Urban design, ideology, and power: use of the central square in Tirana during one century of political transformations

Pojani, Dorina (2014) Urban design, ideology, and power: use of the central square in Tirana during one century of political transformations. Planning Perspectives, 30 1: 67-94. doi:10.1080/02665433.2014.896747

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Author Pojani, Dorina
Title Urban design, ideology, and power: use of the central square in Tirana during one century of political transformations
Journal name Planning Perspectives   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-5433
1466-4518
Publication date 2014-04-09
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02665433.2014.896747
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 67
End page 94
Total pages 28
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article recounts the history of urban design in the centre of Tirana, the capital of Albania, during five political periods (Ottoman Empire, Italian domination, communist regime, post-communist anarchy, and Western-style planning). Starting in the 1910s, successive governments have imposed their urban design visions for a grand city centre and tried to erase the built heritage of their predecessors, thus creating an eclectic space. In the post-communist era, the city government has made attempts to develop a new grand vision for its use but has met with failure. The author argues that the reasons for this outcome lay in the contemporary nature of the state, as well as the nature of development in a market economy.
Keyword City centres
Public space
Monumentality
Totalitarianism
Tirana
Albania
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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