Reflections on Tirana’s urban identity

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This article examines the concept of identity related to public places. In post socialist cities, the rush of urban development signed the loss of peculiar characters of places and of what Pierre Nora called lieux de mémoire. The Albanian concept and perception of urban public space have undergone through radical transformations which have affected the identity of the place neglecting and sometimes canceling it and the process of place making. The paper discusses the effect that recent projects have had on the memory and the tradition of public places. The aim is to look at the local level for various forms and manifestations of elements of urban identities. In this perspective, the paper tries to rebuild the evolution of public places of Tirana to understand the past transformation phenomena and the ones in progress, identifying the specific features of places such as morphological identity, uses and culture. It argues that development of amnesia in urban space was intentional and proposes guidelines for future developments. Keywords: memory, place, amnesia, identity, tradition
Book of proceedings: 35th AESOP Annual Congress Integrated planning in a world of turbulence, Łódź, 11-15th July, 2023
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