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The Self-Build ExperienceInstitutionalisation, Place-Making and City Building$
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Willem Salet, Camila D'Ottaviano, Stan Majoor, and Daniel Bossuyt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447348429

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447348429.001.0001

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From neighbourhood self-organisation to city building: the case of Bathore, Kamëz (Albania)

From neighbourhood self-organisation to city building: the case of Bathore, Kamëz (Albania)

(p.229) 12 From neighbourhood self-organisation to city building: the case of Bathore, Kamëz (Albania)
The Self-Build Experience

Ledio Allkja

Policy Press

This chapter delves in the evolution of the city of Kamëz from a small town in the suburbs of Tirana, the capital of Albania, to a city of over 90,000 inhabitants. Practices of self-built are analysed in three main timeframes reflecting the different socio-political conditions of Albania. Initially, experiences of self-built are analysed in the pre-1990s in Kamëz during the dictatorial regime. Afterwards, the analysis is focused on the dynamic evolution of the area of Bathore, a neighbourhood in Kamëz, in a complete absence urban management by the state and where citizens through informal development populated the whole area. In the end, the chapter is focused on a project for the improvement of the neighbourhood which afterwards became a common practice for the evolution of the city through self-built practices. The main focus of the analysis is on the role of state, non-state and citizens in the process of self-built experiences in Albania.

Keywords:   Self-organization, urban planning, informal development, Albania, Bathore, participatory planning

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