Edmond Manahasa

Edmond Manahasa
Epoka University · Department of Architecture

PhD
Environment Behavior Theories, Urban Identity, Historical Architecture in Albanian Space, Housing Typologies

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Introduction
Edmond Manahasa currently works at the Department of Architecture, Epoka University. Edmond does research in History of Architecture, Theory of Architecture, Housing Design, Phenomenology in Architecture, Environmental Behavior Theories, Aesthetics and Architecture, Space Appropriation and Usage of Public Space. Their most recent publication is "Nostalgia for the lost built environment of a socialist city: An empirical study in post-socialist Tirana"

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Abstract Purpose The proposed definitional framework can be used to define housing typologies of cities in developing countries. It aims to define housing typologies in the capital city of Albania, Tirana, using the proposed hierarchical framework within the dynamics of four political periods: Ottoman, establishment, socialist and postsocialist. D...
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This paper studies nostalgia for the socialist period in Tirana departing from the city's post-socialist period frenetic urban developmental context. Informal settlements and semiformal additions characterized the post-socialist city up to the year 2000. In contrast, high-rise buildings and inner-city densification feature the later period. Such de...
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This research focuses on the Royal Residence of King "Zog I," located in Durres, Albania. Designed at first as presidential palace and later reconceptualized as a summer royal residence this building was subject of different architectural proposals from Armando Brasini, Kristo Sotiri, Hans Kohler, and Florestano di Fausto. This research aims to rev...
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This research focuses on the high-rise residential buildings, which emerged during the post-socialist period in an ex-socialist elite neighborhood of Tirana called "Bllok". This neighborhood that was dwelled exclusively by the communist party leading members and their families, in the post-socialist period has become a major entertainment zone. The...
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This chapter reflects on responsible science with an eye toward concrete research practice. To this end, we briefly introduce the RRI paradigm (Responsible Research and Innovation) and then highlight seven EU research projects in the context of a transnational COST Action project. This COST Action will investigate how placemaking activities, like p...
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Certain physical elements of cities' do have an inseparable role in the collective memory of citizens. These urban physical elements can be important buildings, public spaces, or streets. Our research focuses on the main boulevard of Tirana and measures the meaning and use of this place referring to the socialist period. Tirana's main boulevard was...
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This study observes the development of gated communities and their features in the post-socialist period in capital of Albania, Tirana. The research studies the evolution of this housing typology in Tirana, by focusing in three different gated communities as case studies, including “Rolling Hills Luxury Residence”, “Kodra e Diellit” and “Touch of t...
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Albania inherits a diversity of unique natural and cultural landscapes of international importance. Unfortunately, the development programs related to urbanization, infrastructure and energy investments generate significant pressures on the native quality of these landscapes. This chapter discusses further the opportunities and threats that Albania...
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The shift from socialist to post-socialist political system caused an urban expansion of Tirana, which brought the growth of its population. This post-socialist urban context associated with a high demand for dwelling need, the limited construction sites in inner city and the increasing land prizes, pushed the developers to construct residential co...
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This research aims to explore the possible aesthetical qualities in an informal settlement called Bathore, which evolved in the post-socialist period in capital city of Albania, Tirana. The informal settlement emerged after the fall of socialist system, due to immigration from northern and eastern Albania because of the of unemployment and economic...
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This book aims to provide a cross-sectorial assessment in a multidisciplinary and trans-cultural context onto the innovations in urban and architectural approaches in designing next human environments within the Albanian context. The continuous concentration of the world population in the urban areas and their consequent densification require even...
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This study focuses on the domed mosques built during the Ottoman Empire period in Prizren, a southern Kosovo city. It aims to reveal these buildings' architectural and ornamental features, emphasizing the transitional elements from cubical mass to domes. Based on on-site observation, there are examined six domed historical mosques in Prizren. The e...
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This paper emphasises the attribute of Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) in school (re) design by extending the research toward genuine participation and evaluation. It aims to re-conceptualise “child's participation” through exploring its relationship with POE by observing child-built environment connection and by demonstrating how children engage w...
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This study aims to define urban identity in a post-socialist context characterised by informal settlements and high-rise edifices constructed at the expense of historical urban patterns, which drive discourse over the loss of city identity. Using the case of Tirana, the research proposes a new approach defining urban identity as consisting of two c...
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The study examines the attachment to city through housing typologies in an urban context, taking the case of post-socialist Tirana, which was facing the issue of urban identity. The approach of examining attachment to city through housing typology was used because housing is observed to be the predominant morphological stock of the urban fabric, wh...
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This study observes the development of gated communities and their features in the post-socialist period in capital of Albania, Tirana. The research studies the evolution of this housing form in Tirana, by focussing in three different gated communities including "Rolling Hills Luxury Residence", "Kodra e Diellit" and "Touch of the Sun” residences....
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This research explores the opinion and the view of the citizens about the facades of an ex-socialist period neighbourhood, which is located between Asim Vokshi and Petro Marko streets consisting of six apartment blocks. The buildings of this quarter were part of a project called “Rebirth of the City”. This project aimed to treat the building facade...
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This paper studies the environmental behavior of Tirana dwellers in a former socialist period neighborhood which has been the subject of a project called the “Rebirth of the City”. This project was an undertaking of the municipality of Tirana, the capital city of Albania, and had as its goals to stabilize the urban chaos and clean the informal cons...
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The construction of mosques in Albania starts right after the Ottoman sovereignty at the end of the 14th century. The 15th and 16th century mosques were commissioned by the Ottoman administrators or by the Albanian-Ottoman nobles and the ones built after the 16th century were commissioned by the local Muslim notables. Today, only nine mosques that...
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This paper discusses and critically analyzes the issue of building skyscrapers in the Main Boulevard of the capital of Albania Tirana, an urban historical zone which is defined as “City Spine” and which constitutes a very important part of architectural identity of the city. In order to give an idea about the identity of the city brief information...
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This study examines the plan schemes and spatial organization of the existing mosques built during Ottoman Empire period in Albania. The historical information and partially the plan schemes are taken from the existing sources. Those buildings that had no plan schemes were taken out through surveying. The buildings are also examined on the site and...

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Which journal could be appropriate for landmarks perceive measurement in socialist and post-socialist city?
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I am looking for a journal on socialist city nostalgia....
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I want to publish a paper on housing typologies. Which journal can be appropriate?
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Can I be added as collaborator in International Place Attachment Network?
I have conducted a research which reveal the attachment to city through housing typologies.
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I am thinking in which journal I can send my paper whose main topic is about a new model on defining "urban identity".

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This Action will investigate how placemaking activities, like public art, civil urban design, local knowledge production re-shape and reinvent public space, and improve citizens’ involvement in urban planning and urban design. Placemaking implies the multiplication and fragmentation of agents shaping the public realm. The Action aims to empower citizens to contribute with citizen`s knowledge, digitization and placemaking to diverse ways of interpreting local identities in European cities. The added value of digitization – understood here basically as the ongoing process of converting any kind of data from an analog into a digital format – (Jannidis/Kohle/Rehbein (2018:179) will be analyzed in the ways in which it impacts urban placemaking processes of local communities. Studying urban placemaking and digital practices of various local communities throughout Europe´s cities, this Action will understand and analyze, The impact of digitization on the common placemaking practices of urban local communities, The changing processes of citizen´s local knowledge production of placemaking, The influence of digitization on the governmentality of the local neighborhoods and co-creation of public space by various societal actors. Drawing on recent theoretical insights that point to the importance of placemaking, widening citizen´s knowledge and wider application of digitization and digital communication, the Action seeks to develop new methods for studying and comparing effects of disseminating local urban knowledge beyond cultural and societal borders. By doing so, it develops European urban research both theoretically and methodologically finding ways of channeling the results into the wider urban planning and governance processes.
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The main challenge of this Cost Action is to create a transnational network that gathers European researchers carrying studies on Middle-Class Mass Housing (MCMH) built in Europe since the 1950s. This network will allow the development new scientific approaches by discussing, testing and assessing case studies and their different methodologies and perspectives. MCMH has been generally underestimated in urban and architectural studies and there is still a lack of comparative analysis and global perspectives. The number of transnational publications and scientific meetings has also been scarce. By crossing different approaches focus on Architecture, Urbanism, Planning, Public Policies, History, Sociology new concepts and methodologies will arise. Therefore, the Action aims to produce a wider understanding of MCMH sprawl, deepening on-going researches and focussing on the existing case studies. The current methodologies, surveys, catalogue and contextualization allow an initial mapping of relevant case studies, their diverse degrees of resilience and how they have been adapted to current (urban and social) conditions. It is intended to develop the knowledge of the interaction between spatial forms, behaviours and satisfaction and to combine methodologies of architectural and social analyses. The Action will be developed by three Working Groups, coordinated by a Core Group: Documenting the MCMH; Development of a specific set of (new) concepts for MCMH analyses; Leverage contemporary architecture interventions and Public Policies. In the Action will be involved researchers related to Mass Housing, MCMH Architecture and Urbanism, Planning and Public Policies, Sociological studies, Architecture History and Modern Heritage. Keywords ● Middle Class ● Mass Housing ● Twentieth Century Architecture ● European City ● Middle Class ● Mass Housing ● Twentieth Century Architecture ● European City