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 Infrastructures I n order to structure our assigned stretch of the corridor (lot 2) between the villages of Borakë and Berxullë, we propose to look at the linear corridor not just as the combination of the motorway and the buildings development occurring along it, but rather as a bundle of different transit infrastructures, existing and potential. These would become the structuring backbone for the future development of the area. While the motorway remains as the main fast transit connection between the cities of Tirana and Durrës, we suggest the completion of the parallel roads that –partially already under construction– are positioned in the north and in the south of the motorway axis. These two roads will be used for both local transit and to access the plots of land along the motorway where industrial and distribution facilities are currently and in the future to be located. Instead of entering in these plots directly from the motorway, we propose that access takes place only from these secondary parallel roads, liberating the motorway from the numerous exits that now undermine its functioning as a modern infrastructure. Complementary to the road infrastructure, we propose the rehabilitation of the current train line. This should become the main public transport system between Durrës and Tirana. Given that both people and goods will be transported via this infrastructure (Durrës is the main national harbor and this line expands both towards the north and the east of Albania), we propose to double this line so that both trains and trams could simultaneously run on it in both directions. While the train line will be dedicated to goods and inter-city connections, the tram will stop more frequently and allow shorter transit to and from the villages in the corridor. This new tram line, a traditionally urban element, will also be instrumental towards the definition of the imaginary of this urban entity – Durana. Pilot projects Final configuration 84 Dogma + Studio B&L
DURANA ECONOMIC CORRIDOR A view of the road / Maritime pine Trees as the simplest and powerful architecture of the road Dogma + Studio B&L 85