Piccinato Award third Edition _ 2007 Design the complexity Award for urbanistic and territorial planning

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Concordia Sagittaria conquered with its recent development  the left riverside of the Lemene river.

This territorial evolution was not followed though by a simultaneous adjustment of the traffic roads and the urban renovation. We therefore note the inability to break away from certain functions that for better or for worse characterize the use, inability to modify an existing urban structure, trying to use the resulting spaces, designing those “white” areas beyond the prevasiveness of the viability. Deliberately, no attempt was made to make uniform and bearable the live together; instead, the attention was given to the “lost opportunities”; lost opportunities indeed, in those truisms sometimes a little too expected. There is often the thought or feeling to say “if instead of the road there was…” and then why not looking for these occasions.
The project comes from this emotions: the idea of making the urban spaces uniform, eradicate the viability to return the spaces to the “Concordians”, the front river, the gardens, the secondary road made livable for and belonging to the town; to organize the paths, to create with small inclinations the articulated, recurrent and recognizable scenarios; spaces made intimate with small changes in altitude, direction and function. Thus, a green system, a plaza full of plants which substitutes the asphalt; the system with sliding levels with grass, defines the spaces, organizes them, giving value to certain places denying it to others. The system creates a hierarchy of spaces that spread over the whole area of Piazzale Matteotti. The road, at this stage was reintroduced, reducing to the minimum the allocated space. The system of sliding levels turns to the road to welcome and convoy the vehicles taking their belonging, raising concrete walls to perceive the intrusion on the urban system. At the end the project assumed the form and the evocative meaning of a concatenation of urban environments closely interconnected with one another; intimate spaces – to enjoy the peace of the river, sometime isolated – to sit quietly, often barycentric to collect and convey the users, never without meaning, but always looking to follow, support and suggest the actions expressed into it.

Davide Longhi
Edited by Veneto Region – IT