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.


EvALUATION and Jury Decision

Lot 1

PIOVENEFABI + YellowOffice + ArchiSpace Studio - winning team

The project had something quite positive and very interesting elements,

with three sharp interventions, namely protypical interventions with

accurate and simple structures, which can be realized within a short time.

The focus of expansion beyond the project was also interesting not only in

the economic zone, but also including valleys. Weaknesses of competitors:

referring to the three interventions proposed, the jury was skeptical about

the way how interventions will be part of a broader strategy to be applied in

other areas of the site and how these proposals may establish the system.

How the highway may become a normal road without creating trafficrelated

problems? The project must have developed a larger number of

solutions to the traffic, taking into account the system as a whole.

InterBAU/Tu Berlin + Atelier Le Balto + Corda/Epoka University

+ Universal

The most interesting part of that project was the conceptual part of the

topic, accepting the reality as it is but on the other hand, the need to

intervene and change it into a sort of non-totalitarian archipelago. There

are six elements included being part of the context. This proposal had

developed broader and specific vision and strategy.On the other hand, the

main bottleneck of such proposal was the economic zone. In order to apply

this proposal, the issue of private property and stakeholders has to be

solved. It is not clear whether it will be realized through expropriation or

otherwise, namely it will be hard how these numerous stakeholders with

different interests will bring together to apply this vision within a longterm



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