Defence, identity, and urban form: the extreme case of Gjirokastra

Mezinia, Ledita and Pojani, Dorina (2014) Defence, identity, and urban form: the extreme case of Gjirokastra. Planning Perspectives, 30 3: 397-428. doi:10.1080/02665433.2014.943267

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Author Mezinia, Ledita
Pojani, Dorina
Title Defence, identity, and urban form: the extreme case of Gjirokastra
Journal name Planning Perspectives   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-5433
Publication date 2014-09-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02665433.2014.943267
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 30
Issue 3
Start page 397
End page 428
Total pages 33
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Gjirokastra, a century-old small city in southern Albania (now a UNESCO World Heritage site), provides an outstanding example of a Classical and Late Ottoman urban centre. At the same time, it is a special example of urban and architectural design based on self-defence by individual family units. Through an excursion of Gjirokastra's residential neighbourhoods, this article discusses how defence concerns guided its urban morphology and building typology until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The idea of war, feuds, and fear has pervaded the residents' self-identity for centuries. The military character of their houses owes much to the local ‘warrior’ mentality that prevailed in times of war and peace.
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