The northern part of Tirana has been historically an important industrial area, extended along Tirana River, which is seen as a limit of the city in the north. After the ’90s, most of the industrial sites were abandoned and low-quality informal settlements surrounded and invaded these big-scale declined structures, creating depredated and impenetrable areas. In the last years, due to the increasing number of population and the high pressure to build and densify the city, this area was seen as an opportunity for the city center's (the linear boulevard) extension and moreover to connect the city with the natural system of the river. Nevertheless, the risk for gentrification, social exclusion and segregation are very high. Hence, the aim of this research is to ensure a sustainable development through an integrative and holistic approach in urban regeneration. The paper will investigate and analyze the physical, social-cultural, economic and environmental aspects of this area and propose firstly a general vision of transformation relating this area with the city, making it part of the whole. Secondly, within the general vision, in order to fulfill the main objectives will be built different scenarios of transformation. Finally, a comparative method based on multi-criteria assessment will be used in order to evaluate the most sustainable scenario of transformation.
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