Strade Nuove, is a group of streets built by Genoese aristocracy in a time when the city was gaining economic and financial power from bankers and traders, that was reflected in urban expansion and the construction of wealthy private residences. They include Strada Nuova, Via Balbi and Via Cairoli,
The best way to discover the Historic District of Genoa is through their caruggi; a dense network of narrow streets, that leads into a small square with its church surrounded by other buildings. The streets and the exterior of palaces are simple, but the interiors are very rich with works of art, decorations and artifacts. They show the history of the city preserved in every detail.
In the following blogposts I will talk about a beautiful city, where I have spent the summer vacations- Genova in Italy. Before arriving there, I have planned to visit different places, the first in the list was Porto Antico, an area regenerated by the plan of genose architect Renzo Piano, who gave to the old port a new meaning. The whole area is very interesting, with his Aquario, Museums of Sea, shops and restaurants. But what impressed me the most were the hidden gems of the city, the long and rich history reflected in its urban fabric and architecture.
In this Blog Post, I am posting a group of photos made at Gjipe Canyon, an amazing place in Albania, that I've visited in May 2017, during a field trip with friends. Turning back home, I've made a series of prints in fine art paper, that are available in purchase in limited editions.
The 17th of November is the World Prematurity Day. I am posting in my blog, photos from my series in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in Tirana. The series started in 2008 with a case study that I was working, and developed through the years as I have turned back to capture new portraits of premature babies and their moms who are encouraged to practice Kangaroo Mother Care inside the Unit.
Acquario di Genova is located in the Old Port of the City. It is a tourist attraction for Genova and Italy, since it displays the greatest aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The building stretches like a ship into the Sea, but for its function and scope I think it resembles more to Noah’s Ark...
Karavasta Lagoon is the largest lagoon in Albania, known for its rich biodiversity, famous for Divjaka Pine and migratory birds such as the endangered Dalmatian Pelican. The Lagoon is part of the largest national park, Divjaka-Karavasta of 22.230 hectares, and because of its rich ecosystem has the status of protected area by international convention of Ramsar.
Celebrating the Summer Day through the revival of nature.
These photos are made in Thermal Waters of Benje, during my visit in Permet, for the celebration of Summer Day in 14 march 2016. This date is a national festivity in Albania, celebrated every year in different parts of the country. The festivity is old and is traced to ancient times, with pagan rituals and traditional food, that symbolize the end of winter and the joy for the beginning of summer. I was happy to spend this day in an unusual way, making bath and photos in the Thermal Waters of Benje, a very near locality of Permet, while in the surrounding mountains of Nemercke there had been snowing a day before.
International Photography Awards Announces Category Winners of the 2015 Competition, and is pleased to declare that Alketa Misja was awarded Honorable Mention in Architecture - Industrial for the winning entry ARTiFact, ex-Automobile Plant"
My instinct as an architect/urbanist tells me to photograph the city from above. I find that the city shows a lot of itself when seen from the rooftop. You can see a lot of details that are hidden from the street level that shows the citizens character.
After visiting the northern part of the island, we turn south in Laganas Bay Area, to see another attraction of the island, the Sea Turtle Caretta-Caretta. The Sea Turtle is an endangered species, because of the pollution and tourism. It is only recently, that for her protection, Laganas and the neighboring locations have been granted the status of “National Marine Park”...
Zakynthos ( also named Zante) is a beautiful island, that belongs to Eptanisa, a group of islands in the western shores of Greece. From the seven islands of this group, Zakynthos is the southernmost island of the Ionian Sea, opposite to the western coast of Peloponnese, 10 sea miles from the Port of Kyllini.
This month I was in Greece, with an International School of Tirana, on a hiking tour in Meteora, as part of their Units on human explorations, body and religion. I was very lucky to be part of their group which involved the kids and their parents. Meteora is an interesting tourist attraction, where history, religion and fascinating landscape coincide in one place......