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Korça City Centre Masterplan, Korça, Albania 
Tuesday 28 Jul 2009
 
A Valley of change 
 
© BOLLES+WILSON 
 
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14/01/12 mikel, korca
i don't think that this is the best masterplan for my city...if you were from korca you'd know why...it's because we want to preserve our tradition...korca is not a city where you can build skyscrapers...it's a medieval city and in its historical centre, it is The Cathedral that should be the highest point...we cant pretend to make everything in our mood because there are things too important to preserve...thank you...
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07/12/11 ola aburayyan, jordan
hey its ola ...student architect
can you get me urban plan for this project i get korca city center to my study to learn how i can be a planer architecture so i hope if you can help me
 

Korça City Centre Masterplan awarded to Bolles + Wilson 

BOLLES+WILSON have been pronounced winner of the competition for the new Korça City Centre Masterplan. The international two-stage competition was decided in favour of the Münster based office for its concept of 'Scenograpic Urbanism', a choreographing of new buildings and public spaces which pays close attention to the existing grains and potentials of this small but spatially complex city.

Surrounded by dramatic mountains and a wide arcadian valley, Korça is a region of 360,000 inhabitants. BOLLES+WILSON identified five zones for the revitalisation of the 197,000 sq m city centre.

Cathedral Square, the first zone, is planned three steps above the street and framed by café pergolas, an optical filter between traffic and event space. A large stage left of the cathedral and a smaller stage to the right facilitate a wide variety of events. Curved paving stripes echo the Cathedral geometry and serve to discipline market stands.

A new 'Vertical Mall' will become a figure in the skyline presiding over the Theatre Square. A new commercial strip will extend from here to the Bazaar via new shopping/housing blocks and a new Bus Station Roof – a Farmers-market platform. This, the second of the five zones, creates a new commercial hub in downtown Korça.

The third zone is rescripted as a 'Cultural promenade', a semi-pedestrian connection between Cathedral and downtown Mall. Here a number of significant buildings such as the 'Education Museum' are extended out into the tree-lined, shady and café-filled Promenade as a carpet-like patterned paving, a choreographed sequence of 'Patterned Squares – Urban Living Rooms'.

The fourth zone revitalises a villa zone. In order not to overwhelm the delicate historic scale of Korça a 'Patchwork Strategy' is invented - new buildings are paired with restored existing villas to form 'Development Islands' with a shared economic benefit.

The final zone of the Masterplan is the 'Enlarged Park' ('green heart'). Here a new triangular-block frames the park edge and by the sale of public land for private development finances the upgrading of the park itself. An 'Active Edge' mediates between park and surrounding city – Prismic Pavilions on wooden decks attracting cafes and individual user groups such as Youth Club, Kindergarten, Kadare Literature Club etc.

The plans will be developed and legalised by December 2009.

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