|Country: Kosovo, Location: Prishtina, Project Type: Urban design, Client: Private, Architect: 4M Architecture, Value: Undisclosed, Year: 2005
The Urban Regulating Plan for Qendra1 in Prishtina City Centre was commissioned by the Municipality of Prishtina in January 2005. It puts forward standards to ensure that the future development of the town centre is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
The area of Qendra 1 provides an opportunity to radically transform the entire city centre. A combination of high quality urbanism that responds to its context combined with best practice in sustainable design and construction can reshape the area, improve the quality of life for its inhabitants and provide a catalyst for further regeneration of the Capital city.
Qendra 1 is a challenging site. A lack of rules and regulations as well as poor organising by its main stakeholders has meant that the built environment is generally of a very low Urban quality. Combined with the limited economic base and low income of many residents this has lead to social and economic isolation. The main objective of the Urban Regulating Plan is to provide design guidance and set a framework for future development within the central part of the city.
It would be a touchstone to:
• Create a vibrant and sustainable community
• Unify development proposals to increase the physical coherence of the city centre
• Bring back to life important patterns of historical and cultural heritage, movement flows and traditional architectural typologies
• Improve the perception, image and visual quality of the city centre to be appropriate for a capital city in the 21st century
• Create a city centre for all its citizens
• Provide a high quality of life
• Create, reinforce and consolidate a character and identity for the Capital City
• Achieve a high quality public realm
The development framework put forward in the Urban Regulating Plan is a critical step forward for creating an exciting and widely shared vision for the future of Prishtina - a vision that will ensure that the city responds positively to the Government's growth agenda for the region. It will provide a basis for transformational change in the City Centre, reintroducing Prishtina as a unique location for tourism, as well as business on a European and international level. The framework outlines a comprehensive strategy and key principles, and above all provides a deliverable proposal for the City Centre. It is a great challenge but when achieved will make Qendra 1 and Prishtina a prosperous centre and catalyst for the larger regeneration of Kosova as a newly emergent state.