Durana Corridor

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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

Plan view of service roads

Service roads

The current structure of the highway is highly chaotic, as way too many

different entrances and exits punctuate it. Un-systemic service roads,

informal junctions, un-signalled U-turn possibilities and dangerous

crossing points only add to the confusion. At the same time, this awkward

accumulation of the most diverse systems allows the highway to interact

with its surroundings, ultimately producing a flexible organism in which

the needs of mobility are intertwined with the events happening at the

margins, an organism not without fascination. The project aims to upgrade

the mobility system through a minimum degree of systematization,

rationalizing the junctions using various configurations of service roads,

while U-turns will be systematically allowed every 2 kilometres. The

system will retain a high degree Glen Hodges, Tania billboard on the Strip,

published in “Learning from Las Vegas”, 1972 of flexibility, ranging from

pure highway, to a highway with two ways service roads on both sides at

the opposite extreme of the range. The buffer zone will be implemented

gradually and only when necessary. The highway will be both efficient

as a mobility device, as well as rich for the events which will continue

to happen at its extended margins, events which the projects will boost

further. The highway will slowly mutate into an extremely generous twospeeds

super-boulevard.

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