Pikark aims to encourage creativity not only in concept but also in real life by aiming to bring into the market the concepts of local architects in industrialized form ready to be used in our projects. The path to this goal, started with a great collaboration between Polis University and Abiesse, where students of Polis under the request and support of the technial team of Abiesse, were requested to design a product to be ready to use. A challenging but also fruitful experience being concretized in a variety of concepts, where some of these concepts were developed up to all components. This can bring a real product to our market, and maybe a ready-made product to implement in our projects and use in our homes.
An assignment full of light!
Partnerships between academia and industry in Albania as an urgent need in order for enterprises to develop in the future.
By Dr.Joana Dhiamandi
Academia and industry share a symbiotic relationship. Academia educates graduate professionals as key players who can develop the future of the industry. Research at universities is valued by the industry and are transformed into innovative products and contemporary services. Industry on the other hand asks academia for solutions to user needs as a result of their relationship with the consumer. In this relationship, universities’ and academics’ are required to ‘“tailor”’ their curricula to the demands of the prospective industry in order to educate a new generation of professionals. Often new research topics arise from the interaction between this duality of relationships taking advantage of both academia and industry.
Therefore, the latter should fund research that requires the engagement of academics in universities, which in the future may be operationalized in the service of the market. This would require subsidizing and supporting universities with laboratories, scholarships dedicated to researchers, and raising strategic topics at the national or local level by assigning priority areas to academia in the service of the industry.
Certainly such a link between academia and industry in Albania would not be easy, as the market is still not well organized and would require an interdisciplinary approach by engaging a specialized group of professionals to understand and answer this complex issue.
Following this methodology, POLIS University is an innovative think tank for professionals in urban planning and management and environmental studies, architecture and civil engineering, design and information technology, within the subject “Industrial Graphic Design ” led by specialized professors in this field; Dr. Joana Dhiamandi, Gjergji Poci and Kristiana Meço developed a collaboration with the relevant company on the domestic industrial market in the field of lighting design ABIESSE and PIK.ark by engaging all the experts of this group.
The purpose of this collaboration is to consolidate this symbiotic relationship between important actors of academia and industry. This relationship through the process of interdisciplinary design has engaged students of the Master in Applied Design as well as the Master in Architecture and Urban Design to study the concept of natural and artificial light at the crossroads of three scientific fields such as; technology, creativity and market demands.
The purpose of the assignment is for students to have an academic-technological approach, in relation to the production process of a lighting product with a personalized approach to promote the final product. During this design task, there was interaction not only between engaged experts but also through the treatment and study of all basic and physical elements of light, lighting technologies, digital media, context, human factors and interdisciplinary design methods.