Urban Regeneration of Underused Industrial Sites in Albania
Boriana Golgota Vrusho, PhD. (Author) – Architect, Chief of Applications Review Department, Directory of Territorial Development Control, Municipality of Tirana, Albania
Series: Urban Development and Infrastructure
Industrial heritage can be considered a significant asset of modern civilization, predominately epitomizing the living patrimony of industrialization processes. Notwithstanding, it represents today under-valuated heritages, the result of massive industrial site closures due to political and economic changes through the years.
This book focuses on the recognition of underused Albanian industrial sites, mostly built during the communist period, and proposals for potential regeneration models, based on successful international examples. The majority of Albanian degraded sites are deemed as an objective of high priority from central government and municipalities, taking in consideration their large areas and good possibilities of these “silent” assets redevelopment, having the opportunity to become the promotors of the development of cities. The book follows with a descriptive analysis of international positive cases, reflecting how these interventions can be appropriately applied for Albanian cases. Consistent reuse methodologies have been proposed based on three pillars: economic and urban, environmental and heritage. Finally, the book presents a general conclusion for practical applications of the above-mentioned methodologies, as a positive approach to promote sites revitalization and promotion at a national and international level.