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.


Axonometric view of bridges


To rethink of the highway in terms of the theatre, we must address it as a

question of design, and equip this “cultural institution” with the necessary

performative elements. The bridges provide a much needed pedestrian

connection among neighborhoods on the opposite sides of the highway.

As such, the bridges reconstruct a relationship among two separated urban

realms. The bridges combine their usual role as connective infrastructure

with different types of public space and public facilities included in the

bridge or distributed at its margins. At the same time, the bridges operate

as a memory-framing device. Bridges indeed are the interfaces of the

experiences of the driver and the pedestrian: the pedestrian crosses the

bridge on its longitudinal axis, using the bridge as a belvedere opening

onto the landscape, while the driver crosses the bridge along its transversal

axis, passing below it and recognizing it as a sign framing the experience

of the drive. By reappearing one after the other, the bridges frame the

experience of the Tirana-Durrës, defining a silent and precise measure of

the different conversations in the car, of the different memories associated

with the trips. The stability of the territorial frame defined by the bridges

is challenged by the artistic interventions that happen to take possession

of the bridges.

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