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Old December 17th, 2008, 12:42 PM   #41
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Some of the buildings look a lot like German architecture. But I ask myself whether there is such ademand there in Tirana...? Although the projects are great. And this was a really fine job you did with this thread!
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Old December 17th, 2008, 01:06 PM   #42
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Underground

Good to see that Tirana is moving forwards (and upwards). But buildings alone won't make it a better city. Are there any plans for a new infrastructure, as in an underground, more trains... I think transport (slow trains, little motorways, no straight connections with qarks like DibŰr) is a mayor problem in modern Albania. An underground that connects the centre of Tirana with its suburbs would be a good start.
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Old December 17th, 2008, 02:03 PM   #43
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Good to see that Tirana is moving forwards (and upwards). But buildings alone won't make it a better city. Are there any plans for a new infrastructure, as in an underground, more trains... I think transport (slow trains, little motorways, no straight connections with qarks like DibŰr) is a mayor problem in modern Albania. An underground that connects the centre of Tirana with its suburbs would be a good start.
That would NOT be a good start since there are cheaper ways to get first class transportation that is more affordabel. Like trains that pass the centre in tunnels and then on street level outside the centre...
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Old December 17th, 2008, 02:26 PM   #44
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Like trains that pass the centre in tunnels and then on street level outside the centre...
Well, that's what I mean. Most "underground" systems are on street level or even higher outside a city centre. So, still a good start, I quess. Undergrounds are efficient en do not disturb the streetlife in the centre, as tramways, trolleybuses or lightrails do.

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Old December 19th, 2008, 07:14 PM   #45
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Some of the buildings look a lot like German architecture. But I ask myself whether there is such ademand there in Tirana...? Although the projects are great. And this was a really fine job you did with this thread!
Of course.
Tirana is the fastest growing city in the region and it has been that way for the last few years. The city under the helm of world reknown mayor Edi Rama is experiencing an architectural revolution. Europe's best architects are continuously developing projects for the city.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #46
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Good to see that Tirana is moving forwards (and upwards). But buildings alone won't make it a better city. Are there any plans for a new infrastructure, as in an underground, more trains... I think transport (slow trains, little motorways, no straight connections with qarks like DibŰr) is a mayor problem in modern Albania. An underground that connects the centre of Tirana with its suburbs would be a good start.
Definitely.
Most of the city's rundown streets have been repaved and next year a few underground parking facilities will begin construction.
City Hall officials are trying to eliminate public parking in the central areas of the city streets and are looking with underground parking as the alternative to encourage a more pedestrian friendly city. Bicycle paths have been constructed in the main streets linking the main boulevard.
A trolley system is also planned for Tirana but it'll take a few years for that.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 07:28 PM   #47
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The remodelled version of Toptani Shopping Center by MVRDV.
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The Toptani Shopping Center is part of the recent developments in the Albanian capital Tirana, a city which has emerged with innovative creative force from the past socialist chaos.

The combination of retail and offices allows for an iconic building following ht erequirements of both progammatic parts. The retail is located easily accesible in the lower floors and arranged around an atrium which follows the natural access routes from the city. The shopping center can be used as shortcut to generate more pedestrian traffic. The inerior of the atrium is clad with mirrors wich will create a magical scenery in which the shapes of the reclining floors mirror themselves.

The office floors on top are arranged around the same core which is slimmer here which is more efficient for the office program. The office floors provide views over the city and outside spaces, in the albanian climate a real asset.

The fašade has two main functions: it engages the city by being accesible through a series of stairs and balconies extending the city life and providing a fašade animated with life. Parts of the fašade are devoted to advertising, mostly around the entrances to the arcade of the fašade is clad with a giant LCD screen which can engage the city and is in this new positive tradition of Tirana. The fašade can be programmed according to the events in the centre and it can even serve as screen for important events such as elections or football matches.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 10:44 PM   #48
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God, I hope this gets built,...
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Old December 20th, 2008, 10:06 PM   #49
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Tirana Business Park project presented today at the Prime Minister's office by an international consortium group.
Under the management of Colliers International the business park will be the first environmentally friendly large scale project for the city.

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Old December 21st, 2008, 12:02 AM   #50
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Old December 28th, 2008, 09:20 AM   #51
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Tirana's Territorial Regulatory Council presented yesterday the redevelopment project for the former aviation field area.
The project foresees the regeneration of the area into a park providing entertainemnt facilities for children and the elderly. The park with narrowly stretch to about 1 km in length and 50 meters in width, making it the second largest green area of the city after the Grand Park.





Earlier in the week City Hall authorities in collaboration with Co-Plan Institute announced the new strategy plan titled "Bicycles, the future of movement in Tirana" which aims to reduce the use of automobiles in the city thus making the bicycle the primary method of transportation for the public.

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Old December 28th, 2008, 09:47 AM   #52
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Mane TCI presented earlier this month the project for a new shopping mall in the southern suburb of Sauk to begin construction early next year
Surface: 71,000 m2 (parking included)
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it looks futuristic,,, nice city.. i didnt know anything about ...
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Old December 30th, 2008, 03:16 AM   #54
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Of course.
Tirana is the fastest growing city in the region and it has been that way for the last few years. The city under the helm of world reknown mayor Edi Rama is experiencing an architectural revolution. Europe's best architects are continuously developing projects for the city.
Ah, okay! Tirana is not so well represented in the media, so I didn't know...
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Old December 30th, 2008, 06:28 AM   #55
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The remodelled version of Toptani Shopping Center by MVRDV.
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Great!!! Is it already u/c? Congratulations from Azerbaijan
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Old December 30th, 2008, 09:55 AM   #56
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Not sure if it has. It's not too far from TID Tower which you see u/c on post #50.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 10:15 AM   #57
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These are a couple of examples of the new bicycle paths on the main city streets




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Old December 30th, 2008, 10:46 AM   #58
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Archea Tower started construction a few weeks ago



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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:32 AM   #59
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More abou this tower here: http://www.floornature.de/articoli/a...&lang=en&sez=1, and here: http://www.tirana.gov.al/?cid=2,62,461
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Old December 30th, 2008, 12:52 PM   #60
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The landscape behind Skanderbeg Monument looks a lot better than it did a couple of years ago thanks in part to the initiative undertaken by city hall to develop green spaces in every neighborhood and square of the city.

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