinës, shfrytëzueshmërisë dhe veçanërisht jetueshmërisë së tij. Prishtina ka mjaft parregullsi dhe probleme në kontekstin urban, që njëkohësisht përmban shumë potencial, ndaj ndani mendimet dhe propozimet tuaja me mundësinë për të bërë një ndryshim të shumëpritur në qytet.

Komuna e Prishtinës dhe Fondacioni Kosovar i Arkitekturës (KAF) kanë për qëllim të inkurajojnë pjesëmarrjen e komunitetit lokal në proceset e planifikimit dhe zbatimit të qytetit. Ideja themelore është se si mund të përmirësojmë ose transformojmë hapësirat publike dhe rrethinat e tyre. Këto propozime mund të jenë nga më të ndryshmet, duke filluar nga trotuaret, udhëkryqet, drita të qytetit, tabelat, fasadat e ndërtesave, vitrinat, çatitë, kalimet, tunelet, parqet dhe zona të tjera të gjelbruara, shatërvanët, sheshet, tregjet, pikat e informacionit, pavionet, ndërtesat e reja publike, apo edhe zgjidhje urbane utopike. Nuk ka ide shumë të madhe ose shumë të vogël, ndaj mos ngurroni të shpreheni plotësisht.

Të gjithë, qoftë banorë të përkushtuar apo thjesht vizitorë në Prishtinë, të çdo moshe, kombësie apo mbrapavije profesionale, janë të ftuar të ndajnë idetë e tyre. Ju mund të merrni pjesë në këtë konkurs qoftë individualisht apo në grup me miqtë, kolegët, fqinjët ose anëtarët e familjes tuaj. Jeni të mirëpritur të përdorni çfarëdo mediumi që ju nevojitet, si dizajne arkitekturore dhe urbane, vepra arti, foto, video, tekste, etj. Gjithçka që duhet të bëni në projektet tuaja është të specifikoni vendndodhjen e saktë të ndërhyrjes suaj të propozuar dhe të shpjegoni se si vizioni juaj do të përmirësonte qytetin dhe do të ndihmonte qytetarët.

Komuna e Prishtinës për propozimin më të mire do të shpërblejë çmimin “Rexhep Luci” që përfshin shpërblime monetare si: vendi i parë 5000€, vendi i dytë 1000€ dhe vendi i tretë 500€.

Projektet e zbatueshme mund të realizohen nga Komuna.

Termet dhe kushtet e konkursit mund t’i gjeni tek:

Për më shumë informacione, mund të na kontaktoni tek:


1. Organizatorët dhe përkrahësit e konkursit

“Ide për Prishtinën” organizohet nga Komuna e Prishtinës  dhe Fondacioni Kosovar i Arkitekturës (KAF).

2. Qëllimi i konkursit

Qëllimi i konkursit është stimulimi i qytetarëve në shprehjen e dëshirave dhe ideve të tyre për përmirësimin e qytetit të Prishtinës. Ky është konkurs ideor i hapur. Idetë e propozuara do të ekspozohen gjatë Festivalit të Arkitekturës së Kosovës në Prishtinë, ndërsa më vonë do të mbeten pronë e Komunës së Prishtinës për zhvillime të mëtutjeshme.

3. Kushtet për aplikim

Ky konkurs është i hapur për të gjithë, qytetarë lokal apo të huaj, studentë apo profesionistë, të interesuar në përmirësimin e kualitetit të Prishtinës. Aplikuesit mund të marrin pjesë individualisht apo në grupe të përziera.

4. Orari

Afati i fundit për aplikim    01.02.2024

Shpallja e fituesve                20.02.2024

5. Si të dorëzohet propozimi?

Propozimin duhet ta dërgoni tek email adresa: në format PDF, e preferuar që dimenzioni maksimal i letrës të jetë A1 dhe volumi maksimal max. 10 mb. Nëse file është më i madh se 10 mb, atëherë të dorëzohet me anë të një linku i cili duhet të jetë i qasshëm së paku deri me 1 mars 2024.

6. Juria dhe procesi i vlerësimit

Vlerësimi dhe përzgjedhja e dizajneve më të mira do të bëhet nga një juri e përbërë nga anëtarë vendorë dhe ndërkombëtarë.

7. Çmimet

Dizajnet më të mira do të shpërblehen me një vlerë monetare, çmimi i pare është 5000 €, çmimi i dytë është 1000€ dhe çmimi i tretë është 500€, ndërsa dhjetë propozimet tjera më të mira do të marrin mirënjohje.

8. Të drejtat autoriale

Të drejtat e dizajnit konceptual do të mbesin tek pjesëmarrësit e konkursit. Megjithatë, në rast se ndonjë nga propozimet zbatohet, KAF dhe Komuna e Prishtinës kanë të drejtën për modifikimin teknik të tyre pa kërkuar autorizime të tjera nga autorët. Gjithashtu ata mund të publikojnë, ekspozojnë dhe përdorin propozimet për aktivitete të marketingut pa ndonjë kompensim. KAF nuk mban përgjegjësi për asnjë plagjiaturë.

Për çfarëdo informate shtesë mund të drejtoheni tek:


Ideas for Prishtina Competition

The Award for Urbanism “Rexhep Luci”

The second edition of the “Ideas for Prishtina” design contest has arrived!

We welcome ideas that revolve around improving Prishtina’s cityscape, functionality, usability, and especially its livability. Prishtina has its fair share of urban issues, but that leaves a lot of room for potential, so share your thoughts and proposals, with the chance of making a proper change in the city.

The Municipality of Prishtina and the Kosovo Architecture Foundation (KAF) are organizing this design contest to encourage the participation of the local community in the planning and implementation processes of the city. The main idea is the improvement and/or transformation of public spaces and their surroundings. These proposals could vary from sidewalks, crossroads, city lights, billboards, building facades, storefronts, rooftops, passages, tunnels, parks and other green areas, fountains, squares, markets, information points, pavilions, new public buildings, or even utopic urban solutions. No idea is too big, or too small, feel free to express yourselves fully.  Everyone, either being a devoted residents or just visitors in Prishtina, of any age, nationality, or professional background, are invited to share their ideas. You can participate in this competition either individually or in groups with your friends, colleagues, neighbors, or family members. You are welcome to express yourselves with whatever medium you need, such as architectural and urban designs, art works, photos, videos, texts, etc. All you need to do in your designs is specify the exact location of your proposed intervention, and explain how your idea would improve the city and help the citizens.

The Municipality of Prishtina will be awarding the best proposal will the “Rexhep Luci” Award that also includes a monetary prize of 5000 € for 1st place, 1000 € for 2nd place, and 500 € for 3rd place. The most feasible projects might be implemented by the Municipality.

The terms and conditions of the competition can be found at:

For further details, contact:


1. Competition Promoters & Organizers

“Ideas for Prishtina” is organized by the Municipality of Prishtina and Kosovo Architecture Foundation (KAF).

2. Aim of competition

The main idea for this competition is to encourage citizens on expressing their needs and ideas towards the improvement of the city of Prishtina. It is an open and ideas only competition. The proposed ideas will be exhibited during Kosovo Architecture Festival.

3. Eligibility

This design contest is open for anyone, local of foreigner, student or professional, interested on improving the quality of Prishtina. Entrants might apply individually or in mixed groups.

4. Timetable

Submission deadline            01.02.2024

Winners announcement     20.02.2024

5. How to hand-in your proposal?

The proposal should be delivered via email at as a PDF file, preferably the maximum dimension of the layout should be A1 & max. 10 mb. If the file is larger than 10 mb, then you can deliver the file via link which should be accessible at least until the 1st of March 2024.

6. Judging Panel & Process

The evaluation and selection of best design proposals will be conducted by a jury composed of national and international members.

7. Awards

All the proposals will be published in a catalog and exhibited by KAF. There will be given award certificates for the best 10 proposals, the first place will receive a prize of 5000 €, second place will receive 1000€, and third place will receive 500€. The most feasible proposals may later be realized by the Municipality of Prishtina.

8. Copyright

The intellectual property rights will remain to the competition participants. KAF does not hold responsibility for any plagiarism. KAF and the Municipality of Prishtina reserve the right to keep the entries for their publication, exhibition and other marketing activities, at no further compensation. If any of these designs will be realized by Municipality of Prishtina, there is no need to ask for further permission. In case any entry will be implemented and it is needed KAF and the Municipality of Prishtina hold the right to technically modify the entries.

For any further information regarding the competition please write to




Prishtina Architecture Tour

Time and Place: 5th of July 2023 from 3PM at Brotherhood & Unity Monument

Join us for the insightful Prishtina Architecture Tour and learn more about Prishtina’s landmarks from the Sultans Mosque to the National Library. Prishtina has a vast architecture history spanning from the Ottoman period presented in the most unique form through some of the oldest Mosques in Europe, up to the Socialist Era and its world unique Brutalist marvels such as the Youth and Sports Center. The architecture tour starts from the Brotherhood & Unity Monument and ends at the National Library.


Turneu Arkitektonik i Prishtinës

Koha dhe Vendi: 5 Korrik 2023 nga ora 15:00, nisja nga monumenti i Bashkim Vllaznimit

Bashkohuni me ne për turneun e vecant të arkitekturës në Prishtinë dhe mësoni më shumë për monumentet e Prishtinës nga Xhamia e Sulltanëve deri tek Biblioteka Kombëtare. Prishtina ka një histori të gjerë arkitekturore që shtrihet nga periudha osmane e paraqitur në formën më unike përmes disa prej xhamive më të vjetra në kontinentin tonë e deri tek epoka socialiste dhe mrekullitë e saj brutaliste të vecanta në botë sikurse Qendra Rinore dhe Sportive. Turi i arkitekturës fillon nga monumenti i Bashkim Vllaznimit dhe përfundon në Bibliotekën Kombëtare.



Nomma Open Studio Visit

Time and Place: 7th of July 2023 from 3PM Nomma Studio

Welcome to NOMMA studio, the vibrant architectural powerhouse rewriting the rules of design from the heart of Pristina. We’re more than architects – we’re audacious innovators, fearlessly redefining the balance between style and substance. Our work cuts a swath across the interior design, blending functionality and aesthetics into breath-taking residential, commercial, and institutional projects.

Our influence isn’t confined by borders – our award-winning creations echo from Southeast and Western Europe, making waves on the global stage. Packed with accolades and spotlighted in top-tier publications, nomma Studio is a creative hub where avant-garde design collides with daring innovation.

Every line we draw, every space we craft, emanates from a team of maverick designers committed to pushing boundaries. At NOMMA studio, we’re not just designing buildings; we’re sparking dialogues, challenging norms, and leaving indelible footprints on the sands of architectural time.


Nomma Open Studio Vizita

Koha dhe Vendi: 7 Korrik 2023 nga 15:00 tek Nomma Studio

Mirë se vini në studio NOMMA, qendra energjike arkitekturore që rishkruan rregullat e dizajnit nga zemra e Prishtinës. Ne jemi më shumë se arkitektë – ne jemi inovatorë të guximshëm, duke ripërcaktuar pa frikë ekuilibrin midis stilit dhe substancës. Puna jonë ndan një brez në dizajnin e brendshëm, duke përfshirë funksionalitetin dhe estetikën në projekte rezidenciale, tregtare dhe institucionale marramendëse.

Ndikimi ynë nuk kufizohet nga kufijtë – krijimet tona të vlerësuara me çmime jehojnë nga Evropa Juglindore dhe Perëndimore, duke bërë valë në skenën globale. I mbushur me vlerësime dhe i vënë në qendër të vëmendjes në botimet e nivelit të lartë, nomma Studio është një qendër krijuese ku dizajni avangardë përplaset me inovacionin e guximshëm.

Çdo linjë që vizatojmë, çdo hapësirë që krijojmë, buron nga një ekip projektuesish të jokonformistë të përkushtuar për të shtyrë kufijtë. Në studion NOMMA, ne nuk jemi vetëm duke projektuar ndërtesa; ne po ndezim dialogë, po sfidojmë normat dhe po lëmë gjurmë të pashlyeshme në rërën e kohës arkitekturore.



Dieform Open Studio Visit

Time and Place: 6th of July 2023, 3PM at Dieform Studio

Dieform is an interdisciplinary research center for experimental architecture, design and contemporary art. It is an experimental space for interdisciplinary collaboration, study and research of [in]formative design solutions: their transient nature, and the ways they relate to everyday functions. It aims to change physical and cultural landscapes of Kosovo cities and beyond by creating socially and environmentally aware solution – from inception to application. We design with people for people- this includes proposing and creating content together with them, as a fully combination between personal desires and professionalism/expertise.


Dieform education aims to provide a range of educational programs covering the fields of Architecture, Design and Arts, with a particular focus on master programs. Its vision is to provide next generations with study experiences which are based on critical thinking, creativity and place-based solutions.


Dieform Open Studio Vizita

Koha dhe Vendi: 6 Korrik 2023 nga ora 15:00 tek Dieform Studio

Dieform studio është një qendër kërkimore ndërdisiplinore për arkitekturën eksperimentale, dizajnin dhe artin bashkëkohor.

Është një hapësirë eksperimentale për bashkëpunim ndërdisiplinor, studim dhe hulumtim të zgjidhjeve të projektimit [in]formativ: natyrës së tyre kalimtare dhe mënyrat se si ato lidhen me funksionet e përditshme.

Synimi është të ndryshohen peizazhet fizike dhe kulturore të qyteteve të Kosovës dhe më gjerë duke krijuar zgjidhje të vetëdijshme shoqërore dhe mjedisore – nga fillimi deri në aplikim.

Ne projektojmë me njerëz për njerëzit – kjo përfshin propozimin dhe krijimin e përmbajtjes së bashku me ta, si një kombinim i plotë midis dëshirave personale dhe profesionalizmit/ekspertizës.


Edukimi Dieform synon të ofrojë një sërë programesh arsimore që mbulojnë fushat e Arkitekturës, Dizajnit dhe Arteve, me fokus të veçantë në programet master. Vizioni i saj është t’u sigurojë gjeneratave të ardhshme përvoja studimore të cilat bazohen në të menduarit kritik, kreativitetin dhe zgjidhjet e bazuara në vend.