Hard and Soft Infastructure for Urban Revival: A Study of Gjirokastra's Historical Center
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Gjirokastra is a city in southern Albania that is experiencing a sudden shrinkage and lack of development though its potentials are significant. This research will explore the reasons for this lack of development by concentrating its attention to the historical center of the city that is especially lacking vitality. The research argues that hard and soft infrastructure are both important stepping stones in the way to Gjirokastras recovery. In the hard infrastructure water, waste, wastewater, heating and cooling, and electrical power are discussed while the soft infrastructure is quantified by the functional structure of the urban environment, the social and cultural structure, as well as education and tourism. The research does not neglect to also take into consideration Albania’s historical and political background, as they play an important role in both the current state of infrastructure, but also in proposing sustainable solutions for improving the situation. Finally a look at Albania’s environmental legal framework is presented, as a way to assess its adequacy in supporting sustainable development in the country. A set of suggestions are specified in order to sustainably improve both hard and soft infrastructure conditions and thus bring about a revival to the historical center of the city.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 67 p.
SoM EX, 2011-29
Soft Infrastructure, Hard Infrastructure
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-36346OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-36346DiVA: diva2:430606
Subject / course
Degree of Master - Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure
2011-06-08, KTH Seminar room 4055, Stockholm, 15:25 (English)
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Haas, Tigran, Tekn Dr
Håkansson, Maria, Biträdande lektor