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Project goals

Why the “Fondaco”?
Until the XVII century the fortune of Venice has been linked to its connections with the East, thanks to which it imported sciences, arts and crafts.
With the success of sea transport and the resulting widening of the trade channels from the Mediterranean to the Oceans and specifically to the Atlantic, a process of constant decline began from the early nineties of last century, and then developed into the decline of the entire West.
The barycentre of the scientific and economic progress has in fact moved first along the American Atlantic coast and more recently it rapidly involved the oriental countries.
The project suggests to select an “oriental “Fondaci”” space as a unit able to attract culture and eastern experiences in order to trigger a new development cycle involving the West.
This space is localized in the ex industrial platforms of Marghera Port that should become the innovation vanguard in the north east, bridge between West and East and one of the European Union’s qualified platforms dedicated to the refounding of its relation system.
2010 will be the year of China in Italy; this opportunity should be taken to propose a system of new fondaci, re-interpreting a historical Venetian core settlement system, a clone of the oriental caravanserai.
Thanks to new fondaci the Venetian metropolitan system would regain its role as a hinge between West and East.
The design of system of fondaci will be developed at urban scale in the Intensive Programme Erasmus Workshop as well as the design in detail of a “Fondaco” hypothetically placed at the lagoon frontline.


The project space
The spatial area where to localize the system of fondaci shall be articulated among Torino street, Mestre, Marghera Port and Marittima thus qualifying as a system able to re-interpret the new metropolis, connecting the historical commercial side (the Marittima), the declining industrial side (Marghera Port), the new executive city (Torino street), the new regional centre (Mestre). Thanks to the new interventions we hypothesise to transform a slowly declining provincial system into a pole, driver of new world relationships.
The urban and building design will be inspired to the foundations of sustainability, therefore they will be based on the stimulus of processes of social cohesion, on the synergy between natural and physical resources, where the pressure of the new intervention will not exceed the capacity of biotic production of the territory and the waste will be lower than the capacity for absorption of the territory.

Main territorial elements:

  • Business District on Torino street-Vega technological centre, connecting Laguna palace dock (on the channel linking the Mestre downtown with the lagoon) with the new technological centre (enlargement of Vega tech centre) and Cà Foscari University new campus;
  • Porto Marghera ex industrial platforms that has to be rehabilitated;
  • Environmental system made up S.Giuliano park and Forte Marghera, symbol of context rehabilitation policy;
  • Lagoon water system,  which has to be reclaimed with the scope of environmental rehabilitation.


A sustainble project
The urban and building design will be inspired to the foundations of sustainability, therefore they will be based on the stimulus of processes of social cohesion, on the synergy between natural and physical resources, where the pressure of the new intervention will not exceed the capacity of biotic production of the territory and the waste will be lower than the capacity for absorption of the territory.
The founding elements of the project are:

  • Holistic organization: The project shall be fed trough the contributions of various entities that shall participate in the laboratory, it shall develop a system of circular relations overcoming the traditional linear sequence;
  • Praxis of cooperative work: The goal is to form a community pointing at attaining the same scope, using the opportunities of the interactive media tools. In this process the professors are at the same time leaders and facilitators;
  • identity of goals: bringing about a society open to knowledge and to the exchange among the diverse cultures;
  • reinterpreting the materials of the project thanks to the synergies between atoms (matter) and bit (instruments of communication):
  1. concerning the matter, the project shall points to its reduced use during the entire life cycle of the urban plan and of the building designing; 
  2. concerning the communication the project shall incorporate the traditional physical elements into new immaterial supports, thus contributing to the establishment of the ubiquitous city.

 

Driving forces of the project shall be:

  • recognizing the potential of the natural resources of the context, through the study of their metabolism;
  • proposals for their revaluation in order to put a remedy to their quantitative and qualitative shortage;
  • study of technologically innovative solutions, paying particular attention to the possibilities of dematerialization offered by the immaterial technologies;
  • the calibration of the project based on the quantitative and qualitative needs of the population.
  • As reference cases one may assume the experiences of One Planet as concerns the urban project and of the Vertical Farm as concerns the building.