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 Bike express-way / Plan A t regular interval along the motorway, pedestrian/bike bridges allow safe connection across the two sides of the motorways. These bridges, to be built over time and in phases, are based on a simple steel construction technology and could be easily and quickly mounted on site, similarly to Lele’s intervention in the city of Salvador de Bahia (Brazil, 1986-88). These bridges stretch from the train/tram stops located on the northern side of the motorway to other relevant points on the southern side (either existing villages as Vore or main crossings). The bridge becomes also the supporting spine for collective facilities. These will be located adjacently to the bridge’s trajectory and will be accessed from the bridge via ramps. 92 Dogma + Studio B&L
DURANA ECONOMIC CORRIDOR View from the tram stop View from pedestrian path towards Vorë A new tram line along with a continuous network of bike paths establish an idea of the urbanity in a territory far from being a city. Dogma + Studio B&L 93