Durana Corridor


The competition for Tirana-Durres corridor stems from the need to improve the urban condition of the area along the corridor. It is one of main circulation axis of Albania that connects the two biggest cities in the country and again connects them both to the airport. It has become an economic corridor that brings large revenue to the country. It cuts through many small cities and in this perspective the whole country is the beneficiary, while the communities along the corridor will be direct beneficiaries. From an organizational perspective the competition slices the Tirana -Durres corridor into three segments/ lots: the area which connects Tirana to the metropolitan highway, the area which connects Durres to the metropolitan highway, and the city of Vora which is split in half by the metropolitan highway.



The Sallmone - Sukth Greenhouse Strip, which runs parallel to the Erzen

River, identifies parameters and technologies that address not only local

Durres-Tirana conditions but also environmental and social challenges

faced by the entire Albania, as one of the countries hardest hit by climate

changes. It is a matter of national interest to restructure and construct

recourses that strengthen and ensure food security as well as international

trade. This proposal is to be seen as a contribution to the commitment

Albania has already made to upgrade its agricultural projections.

This is an ambitious plan, one that questions the strategy of biochemical

and genetic engineering as well as the convention of industrial fossil-fuel

based greenhouse construction (the currently accepted tool for food

security in climate change). Albania is situated at an optimal geographical

and geopolitical nexus to explore and mediate a viable, long term, fair,

sustainable, comprehensive and profitable agricultural landscape. In

the short term a collaboration is proposed between local tradition and

experience in agriculture and land management, research and innovation,

transport and logistics - all for bioecological market produce, and even

bioecological pharmaceuticals. The ambition is to compete with the

developed markets of Spain, Holland, Italy and Greece. Thereafter these

infrastructures of production will serve the long term-term goal of selfsustenance

of labour and food for the country and the region.

A detailed design of the Sallmone - Sukth Greenhouse Strip would look

beyond near- sighted, short-term-profit oriented conventions of fossil-fuel

based mechanics and modular construction. A revision of these petrified

conventions would focus on efficiencies in greenhouse construction and

yield increase benefiting from parametric design and digital fabrication

- factors that are already generating innovative solutions for crops

and locations - an agricultural proficiency that will make a significant

contribution to discussions on regional cultures and their economies in

the light of climate change.

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