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TOPIC 2022


RETHINKING VIA EMILIA

CREATIVE GEOGRAPHIES IN PIACENZA

TOPIC

LOL 2022 focuses on the western part of the urban system, along the historical direction of Via Emilia. It’s a complex urban and landscape environment where logistic assets (a very large urban sector of about 2K hectares) are strongly intertwined with productive and commercial areas and with mobility infrastructures. This framework is strongly impacted by the natural corridor of Po River (in the northern edge) and the close agricultural and open areas and is characterised by complex social geographies with different communities that are occupying the areas with diverse intensities.

In this contradictory background, the workshop is called to design global and local architectural and landscape strategies oriented to build a new identity for the area in order to stress a process towards reconnecting with nature.

KEY WORDS

Regeneration | Biodiversity | Depaving | Naturalization | Sustainable design | Urban ecology | Climate change | Water management | Slow mobility

PROGRAM AND METHOD

The 100 registered students, divided into 3 ateliers + 1 a special class in collaboration with UN-Habitat’s MetroHUB initiative. Students will be asked to deliver an urban and landscape multiscalar design. Each atelier will present a vision and a complex design-oriented proposal to test landscape and architectural strategies, enhance the quality of the sites and emphasize new potential connections through the project. Groups of students will daily take part to design ateliers where they will work under the close supervision of experienced teachers and architects.

MORE INFO :

LUIGI GHIRI
Exhibition from 2006
Pictures along the via Emilia

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