November 26th, 2013
On 25th November, 2013 Maks Velo, the well-known architect, painter and publicist was part of an Open Forum with the students of the Architecture Department at Epoka University. Invited by the students themselves, the ArkiSpace club members, Mr. Velo explained thoroughly the current problems in the field of architecture and urbanism.
During his speech he tried to stress the need for the awareness of the new generation of architects, who will be responsible (or not) for the continuation of the issues that Albania has today in Urban Planning. According to Mr. Velo, the panoramic view that overcomes Albania today, with 400 000 illegal buildings is a topic that should not be ignored. He also stressed the difference that characterizes the field of architecture compared to the other disciplines. According Mr. Velo, it is indeed the consciousness that should be taken under consideration by the architects in the Albanian actuality when designing and planning.
He also discussed about the steps that a new-architect-to-be should undertake. The most important of these is that an architect should be excellent as an artist; therefore not only having the skills to sketch; an architect must have knowledge and should be willing to pursue all the disciplines of art. Another topic that was stressed out was the absence of scientific texts and researches in the field of architecture, urbanism and technology. He asked from the students the assurance that they would be a “guarantee” of change and increased awareness of the current generation.
After the Open Forum with the students, which lasted about an hour, Mr. Velo opened a personal exhibition of architectural sketches in the Architecture Department Building’s environment. He also donated his sketch book “Drawings on Albanian Architecture” to all the students, by being generous enough to sign autographs for them.
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