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UNDER PRESSURE – Facts of socialist architecture in Albania



mostra realizzata con il supporto di

Polytechnic University of Tirana

UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia, Central Technical Construction Archive



28 giugno > 21 luglio 2017

28 June > 21 July 2017

Cotonificio, Sala Gino Valle

lun > ven/mon > fri, 9 > 19




opening ceremony

27 giugno 2017, ore 17




poster >>

leaflet >>



mostra a cura di/curated by

Gjergji Islami, Denada Veizaj, Gjergj Thomai, Polytechnic University of Tirana;

Enrico Fontanari, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia


concept grafico e design/graphic concept and design

Ana Pekmezi


con l’attenzione speciale di/with the special attention of

Andrea Maliqari, rettore/rector, Polytechnic University of Tirana


partecipano all’inaugurazione/participating in the opening ceremony

Andrea Maliqari, rettore/rector, Polytechnic University of Tirana

Alberto Ferlenga, rettore/rector UniversitÓ Iuav di venezia

Giergji Islami, Polytechnic University of Tirana

Enrico Fontanari, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia



Facts of socialist architecture in Albania


This is an effort to envisage the reality of communist Albania by using architecture as a decoding tool. The exhibition invites the visitor to read a storyline, which is neither chronological nor built on sequential facts. Constructing a path would constitute in a way a biased approach or a perspective by the authors. The exhibited material aims to neutralize any possible level of pre-interpretation, which drives the visitor towards his personal exploring and experiential paths into an unknown context.

The generic theme of the exhibition consists in illustrating the many forms of dialogue established between architecture and political power, portraying at the same time a dichotomy that is mirrored throughout the creative process of the architect. 

Given the Albanian context, how was architecture impacted by the pressure modeled from ideology and communist propaganda? The answer is revealed through an episodic collage that exposes pieces of distorted, bended or overlapped realities. Eight episodes are served to illustrate the puzzle; Ideology and design, Approach and image, Standardized design, Prefabrication, Dissidence (?), Atheism, The National Form, and Architecture as communication tool.

Through these thematic etudes it is legible how, in many cases, architecture is transformed into a medium, enabling communication between the political power and citizens. Architectural or urban entities become the ground upon which the propaganda is materialized into form or space, and where ideology continuously models the artistic worldview.