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    "Tirana, Ministry of Justice" (handwriting in Italian), n.d. [1939]. Central State Archives [AQSH], Tiranë, Albania.

 

 

 

Unplanned Futures

Urban history often unfolds as the history of possible futures: colonial blueprints, master plans, unrealized monumental designs, strategic demolitions, fantastical visions of architects and planners. I am interested in a kind of urban history that addresses informality and exposes the contradictions of transnational contacts—an alternative to collapsing all kinds of local manifestations under the rubric of "modernism" or "the modern state."