Pazar i Ri, Government Claims AADF Project as Its Own

Pazar i Ri, Government Claims AADF Project as Its Own

On March 14, during the inauguration of the Pazar i Ri (New Bazaar) in Tirana, Prime Minister Edi Rama “forgot” to mention that the initiator and main investor of the urban regeneration project was not the government, but the Albanian–American Development Foundation (AADF). Prime Minister Rama, who turned the opening into a premature election rally, only […]

The Sail That Buries Its Heritage

The Sail That Buries Its Heritage

Hospitality and enthusiasm in the peaceful shores When the Prussian Cavalry officer Wilhelm von Wied and his convoy entered the bay of Durrës, traveling in a yacht offered by the Austrian Admiralty, at midday of March 7, they were amazed by what they saw: in front of them on the mainland, underneath the hill, small houses with […]

Veliera Project in Durrës Halted after Archeological Finds

Veliera Project in Durrës Halted after Archeological Finds

The construction work for the urban requalification project “Veliera” in Durrës have been temporarily halted, after the foundations of a centuries-old building were discovered, as well as an antique cannon and a cannon ball. A video published today by Nisma #Thurje shows that the Regional Directorate of National Culture (DRKK) has started excavations on the square […]

Urban Requalification in Durrës, 40% of 2017 Budget, Ancient Heritage under Threat

Urban Requalification in Durrës, 40% of 2017 Budget, Ancient Heritage under Threat

Since November 2016, the Municipality of Durrës has started to implement a landmark urban requalification project called the “Veliera Square,” adjacent to the Durrës beachfront promenade and the Venetian Tower. Centerpiece of the project is a giant 2,400 square meter “sail” made from concrete. Just like the reconstruction of Skënderbeg Square in Tirana, this project was […]

Gjirokastra Bypass In Breach of Tender, Destroys Cultural Monuments

Gjirokastra Bypass In Breach of Tender, Destroys Cultural Monuments

On November 10, 2015, Atelier Albania, the National Territorial Planning Agency (AKPT), and the Ministry of Culture launched the international architectural competition “Design of a Bypass Road in the UNESCO Protected City of Gjirokastra.” Gjirokastra is built on a site with archeological evidence showing habitation dating back to the early medieval period, and the best preserved […]

Behind the Himara Promenade – Exit Explains

Behind the Himara Promenade – Exit Explains

On Monday the inhabitants of Himara, a village along the Albanian Riviera, organized a protest against the destruction of 19 homes in the context of the urban masterplan, allegedly to make way for a new boulevard. All families were served eviction notices to leave their properties within five days. The fact that both sides within […]