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MOBILIciTY - Tirana Multimodal Station

The project for the new Intermodal Train Station in Tirana intends to meet the requirement for an overall renewal of the city, in terms of comprehensive revision of the rail and road mobility. The new pole is intended to become the hub of exchanges and therefore to have the ability of connecting both the urban areas and the areas outside the city, in compatibility with the existing railway network. This is why the municipality of Tirana intends to collect all around the world ideas that could respond to the new needs introduced by the city’s current expansion. New ideas to reinterpret existing mobility systems and the relationship between the machines and men.

The presence of such an influential new core within the current urban tissue requires strategic choices that encompass great responsibility, both in terms of reorganization of a major road and railway receptivity. Unlike many European capital cities, where the presence of the railway station already weighs heavily on the central urban contexts, the competition site is located in a completion area, far away from the city centre. One of the problems that the new intermodal system should take into account is the connection with the heart of the city. By establishing easier connections to the main activities and services in the existing urban fabric, the use of new infrastructure at different times of the day will be further improved. The new intermodal centre will not only meet the standard requirements of railway stations, but it will also offer a viable alternative in respect to a functional mix that can best interpret the constant changes taking place in a city like Tirana.

In this context, the dual character that has characterized this topic for centuries becomes a design research tool aimed at finding new ideas that give an answer to this emblematic coexistence. Urban space tends to increasingly metabolize the railway system, which becomes one of the main characters of a mobile city.

Now, after more than a century and a half characterized by a complex relationship, the city has "metabolized" the foreign body by embedding it in its development dynamics. Therefore, now the urban railway stations are not mere infrastructures that support railway transportation, but actual social hubs of the city. In addition to the functions of exchange between different modes of transportation, urban train+public urban transportation, train+car, the contemporary train station acquires new features related to recreational activities, to large scale trade and to services and productive activities (offices). The multi-modal and multi-functional character of the railway station is declined not only in the presence of a demand for public services, but also in a sustainable system that will make the project for Mobilicity a development model for the train station of the future. Nowadays many people go across a train station in order to engage into activities that are not necessarily related to transportation.

Arch. Winy Maas - MVRDV / TU-Delft Holland - Chairman

Winy Maas Prof. Ir. Ing FRIBA HAIA (1959, Schijndel, The Netherlands) is one of the co-founding directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, known for projects such as the Expo 2000 and the vision for greater Paris, Grand Paris Plus Petit. He is furthermore professor at and director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the future city, he founded in 2008 at the University of Technology of Delft. Before this he was among others professor at Berlage Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ohio State and Yale University. In addition he designs stage sets, objects and was curator of Indesem 2007. He is member of the research board of Berlage Institute Rotterdam and supervisor of the Bjorvika urban development in Oslo. Current projects include large scale masterplans for Almere (NL) and Bordeaux (FR), a bank headquarter building in Oslo (NO) and various housing and office projects in Western Europe, USA and Asia. With both MVRDV and The Why Factory he has published a series of research projects. More information at and


Arch. Besnik Aliaj - Polis University

Graduated as Architect-Urban Designer1990, and postgraduate studies in real estate and property evaluation 1994/95 (Polytechnic of Tirana). Master in Urban Management 1996 at Urban Management Center (IHS & Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands). Doctor of Science in Urban Planning 2006 (Polytechnic of Tirana). ‘Docent’ academic title, and in process of receiving the 'Professorship' academic title. Professional trainings and research assignments at IPC College Denmark (1994), University of Oslo (1995), University of Florence, Tempus Program (1998), IVP Program on Urban Environmental Issues, State Department USA (2003), ILD Peru (2006/7). etc. Co-founder, and current Rector of POLIS University, International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies, Tirana Albania. Lecturer of ‘Urban Design’ and ‘Regional Planning’ courses. 16-years as lecturer of Urban Design at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Polytechnic of Tirana, and head of the Urbanism Department 2003/5. Guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts of Tirana (1994-2005); at Polytechnic of Ancona Italy (2008), at Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana (2007/8); at Faculty of Architecture, Darmstadt University, Germany (2007), at Faculty of Architecture, NTUA Greece (2008), at Stockholm Architecture Museum Sweden (2009), and Swiss Architecture Museum Basel Switzerland (2010), at Architecture Centrum, Vienna Austria, and at Bina week Belgrade Serbia, as well as Skopje Architecture week, Macedonia (2011). Solid work experience from local/regional governments up to adviser of Albanian prime-minister on territorial, tourism and property issues (2005-07). “Novelty of Tirana” Award (2004) and “Honorary Citizen” of Kamza Municipality (2006). Elected Municipal Councilor of capital Tirana since 2009 up to date. Extensive consultancy experiences with local institutions, as well as with international organizations in Albania and Kosovo including World Bank, UN and EU agencies, Dutch development agencies, OSCE, Stability Pact, SOROS Foundation, GTZ/GIZ, USAID, ATZ, and with governments of the Netherlands, USA, Austria, Kosovo, etc. Co-founder and Executive Director of Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development (1997-2005), and present day member of the Leading Board. Co-founder of Platforma-IDR, Institute for Democracy and Reforms. Co-owner of architecture studio 'Metro_POLIS' ltd. Participant in many international conferences, events and networks, including ENHR, AESOP, AEEA, Balkanology network, etc. He is author of several publications, scientific articles and local forums, including the Albanian periodical on architecture and urban planning: "Forum A+ P". Member of the board for AKTI National agency for technology and innovation, and government’s “Fund of Excellence” promoting young scientist in Albania.

Arch. Rudina Toto - Polis University

Mrs Rudina Toto has a strong background in urban planning and urbanenvironmental management, both by education and experience. She is a senior expert and head of Policy Research and Advocacy Unit in Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development, and lectures since 6 years at POLIS University. Her academic engagement as a lecturer starts as of 2004, in the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Planning department. Mrs Toto graduated from this faculty in 2000 as an Urban Designer/Planner. During 2002-2004 she attended a full MSc course in the Wageningen University and Research Centre and IHS Erasmus, Rotterdam, the Netherlands and was graduated MSc in Urban Environmental Management. Mrs Toto has 10 years of project/program management experience, working closely with civic society and government institutions. She designed and implemented projects on community planning and informal settlements, city development strategies, spatial and regulatory planning, regional planning and development, territorial information systems, institutional analysis and organizational restructuring for local governments, environmental planning for urban areas and watersheds, feasibility analysis and social and economic assessments, regional/spatial disparities analysis. Since 4 years she is working to strengthen further the policy research and advocacy profile of Co-PLAN, and especially the intertwined interrelationship between Co-PLAN and POLIS University, focusing on the activities of the POLIS Scientific Research Institute. She is leading/guiding the planning research in Co-PLAN, which focuses on the areas of urban and regional planning, environmental management, urban economics and local finance management. She has also given a key contribution in the completion of the secondary legislation for territorial planning in Albania, working closely with the National Territorial Planning Agency. Mrs Toto has represented Co-PLAN in several international events, either presenting its experience or as a keynote speaker. She is [co]author of professional articles, books, and manuals regarding urban development in Albania.

Arch. Ulrike Bega - Municipality of Tirana

Ulrike Bega is principal architect and founder of SymbioticA: office for Architecture, Urban Design - Sustainable Development Strategies, based in Krefeld, Germany and Tirana, Albania. Main recent projects under development are 5 Laboratory & Office Buildings for the National Albanian Food Authority and the Gate of Tirana Building in Tirana. Before establishing her own practice she was heading the Tirana office of 51N4E Architects. Main projects as a project architect have been with 51N4E (Brussels & Tirana): the Skanderbeg Square Implementation Project, Tirana, Albania (2008/11); TID Tower, Tirana, Albania (2007/10), Korca City Center Master Plan competition (2009); with Norman Foster & Partners (London): New Holland Island Development St. Petersburg, Russia (2006/07); Chengdu Airport Competition, Chengdu, China (2006); with the Berlage Institute Alumni Group (Tirana): Grand Lakepark, Tirana, Albania (2004/05); Tirana Metropolis studio (2004) and with James Carpenter Associates (New York) the publication “Environmental Refractions” (2003) and with Archi-tectonics (New York) the "D+L-Loft" and "Greenwich Street Building" in New York, USA (2001/02). Mrs. Bega is trained as an architect (Dipl. Ing. Arch. at RWTH Aachen, Germany 2001) and specialized in urban design (postgraduate studies) at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 2003-2005. She is a regular design studio contract professor at Polis University, Tirana - currently leading this year's Diploma Thesis Class.


Zamir Ramadani - HSH Albanian Railways




Arch. Stephan Pinkau - ANHALT University of Applied Science

Stephan Pinkau Prof. Dipl. Ing. Architekt BDA (1960 Bristol / England) studied Philosophy at LMU Munich and Architecture at TU Berlin and TH Darmstadt, received his Diploma 1998 from TU Berlin and is registered Architect since 1991. He worked with George Miers & Ass. and Prof. Mary Comerio in San Francisco, Prof. Otto Steidle and Peter Lanz in Munich, Prof. Hannelore Deubzer and Juergen Koenig in Berlin. He is co-founder of Landsberg + Pinkau Architects which is based in Berlin. In 1995 he was appointed to Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA. Within his office he works on urban planning and building design projects of various scales. Stephan Pinkau was Guest Professor at Technical University Berlin from 1996-1997. Since 1998, he is Professor at Anhalt University, Dessau, where he holds the position of the Dean of Studies since 2010. Stephan Pinkau is Director of the Dessau Summer School of Architecture program at Anhalt University and head of the DAAD founded program ´Participation by Architecture´.


Arch. Ledian Bregasi - AUA Albanian Union of Architects

Ledian Bregasi is an Albanian architect who graduated in 2010 at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, were he is currently focusing on his PhD program in Architecture Theory and Design. At the moment he is teaching Design Studio III and Information Architecture course at POLIS University in Tirana. Research of the emergence of patterns and network processing of the information, are the main focus of his academic interests.

His professional experience includes collaborations with the local administrations in Tirana and with architecture firms in Italy and Albania. At present he works as an architect at Metropolis Architecture and Planning studio in Tirana. From 2012 he is head of AUA, Albanian Union of Architects and Urban Planners.


Arch. Antonello Stella - Ferrara University

Antonello Stella was born in Legnano (MI) in 1961. He graduates from University of Rome “La Sapienza”, School of Architecture, where he accomplishes his Architectural Design PHd and Improvement Course in Architecture Theory. In 1998 he becomes Teaching Fellow at University of Ferrara, School of Architecture. In 2002 he is named substitute professor in the Interior Design Studio at University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Valle Giulia School of Interior Design. In 1991 he is among the founders of n!studio, in 2002 he is partner of ferrini::stella:;n!studio associated architects. From October 2011 he founded as_architects based in Rome and Ferrara. Projects have been published inside books, monography (2007-2009) and the most relevant architectural magazines, among which Casabella, Domus, Architecture Cree , Detail , Architectural Review, AD, World Architetcure WA(China) ; They have been presented to numerous International Architecture Exhibitions (Venice Biennale 1996, 2000; Milan Triennale 1997, 2003) and have received several awards and recognitions (Inarch Award Lazio 2000 and 2001, Special Price at Medaglia D’Oro for Italian Architecture 2003-2005). He took part to many conferences both in Italian and Foreign Istitutes (Royal Academy of London,Ecole Polytecnique in Losanna, Cornell University in Rome, Polis University of Tirana University of Ascoli, Pescara, Rome and Venice School of Architecture). At the moment the office is busy in various projects and buildings in France, China, Vietnam.


Second Prize



Alda Black

Chris Masicampo


United States of America

Second Prize

SECOND: Fluid Landscapes


Luciano Laffranchini

Paolo Porporato

Monica Naso



Third Prize



Massimiliano Savino

Davide Ravasio

Andrea Baresi




First Mention

Flow Motion


Cityfoerster + DONE!

Martin Sobota

Dannj Avanzi

Davide Prioli

Giorgia Migliarini




Second Mention



Dimitros Kalemis

Armir Shapllo



Third Mention



Hye-Seung Lee

Jinsuk Seo



Fourth Mention

Road of the Ring


Thomas Van Gaver

Julien Hubert




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This competition is closed for other registration, the Deadline was: 2012-07-16