Claudio Cricca began studying photography in 1994, and has attended international classes in photojournalism in Italy and the US. His works were selected as winning photos at The Humanity Photo Awards. In 2008, his first book, “faceless”, about the Criminally Insane Asylums in Italy, was published. He won the Gold Award of Excellence at the “Biennial Juried Photography Show” at the Edward Hopper Museum in Nyack, NY.His photographs are included in the permanent collection at The Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. Claudio’s work has been published internationally in various newspapers and magazines.
New Tirana City
Tirana city is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe and obviously represents a city of a typical and complex prolonged transition, which is continuous, and incorporates mixed structures and historical events, and remains still the main and most dramatic challenge of the present days.
Albania emerged from the Communist era as the poorest country in Europe. The new Tirana Municipality’s goal is to prepare a vision of development that is flexible and adaptable to the rapid changes of the city. This necessarily requires the complete reformation of the town planning legislation as a process that should go side by side with the development of the city. The new urban regulation of Tirana can serve as good starting point for the new package of laws on Town Planning, which the country needs desperately.
Tirana is in with a good chance of becoming a competitive city in the Balkans, creating opportunities for domestic and foreign business, and providing better services for inhabitants and visitors.
The current mayor of Tirana, Edi Rama, has tried to beautify the city, he allied himself with the United Nations Development Programme in 2001. He launched the Clean and Green project in Tirana working on the polluted Lana River, generating new green spaces and painting old buildings. He has reduced unemployment, partly by putting Tiranans to work on such projects.