Saimir Kristo

Polis University

International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies

P03 | OIKOPOLIS | Generative process: From cell to organism

by Saimir Kristo 

The presented thesis project will have as a purpose to analyse and interpret in depth the molecules of the city of Tirana and as a conclusion to give us the possibility to create a new gene in which we will be able to propose a new solution, one area or a specific organ of the city, to be used for its whole analysis and re-organization. This technique is analogous to the one that a virus uses to penetrate into an organism, to analyze it, find its more beneficial point to be installed and after that to duplicate and multiply itself, spreading and taking control of the whole organism. After this 'gene' is determined and applied in urban scale, the architectural scale, the method on which this whole analysis will be translated and interpreted, will be an information architecture paradigm. So the tool that will be used to create the architectural solution will be a metamorphosis of the numerical and visual data into an architectural program in terms of structural synthesis, application and model.


Saimir Kristo  is an architect and an urban designer from Tirana, Albania. He graduated in 2011 from the International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies at Polis University. During his studies in architecture he showed a particular interest in information architecture and he dedicated his thesis study into Space Syntax in his project titled "_Oikopolis – Generative Process / From Cell to Organism." He has being involved in architecture and interior architecture projects in Albania with [Studio] , an independent architecture and design practice he co-founded in 2009. In 2010 he continued his practice in Studio SymbioticA. His has also been involved in community participative projects in the city of Fier, titled "Urban Design for Community" as well as in the organization of the 4th Biennale of Arts and Architecture in 2009 at Tirana. He is the group coordinator in the General Master Plan of the Municipality of Burrel in Albania, made in collaboration between Polis University and the Municipality of Burrel. Since 2011 he is a member of the academic staff at Polis University and also an architect at Metropolis Ltd. , office for architecture and urban design.