DEPICTING AN ENDURING VOID IN THE DIFFUSED CITY
by Monica Bramanti, Beatrice Galimberti, Francesco Magni, Anna B. Rossi, and Alice Tafuri
Urban studies Course, Architecture-Building Architecture M.Sc. II year, Politecnico di Milano, A.Y. 2012-2013
Professor Alessandro Mingolo
During the first part of the course the dense and compact system of Northen Italy was divided in 24 N-S 30 km sections, each team was asked to do an interpretative description of a stripe of territory, just looking inside of it.
We faced one of western stripes. It was widely occupied by Canavese, one of the only two low density territories in North of Italy. The reason of the low density is due to the presence of excellence agriculture typologies.
Po valley conurbation is the third most dense region in the world, thus our case was to be considered as an exception, a sort of enduring void. We decided to work on the antinomies empty/dense, scattered/compact; we explored them through the topics of mobility and settlements; and we envisaged a sort of “joints and disjoints”design scenario, in order to understand how to preserve the Canavese low density territories quality and value.
At this phase we were asked to work only with two dimensional plans. We respected the task but we introduced the use of multiple scales, in order not to consider just one point of view on the territory.