Uninspired Architecture

About This Project

The publication Uninspired Architecture features a series of 250 black and white photographs of Marco Mazzi centered on the city of Tirana (Albania). The shots were made in 2013 by Marco Mazzi in the context of the artist in residence program of The Department of Eagles of Tirana and edited by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei. The project focuses on the social and political circumstances that favored the concrete transformation of the city of Tirana, sorting through the function codes of interpretation and aesthetic implementation of the technology and information media, industrial development and affirmation of international capitalism. The photos document the development of the peripheral areas of Tirana, the genesis and spread of new infrastructure. The gaze of Mazzi is interested in the increasingly widespread dissemination of an “uninspired” architectural model, where buildings or urban areas are designed only according to their immediate function. The photos show (with a raw and essential style) a constantly changing reality made of construction sites, parking lots, abandoned areas, landfills, buildings under construction.


Marco Mazzi


Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei