Register: AUG/31/2019, Submit: SEP/08/2019, Eligibility: Students, architects, engineers, planners, designers; individually, (multidisciplinary) teams up to 5 members, Fee: 50 EUR (until JUN/30/2019), 75 EUR (JUL/01 – JUL/25/2019), 100 EUR (JUL/26 – AUG/31/2019), Awards: 1st Prize: 1,000 EUR, 2nd Prize: 400 EUR, 3rd Prize: 250 EUR, 5 Honorable Mentions
The Farka Lake (Liqeni i Farkës) is an artificial lake in the southeast part of Tirana, Albania, 9.6 km away from the city center. With a dimension of 75 hectares (more significant than the Artificial Lake of Tirana), Liqeni I Farkës is one of the leading environmental systems of the capital of Albania. Despite its importance, either from an ecological, social, or spatial point view, today the future of this basin is still uncertain. Outside political pressures, uncontrolled sprawl of the urban fabric, and the anxiety of collecting ‘free space’ in an area that is continuously increasing its land value are just some of the factors that are menacing its equilibrium. Watching the Lake from above it is easy to spot the hectic development situation of the Tirana. Luxury residences – imagined as gated communities for wealthy people – are fastly growing seamlessly with rural settlements and low-rise informal patterns.