Andrea and Alessandro measuring the right of way with children from the neighborhood

The workshop is over and it was an awesome experience, “A short week with long days” as Tine said. And we made the front page of the ‘regional’ section of the newspaper! 

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA Working hard in our studio [the council chamber of the Verdellino town hall]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA Guest professor Luigi giving our ‘Connectivity’ group some inputGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA My computer was so overwhelmed by the gigantic Illustrator files I had to keep it on the A/C unit to do anything.

On Saturday, July 5th, we presented to the community and got a lot of constructive feedback [Italians love to talk]. The community was very excited to see our vision and the synergy we were attempted to nurture. The presentation started at 11am [half an hour late], and lasted until almost 2pm. We were up until 2am on Thursday night, and 5am on Friday before the presentation.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA Deni introducing us at the presentation; the graphics below are snippets from my group’s portion of the presentation — but the entire presentation was much more in-depth and included two other groups’ analysis and vision.Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 10.42.42 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 10.43.03 PM A graphic representation of Deni’s livability metricsScreen Shot 2014-07-07 at 10.43.16 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 10.43.28 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 10.43.37 PM We measured relationships in the area and used street sections to call out both good and bad parts of the existing conditionsScreen Shot 2014-07-07 at 10.43.57 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 10.44.04 PM Opportunities and constraints of Piazza Affari [our area of focus] were also analyzed in planScreen Shot 2014-07-07 at 10.44.32 PM New PlanNew vision of Piazza Affari in a simple rendering and in plan; this plan includes the Pedemontana to the west [a highway that is planned], proposed new buildings highlighted in red [a theater, mixed-use, parking], a pedestrianization of the current plaza with added benches and tables, and a reorganization of the street to the southeast.

There was so much to do, and it does not feel finished, but it was an amazing experience to use design to mediate different interests in this community — and to give a vision, and possibly a kernel of hope for the future.

Now: Stockholm!