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.


Method: Vision, Orientation and Focus


The official process phasing divides the design process into two main

periods: FAST TRACK and SLOW TRACK. The FAST TRACK corresponds

to the design of a first quick win design proposal. This has to be seen as

an immediate design answer to opportunities detected on the field. It has

at the same time to be able to stand on its own and to have the ambition

to kick start a bigger process. The SLOW TRACK ( in process ) is seen as a

reinforcement of the FAST TRACK and an opportunity to build a system

of projects.


The competition proposal and the further investigation which followed

the competition phase focuses on three study areas, from now on called

“Sections”. The three Sections, represented in the attached scheme, each

covering a study area of around 400 Hectares, comprise a set of possible

projects in close relations one to each other. These three Sections are

a way to detect specific points and to increase the public quality of the

valley through acupuncture interventions, condensed into a new mental

and physical network.


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