Open Lecture: Skanderbeg Square with Mr. Guust Selhorst by Young Architects Club

April 18th, 2017

Open Lecture: Skanderbeg Square  with Mr. Guust Selhorst by Young Architects Club

Open Lecture: Skanderbeg Square with Mr. Guust Selhorst by Young Architects Club

On April 18, 2017, Young Architects Club in collaboration with Architecture Department organized an Open Forum with a special guest: Mr. Guust Selhorst, an architect and urban designer from Belgium. Mr. Guust is part of the Belgian office “51N4E” which is currently dealing with the revitalization of the Scanderbeg Square, which was also the topic of this forum. This project has raised many questions whether it is a good or bad decision.

At first, our guest showed some historical phases of Tirana and the changes that have occurred during these years. Then, he introduced the students with the project concept, where an important element are the stones collected from different places of Albania, which form a large square mosaic at a crucial point of Tirana. Furthermore, Mr. Guust went through details of the project, like the underground parking which has a capacity of 300 cars and it is 2-floors high. Also, he explained in the section how the slope in the pyramid-like proposal integrated with the parking ceiling.

After the presentation, students started a debate with questions and answers with Mr. Guust. So basically, not only Architecture students but also Civil Engineering students who were present there, found this topic quite interesting because it involved the presentation of a project which affect them directly since they will be the ones to use it. Mr. Guust also shared some of his experience, the problems that he faced during a major urban project like Scanderbeg Square, which helps the students prepare for their future work life.