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I decided not to propose high building elements, three-dimensional, and sculptural: the project covers only a reconfiguration or rather a restoration of urban land. The urban space coincides with via Roma, called since the late forties of the last century “town square”, it tries to present itself as a horizontal sculpture, a bound of surfaces clearly identifiable, close to each other, fitted together, but not united. All the natural stone cladding tends to be a single material, the furniture is controlled and organized in a close link between the benches-historical artifacts-lighting system-trash cans to become the direction of the path, like an Arianna’s thread that accompanies the visitor and inextricably links the different functional areas, from the space in front of the Basilica to the harbor on the river. The inclusion of the archaeological remains of the Roman Era within the urban life, gives us the concept of an element that detects the wealth of local resources, and continues what already happens in the great space excavated in the open area where resurface the ancient remains, a sort of exhibition hall. Indeed this is the aspect that we wanted to emphasize; with discretion we attempted to expand the “museum”, add a “room”. With discretion, we said, but also careful not to create an improper space, too delicate; it still remains an area that needs to guarantee defined fruitions, a space of the citizens that they must interpret. We want to think that young people, maybe, can still meet in the evening sitting on the wall along the river rather than on the benches, or that the fisherman can simply feel comfortably in peace. In short, the attempt to give real value to a common place of urban life. The fountain and the monument, as elements considered characteristic of urban space, will contribute to the success of this definition .. The theme is the reorganization of an complex architectural system, formed by the confluence of the various structures: the square of the Baptistery, the spaces of the market, the terrace on the river, the harbor area and, not least, the access and parking driveway. Opposed to this fragmentation is a strong intention of unity.

Davide Longhi
Edited by Veneto Region – IT