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.
DURANA ECONOMIC CORRIDOR 4 3 2 1 Durrës coastline The highway ends its trajectory in front of the Bay of Durrës in what seems to be an almost spectacular moment. The crossing of the railroad, Rruga Adria and the slip road passing meters from the sea, gives the drivers only a glimpse of the Adriatic without establishing a strong visual connection with it. The strength of the geographical shape of the Bay is reinforced by the presence of the Durrës hills. The future departure of heavy port activities to Rinia will give the opportunity to connect the Durrësi beach and the hills, by means of a continuous qualitative public space that will have to negotiate a passage through the highway’s interchange. 158 Baukuh + List + Space Caviar + Abkons
DURANA ECONOMIC CORRIDOR 1 2 3 4 1: Petrol station (15 different stations along the highway portion) 2: Informal connection to housing units 3: Access to warehouses (exists in multiple variations) 4: DIY slip-roads (4 different locations in this portion) CURRENT ROAD STRUCTURE On the highway portion of lot n°3 we counted 189 ways-out ; that is, in average, a way-out every 135 meters. This situation is of course ineffective and highly dangerous. These informal (or pirate) connections emphasise the ambiguous status of the highway today, being at the same time an important intercity connection and a local boulevard. This dual double condition should not be ignored but, on the contrary, be radicalized as such, by finding solution to maintain securely an effective two-speed system. 1: Petrol station (15 different stations along the highway portion) 2: Informal connection to housing units 3: Access to warehouses (exists in multiple variations) 4: DIY slip-roads (4 different locations in this portion). Baukuh + List + Space Caviar + Abkons 159