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 of interventions Easier Taken Slow / A proposal for Durana Overall, the project capitalizes on the unique character of the corridor making it a recognizable feature in its own right – a strategically urbanized spine that cuts a section across the Albanian territory, from the Mediterranean Sea to the countryside and further to the inland capital. At the core of such a rethinking of the corridor, we imagine the establishment of a sequence, or rhythm. The highway is a continuous element but it threads together very diverse environments; for this reason we envision the new corridor as a sequence of elements rather than as a homogeneous linear development. As the area is witnessing a rapid growth, there is a need to find in this sequence a structure that would turn it into a readable rhythm. Establishing a rhythm means to construct a logic for new development, giving hierarchy to the urban tissue while preserving empty space both for environmental reasons and future growth. 82 Dogma + Studio B&L