International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2569

Full Length Research Paper

Spatial analysis of a post-socialist city: Case of Tirana-Albania

Hakan Arslan and Vjosa Shehu
1Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Duzce University, Konuralp, 81620 Duzce, Turkey.  2Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering Architecture, Epoka University, Tiranë-Rinas, Albania.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 February 2011
  •  Published: 18 February 2011



This study proposes an analysis model to see how urban spatial configuration in case of post-socialist Tirana City transformed over time. The analysis of city network road and comercial facilities distribution of Tirana City helps us to examine urban land use variation and the urban spatial structure.  The study also reviews urban spatial structure model of the city as well. The main principles of space syntax theory are introduced as a method which measures the relations of the pattern in spatial system. The city structure is analysed by developing the main spatial patterns. The new potential areas of the city industrial zones, residental areas and new transport systems are analyzed through space syntax method. As a conclusion, space syntax analysis provide an important contribution to the analysis of urban structures and give the future design parameters for the the transforming city.


Key words: Space syntax, urban transformation, post-socialist city.