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.


Vorë pedestrian bridge I / Plan


ext to these main components, the rhythmic territorial structure

is also defined and reiterated through a molecular system of small

facilities located along the various trajectories. Tram stops, bike

parking, fountains, places of rest, etc. would all contribute at reinforcing a

sense of the urban in a territory that is still very alien from it. Imagining the

corridor as a rhythmic sequence also means to consider it as an artifact to

which a multiplicity of actors contribute to, both private and public, and

of all scales – from small individual enterprises to the national state. For

this reason such proposal can be built in various phases, accommodating

multiple stakeholders’ agendas and the expected different levels of

available resources over time. To start, we would like to propose to

engage with three critical sections along the corridor: at Vorë, Maminas

and Bërxulle. In these three locations, the first three pedestrian bridges

could be built along with first collective facilities. We believe that a Durana

conceived as a sequence of rhythmic parts could frame the interaction

of these different actors, while still delivering a readable form to the

territory which would make the intervention not only flexible and open to

negotiations, but also distinctive and beautiful in its own right.

Vorë pedestrian bridge I / Axonometric view


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