Influences of political regime shifts on the urban scene of a capital city case study: Tiran

Bleta, Indrit
On the eve of the twentieth century, the dismembering of old empires brought the formation of many new nation states, therefore of emerging new capitals. Becoming independent in 1912, Albania chose its definitive capital, Tirana, in 1920. Since then, the city has been a showcase of planning and architectural interventions for various regimes that have come in power, and its centre was and still is seen as a possibility to show the political ideals of each. The aim of this study is to examine how this important part of the city was produced, used and transformed in a timespan starting from 1920 until the fall of the People's Socialist Republic in 1991. The spatial analysis of the city's centre and the description of the relations between the main actors of these processes will help us understand the underlying goals for which these representative spaces were designed. On the other hand, comparing its urban elements with those of several coetaneous capitals will locate Tirana among the important planning examples of the time.


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Citation Formats
I. Bleta, “Influences of political regime shifts on the urban scene of a capital city case study: Tiran,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2010.