Rethinking Gjirokastra. Can architecture and city planning stimulate hope and growth for shrinking cities? A Project of the Joint International Ph.D. Program POLIS University, Albania – Ferrara University, Italy. Editors:Prof.Dr. Besnik Aliaj, Dr. Loris Rossi, Dr. Sotir Dhamo OMB Issue Academic & Linguistic Reviewer:Dr. Skënder Luarasi Layout & Design: Besjana Qaja English Editing: Laura Pedata Tirana, December 2021
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. 1. Introduction
2. Interdisciplinary Exchanges
3. Gjirokastra Restauration
[p 10] 1.1 Besnik Aliaj, Sotir Dhamo, Polis University.
Demystifying the concepts of “shrinking cities & urban depopulation”. A theoretical review that could be useful to the case of Gjirokastra, Albania. [p 12] 2 Interdisciplinary Exchanges.
[p 20] 2.1 Besnik Aliaj, Polis University.
A bottom-up visioning process of “Gjirokastra 2030”. [p 22] 2.2 Godiva Rëmbeci, Polis University.
Demographic profile of Gjirokastra region. [p 36] 2.3 Sabine Bauer, Aglaée Deegros
Relations between cities. The importance of relations between cities and their effects on urban development. [p 44] 2.4 Dorina Papa, Polis University.
Aesthetic quality of the historic urban landscape. Historic city image and Townscape tradition. [p 50] 2.5 Skënder Luarasi, Polis University.
Punctuating Gjirokastra’s Modernism. [p 58] 2.6 Sonia Jojic, Polis University.
Sustainable Tourism as enhancer for Branding Gjirokastra. [p 66] 2.7 Erida Curraj, Polis University.
Seeking Production Footprints on Behalf of Innovation, City of Gjirokastra. [p 82] 2.8 Besjana Qaja, Polis University.
Transport Network Impact in Shrinking Cities. The case of Gjirokastra city and rural region. [p 90] 2.9 Gian Andrea Giacobone, Ferrara University.
Driverless transition: the value of autonomous mobility for sustainable urban development. [p 96] 2.10 Alessandro Massarente, Ferrara University.
Dynamic heritage: the case of Havana. [p 102] 3 Gjirokastra Restauration
[p 108] 3.1 Gjirokastra CHwB
To restore a world heritage [p 110] 3.2 Metropolis Studio
Architectural proposal: Reconstruction of the High School “Asim Zeneli” and the surrounding area. [p 194] 3.4 Polis University work group.
An example for the rural area of Gjirokastra. The case of Zagorie territorial and tourism plan. [p 200] 3.5 Llazar Kumaraku, Polis University.
Gjirokastra, new innovative strategies for a traditional city. [p 252] 4 workshop
[p 262] 4.1 Besnik Aliaj, Loris Rossi, Llazar Kumaraku, Polis University.
RETHINKING GJIROKASTRA. Can architecture and city planning stimulate hope and growth for shrinking cities? [p 264] 4.2 Loris Rossi, Laura Pedata, Polis University.
Drawings as a form of knowledge. Re-presenting Gjirokastra.
[p 268] 4.3 Alberto Grando, PhD. researcher, University of Ferrara.
Against the grain. Two theoretical studies for rethinking Gjirokastër. [p 306] 4.4 Dasara Pula, PhD. researcher, POLIS University.
Architecture and the City in the interplay of socio-cultural instances: Gjirokastra in a (Post-) Modern Condition. [p 316] 4.5 Doriana Musaj, PhD. researcher, POLIS University.
Placemaking Gjirokastra. [p 324] 4.6 Eleonora Baccega, PhD. researcher, University of Ferrara.
Covered Embers – The rebirth of Gjirokastra from its ashes. [p 330] 4.7 Endri Duro, PhD. researcher, POLIS University.
Gjirokastër fortress hillside. Geotechnical hazards assessment and stabilization measures as key factors for the fortress preservation. [p 342] 4.8 Ivonne Ortiz Sanchez, PhD. researcher, University of Ferrara.
The city of design and culture. [p 350] 4.9 Luca Lezzerini, PhD. researcher, POLIS University.
Gjirokastra rebirth through distributed retirement houses. [p 360] 4.10 Marco Negri, PhD. researcher, University of Ferrara.
Smart accessibility patterns and shrinking cities: The added value of urban design. [p 370] 4.11 Nicola Tasselli, PhD. researcher, University of Ferrara.
The Gjirokastra Experience. The Art Loop. An urban path to foster the connection between a territory and its cultural identity. [p 378] 4.12 Stefano Romano, PhD. researcher, POLIS University.
The Time Agent. A hypothesis of a possible development of the city of Gjirokastra through a vital connection between buildings, public space and works of art. [p 390] 4.13 Xhoana Kristo, PhD. researcher, POLIS University.
Improving health and well-being in the cities. [p 400] 5 conclusions
[p 416] 5.1 Besnik Aliaj, Sotir Dhamo, Polis University.
Rithinking the “UNESCO City” Gjirokastra, Albania: Can architects and city planning stimulate hope and growth for shrinking cities? [p 418]
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