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 Scenery tools Art is an integral part of the strategy, something that spills out into every part of the highway ecosystem, not confined to preordained ghettos. Some peripheral zones on both sides of the road operate as sectors for artistic interventions working with the existing fabric and deploying, “as found”, the language of the highway itself. A toolbox of infrastructural elements will be assembled to facilitate the activation at the lowest cost possible of the highway-theatre through the construction of scenarios. Together, these scenarios constitute an artistic masterplan of temporary/permanent low-cost interventions, an ongoing cycle of activities through the seasons. Axonometric view of scenery tools 166 Baukuh + List + Space Caviar + Abkons
DURANA ECONOMIC CORRIDOR Plan view of roundabout 1. art 2. crane 3. art/events storage 4. gate 5. parking 6. lamp post ROUNDABOUT In order to operate, the system of stages needs its own infrastructure. Such machinery of the metropolitan theatre is stored in a deposit next to the circle at the entrance of Durrës. The inside of the circle, marking the entry into the city of Durrës, is a completely flat, colossal platform, the last and biggest of the metropolitan stages. This unpredictable space, half moon, half desert, half parking lot is periodically occupied by colossal art pieces, mass events, rock concerts. The space – normally unused – provides a platform at the metropolitan scale for the entire Durana region. The circle normally is asleep; it works just as a large dot of emptiness marking a change in speed that correspond to the entry into Durrës. Sometime, once every couple of months, the silent moon erupts and is activated by a new event. Baukuh + List + Space Caviar + Abkons 167