Tirana, capital of Albania, is easily one of the brightest cities I’ve ever been to.
Mayor Edi Rama, a painter himself, launched a campaign to repaint Tirana’s old buildings and give the city a new look.
The makeover was a big success. Facades across the city were painted in bright colours and walking around the city is a real treat. I spent hours each day exploring and taking photos of the colourful buildings.
More than just painting
In his TED talk Take back your city with paint, Edi Rama explains that the painting campaign was not just artistic, but also political: “The rehabilitation of public spaces revived the feeling of belonging to a city that people lost.”
He talks about other changes that occurred following the repainting and revival of the old facades: people started to drop less litter in the street and to pay their taxes. People started to feel that the streets were safe.
Watch the entire TED talk: Take back your city with paint