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 1. Architectural elements 1. Tram stop 2. Bazzar 3. Civic center / School 4. Pedestrian bridge 5. Belvedere 2. 3. T his new territorial structure establishes a fruitful and deep relationship with the territory it is supported by. By moving along the various trajectories as they have just been briefly described, it becomes clear that the motorway is not anymore the only territorial catalyst along which development is set to occur, but that the section at stake is much larger. The urban tissue clustering along the highway, in fact, is not homogeneous but rather layered in stripes that vary in texture, scale and character, ranging from the more industrial interventions along the infrastructure to the residential areas that peter out towards a more agricultural context, especially towards Durrës. This quality gives further richness to the corridor that in fact should not be seen as a twodimensional line but rather as a series of cross sections that touch a deep slice of territory. 4. 5. 88 Dogma + Studio B&L
DURANA ECONOMIC CORRIDOR The inner courtyard of the civic center. View of the pedestrian bridge. Dogma + Studio B&L 89