Europe House Skopje marked its fourth anniversary with a fusion of heritage and a vision of the future, hosting an exhibition and prize-giving ceremony for the “Skopje of the new generation” architectural and urban design contest. This event showcased the talent of young architects contributing to the urban development of Skopje.
The competition saw 12 submissions from 24 budding architects, each presenting plans to rejuvenate various sites within the city. The first prize was awarded to “Lotus 4 Her” by Antonio Grujevski located at Lotus Fountain at City Park Skopje. The second prize was received by Daniela Vasileva, Sara Veleska, and Sara Trajkova for “Reimagining Colorwaves,” centered around Dimitar Vlahov Quay on the Vardar River. The third prize went to Natalie Veleska, Alen Cvetkovski, and Donna Mitrovska for their “SpineX” project, aimed at revitalizing “Plasticharska” Street.
The event was hosted at the Skopje Central Post Office, a site of considerable historical significance, which has been recognized by Europa Nostra as one of Europe’s seven most endangered heritage sites. On the 26th of July, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Skopje’s devastating earthquake, Europa Nostra, in collaboration with the European Investment Bank Institute, called attention to the urgent need for the building’s restoration. This sentiment was reflected in the remarks made by EU Ambassador David Geer, emphasizing the importance of immediate action to preserve this historic edifice.
“Today we stand here in Poshta, probably the most emblematic example of brutalist art; an aesthetics that shaped Skopje’s post-earthquake architectural identity. To recall the cultural legacy that needs to be protected and cherished. Today, Poshta still has no roof and is at an increasing risk of disuse and deterioration. Yet Poshta, to use Sartre’s words, does not accept a defeat! And neither do we. We decided to mark Europe House’s fourth birthday right here. On the Day of Liberation of Skopje. “Ambassador Geer remarked.
Minister of Culture, Ms. Bisera Kostadinovska-Stojchevska, spoke about the competition’s broader cultural impact. “This competition transcends mere architectural designs; it’s a canvas where our cultural heritage and modern aspirations converge,” she stated.
The competition Skopje of the new generation was evaluated by a jury of 5 members from all five architectural faculties in Skopje, (International Balkan University, University American College Skopje (UACS), MIT University, Faculty of Social Sciences (FON) and University “St. Cyril and Methodius” Skopje). Prof. Dr. Bojan Karnakov, on the behalf of jury explained that: “The main goal of the Competition is to inspire innovative ideas for architectural and urban design that would enhance the sense of community in public spaces of parts of the city etched in the collective memory of Skopje, where young architects up to the age of 35 were to focus on rethinking and redecorating parts of the city, in order to create a sustainable and inclusive environment.”
The winning project “Lotus 4 her”, made by young Architect Antonio Grujevski, represents a visionary landscape and restoration project aimed at enhancing green sustainability within Skopje’s urban fabric while paying homage to the pioneering women architects who played a pivotal role in the city’s post-earthquake reconstruction in 1963. In his acceptance speech, Grujevski reflected, “Receiving this award is not just a personal achievement but a validation of a dream for Skopje – a dream where architecture is not just about buildings, but about creating sustainable, vibrant spaces for communities to thrive.”
The exhibition in Central Poshta, will be open to the public for the next three days, from Tuesday to Thursday, between 12:00 to 15:00.
On 13 November, starting at 18:30 in Skopje’s Central Post Office, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Skopje earthquake, Europe House will host the inspiring architectural exhibition that emerged from the “Skopje of the New Generation” competition. The exhibition will be officially opened by Ambassador David Geer, who will also announce the winners of the competition.
The application phase produced excellent innovative architectural proposals, with each one representing an opportunity for a step towards a more inclusive and revitalised city, as well as opportunities for the modernisation of Skopje. We are positively surprised by the quality and creativity of the young architects, as the vision we received from the proposals is truly inspiring and gives hope for the future of the city.
This exhibition will be of an open nature and will take place in front of the counters at Skopje Central Post Office. All those who will be unable to attend the main event will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition over the following three days, from 14 to 16 November between 12:00 and 15:00.
Let’s celebrate 13 November, the day of the city, as well as the fourth birthday of Europe House Skopje!
See you there!
Event: Architectural Exhibition “Skopje of the New Generation”
Marking 60 years since the devastating earthquake in Skopje, Europe House is pleased to announce the architectural competition “Skopje of the New Generation.” We invite young architects and urban planners to bring fresh ideas for transforming Skopje into a more inclusive and accessible city. This is not just a design contest but also a mission to improve neglected spaces and better the city for all.
Revitalize Skopje: This competition offers the chance to breathe new life into old and forgotten areas of the city.
Win Cash Prizes: Contribute to the city’s architecture and also stand a chance to win up to €1,500.
Gain Recognition: Your work will be reviewed by a panel of experts from top universities and organizations, offering you an opportunity for professional recognition.
Who Will Judge?
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from prestigious educational institutions such as the International Balkan University, University American College Skopje (UACS), MIT University, Faculty of Social Sciences (FON), and the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. All entries will remain anonymous, ensuring a fair and equal opportunity for all participants.
Application Start: September 4, 2023
Application Deadline: October 22, 2023
Question Deadline: September 18, 2023 (with answers to be published on September 25)
Awards Ceremony and Exhibition: November 13, 2023
How to Apply:
If you have questions about the competition, submit them via email at email@example.com until September 18. Answers willbe published on September 25. Detailed competition guidelines are available for download below this text, in Macedonian, Albanian, and English.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of Skopje’s future. Let’s work together to create a city that future generations will be proud to call home.
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Debar, Park in front of Cultural Centre Debar, 09 – 10 June 2023
Friday, 09 June 2023
Short MK film: Solo Mode, Director Tamara Kotevska, 30min
HIVE (84 min, Kosovo, Switzerland, Albania, North Macedonia, 2021)
Plot: Like many women in Kosovo, Fahrije is hoping for news about her husband, who is still missing seven years after the war. Widows are not expected to work, but she has to provide for her family and joins forces with other widows to start a business producing ajvar. This is even though the community already condemns her for daring to drive. The film was inspired by the true story of Fahrije Hoti.
Awards: 2021 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award and the Directing Award
Talk withValdeta Ismaili, Actress
Topic: Mother’s love, women and their role in the patriarchal society
Veles, Amphitheatre, Youth Park, 16 – 17 June 2023
Friday, 16 June 2023
Short MK film: Blue Hour, Director Ana Jakimska, 19 min.
ANOTHER ROUND (117 min, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, 2020)
Plot:Martin is a high-school teacher who feels old and tired. His students and their parents want him terminated to increase their average. Encouraged by the per mille theory, Martin and his three colleagues throw themselves into an experiment to maintain a constant alcohol impact in everyday life. The result is positive in the beginning. Martin’s class is in a different way now, and the project is being promoted to a real academic study with the collection of results. Slowly but surely, the alcohol makes the four friends and their surroundings loosen up. The results are rising, and they really begin to feel life. As the objects go inboard, the experiment progresses for some and goes off track for others. It becomes clearer and clearer that alcohol can generate great results in world history, but that all daring can also have consequences.
Awards: 2021 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
Talk with Marija Lukarevska, film critic
Topic: Alcohol, friendship, experiment
Moderator: Petra Brankovska, Gledaj.mk
Saturday, 17 June 2023
Short MK film: Same, Director Ferdi Jajai, 09.30 min.
THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (128 min, Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark, 2021)
Plot: The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.
Awards: 2022 Academy Award Nomination for Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay
Talk with Alek Vasilevski, filmologistdirector, Cinemateque
Topic: Love, career, finding the true self
Moderator: Petra Brankovska, Gledaj.mk
Bitola, Europe House (Plateau Army Hall, 22 – 23 June 2023)
Friday, 23 June 2023
Short MK film: Tina’s Problem, Director Radovan Petrovic, 15min.
FABIAN: GOING TO THE DOGS (176 min, Germany, 2021)
Plot: Berlin, 1931. A milieu between sublets and the underworld, where brothels are artists’ studios, Nazis are yelling abuse in the streets and Babelsberg is dreaming of producing “psychological cinema”. Life is surging, society is fermenting and corroding. As long as he still has a job, Jakob Fabian, who has a doctorate in German studies, writes advertising copy during the day and frequents the city’s more outlandish establishments with Stephan Labude at night. While his friend – who later confesses to having failed “in the subjects of life and profession” – is a go-getter when it comes to communism and sex, Fabian remains sober and distant. Without really believing in it, he is waiting for the “victory of decency”. His love for Cornelia is the only thing that makes him question his ironic fatalism. She becomes a ray of hope in his crumbling existence.
Awards: 2021 Berlin International Film Festival nomination for Golden Bear Award
Talk with Elena Ristevska, Contracadar
Topic: Effect of corroding societies on human life
Moderator: Bojan Stanic, Contracadar
Saturday, 24 June 2023
Short MK film: Wigs, Director Angela Dimeska, 14 min.
I’M YOUR MAN (108 min, Germany, 2021)
Plot: In order to obtain research funds for her studies, a scientist accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment: for three weeks, she is to live with a humanoid robot, created to make her happy.
Awards: 2021 Berlin International Film Festival nomination for Golden Bear Award and Silver Bear Award for best acting performance
Talk with Blagica Dimitrova, Contracadar
Topic: Life aspirations, artificial intelligence, happiness