Tirana sits in a bowl shaped by the mountains which surround the city. From Tirana, a valley declines slowly towards the coast of Durrës, opening into a larger plain. The entire Durana region, as the urban corridor connecting Tirana to Durres is nowadays called, is defined by strong infrastructural and natural lines running through it – the road, the railway and the Tirana river – and framed by geographical elements – mountains, hills and (artificial) lakes. As such, Durana presents itself as a canvas of disconnected ecologies – the urban hills, the foothill villages, the linear city in formation, the industrial strip, the inhabited agricultural plain and the river shores.
The project considers the whole bandwidth of the valley – from the hills to the river – giving a new meaning to the territorial lines crossing it. Rather than performing as pure infrastructure, the road, the railway and the rivers are opened up towards the new city. The expressway is turned into a permeable urban road, the outdated Tirana-Durrës railway is transformed into a metropolitan light railway while the border of the Tirana river becomes a linear park.
The project aims to structure a new urban network through a series of connecting paths and collective spaces of different entity and size, able to bring a new public life to Durana. Our proposal investigates three case studies, which starts from the three artificial lakes and connects the Durana different ecologies. These paths, which run transversal to the valley, propose a new direction of development through a series of punctual operations on the existing urban tissue. Detecting specific points and increasing their public quality, providing new connections and repairing old ones are the basic operations which allow the Durana linear development to open up into a proper urban entity, forcing on it a new mental and physical network.
Zooming-in to the architectural scale, the project proposes three pilot interventions – a market canopy as civic infrastructure, an open pavilion as a shared facility and the lake as a playground –in order to test the potential of a city which is already there but needs to be activated.

Client: Atelier Albania, ADF (Albania Development Fund) / Project team : Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, ArchiSpace Studio, Mobility in Chain, Stefano Graziani, Carlotta Capobianco, Yellowoffice

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Piovenefabi is a milanese architectural office founded in 2013 by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene, based in Milan and Brussels. The office works nationally and internationally in the fields of architecture, urban research, territorial visions and design.

Ambra Fabi studied in Mendrisio and Paris Belleville. She worked at Architeckturbüro Peter Zumthor und Partner and then as a freelance architect in Milan. She has been teaching assistant in Mendrisio (CH) and professor at IED Cagliari and KU Leuven Sint Lucas Brussels. She is currently teaching at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.

Giovanni Piovene studied in Venice and Paris Belleville. He co-founded the office Salottobuono and San Rocco magazine. He has been teaching assistant in Mendrisio and EPFL and professor at ISIA Urbino. He is currently teaching at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.

Collaborators: Antonello Calabrese, Sellua Di Ceglie, Damiano Finetti, Marco Antonio Ghetti, Juliane Seehawer, Costanza Zeni.


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During the final days of Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa 2019, a three-day programme of architecture conferences focused on the themes of the main exhibitions conceived for The Poetics of Reason.
The conference about "What is ornament?", moderated by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene, took place on 30 November 2019 at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and featured lectures by Sam Jacob ( Sam Jacob Studio ), Konstantinos Pantazis (Point Supreme ) and Matilde Cassani.

You can watch the full conference at the following links


What is ornament at TALK TALK TALK

We are delighted to announce What is Ornament?, a book curated by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene and published by Polígrafa Ediciones Barcelona.
What is ornament? is a question which doesn’t need definitive answers but instead prompts a series of possible discussions. The book is organized as a reader: a collection of contributions, ranging from Vitruvius to the current day dealing, in different ways with the debate around ornament. The reader is the theoretical complement of the homonym exhibition, part of the 5th Lisbon Architecture Triennale ‘The Poetics of Reason’.

To order for a bookshop or as an individual: orders@artbooks.es
More info at https://www.trienaldelisboa.com/publications/what-is-ornament-en

'What is ornament?' The book

You are all invited to join us next friday (4/10/19) at Culturgest - Fundação CGD for the opening of "What is ornament?", the exhibition curated by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene for Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa 2019 - The poetics of reason.
The exhibition aims to reconfigure the discussion about ornament, particularly focusing on its current appropriation and interpretation. How can ornament be reconsidered today as an integral part of architecture? What is its impact and its value? Can we still talk about ornament as a quantitative or qualitative option? "What is Ornament?" is an attempt to look for open answers.

More info at:

What is ornament? - Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019

We are very happy to announce Design Balneare, a workshop in the context of Made Labs in Siracusa (Italy) 29/7 – 3/8.

More on www.madelabs.it or... Apply Here!

Design Balneare

Metrò Lamp is featured on the #388 issue of M, Le Monde's magazine.

M, le magazine du Monde

As part of the Divisare box set NEW ARCHITECTS 2 - MILAN, HALF OBJECT HALF ARCHITECTURE is finally out!

Half Object Half Architecture

Metrò Lamp is featured on the October issue of Elle Decor Italia.

Elle Decor

Our work is featured in AD Collector #18.

AD Collectors

Our furniture pieces realized for Chicago Architecture Biennale 2017 will be produced by Maniera and presented for the first time in Milan, during the Design Week. Maniera 14 & 17: Productora / Columbus Table + Piovenefabi / Metrò. ALCOVA, 17 – 22 April 2018, 11 am – 7 pm.
Photographs by Giovanna Silva.

MDW.3 Maniera

We have designed the Nanban temporary store for the Milano Design Week 2018. The project synthesizes the symbolic icon of all Japanese cities: the kiosk. Alcova, Via Popoli Uniti 11/13, April 17-22 2018.

MDW.2 Nanban

In the frame of the Milano Design Week 2018 we will present Comodo, a small table designed and produced for Silipol Studies n.3, a project by Mariotti Fulget. Opening: Tuesday April 17, Via Pietro Maroncelli 14, 7–11PM

MDW.1 Mariotti Fulget

Piovenefabi has been featured among the 100 talents of 2018 in the design world on Icon Design, March Issue 2018.

Icon Design