Initially located in the very central urban core of Tirana, at a later stage POLIS decided to move into its own new modern premises just in the middle of the most rapidly-growing metropolitan corridor connecting Tirana with its International Airport and the main Albanian Port City of Durres.
A participatory team of staff and students designed and supervised the implementation of the main buildings. The campus represents an excellent example of contemporary architecture with public spaces and green, sport, parking facilities. The project concerned the adaptation of existing industrial structures, as well as the addition of innovative structural, environmental and energy efficiency strategies. The unique interiors are carefully designed and full of light and transparency.
The university campus is located 5 km from the city center and has its own free “shuttle bus services” 08.00 mornings and 18.00 evenings, not to mention several very economic public-transportation means during the day. The university promotes walking, biking and “car-sharing” practices. The campus is open 24 hours / 7 days / throughout the year, for its own students and staff. POLIS is a smoking-free area and free wireless internet service is also available. Cultural, social and sport facilities make it also accessible for outsiders, families, friends and guests. The ratio “m2 per student” is the highest in Albania at 1:12.
Polis University is a strategic partner of Tirana Municipality (www.tirana.gov.al) for the cultural and intellectual life of Tirana. POLIS organizes serious international activities like: “TAW, Tirana Architecture Weeks”, “TDW Tirana Design Weeks” or supports “TICAB - Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennale” , “48 Hours Film Project” and “International Animated Film Festival of Shkodra” etc.
Moreover the “AUA, Albanian Union of Architects and Urban Planners” headquarter offices are located close to POLIS. The University has the most specialized library in Albania in the field of Contemporary Arts, Architecture and Sciences of the City. Students and staff often organize public performances, social activities or “urban provocation” events in the city. U_POLIS, periodically plans the calendar for the exhibitions of students of architecture, art – design, young professionals and also artists and international guests through “MAD Center & Gallery” or “Arch-House”
Beside interesting publications which can be found in “Bookstore, TEG” and “Adrion Intl. Library”, U_POLIS publishes the Periodic Scientific Magazine focused on Architecture and Urban Planning named “Forum A+P”. During the year POLIS University also organizes professional and intellectual weekly events, called “Open Forums”, or film projections in “Cine_POLIS”. U_POLIS runs summer schools, international workshops and conferences. Initiatives like “Walking the City”, Social clubs “Book + Tea” or “GooGoats” are an attraction not only for the local community, but also for visitors.
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