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.


Landscape actors

Cultivating the Landscape

The main quality of the Durana Region lies in its landscape features: the

topography of the Tirana-Durres corridor, its land that has been cultivated

by the Albanian people and that is marked by the abundant vegetation

of the Mediterranean. Residual Arcadia develops the cultivated landscape

of Durana further by paying particular attention to in-between and leftover

spaces. The planting scheme aims to highlight the site’s identity in

different scales and places through the introduction of different actors

(trees, shrubs, vegetables and climbing plants). The implantation of specific

trees provides a tool for territorial measurement and development. They

can be used as landmarks along the promenades and stage paths, residual

spaces, agriculture & urban landscape.

An arrangement of trees with lower shrubs and plants will create various

atmospheres. This method aims to implant the projects progressively

within the sites without adulterating them, but rather amplify their own

characteristics. The recognizable and adapted vegetal basis will interweave

with the existing landscape as well as encourage and guide agritourism

within a sustainable agriculture development.


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

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