VPM Railway Station Area II

Federico Celia, Andrea De Lorenzo, Daniel Mc Manus, Filippo Vendrame

Our project area reveals an inherent contradiction. On one hand, the infrastructure has a unifying role in joining the island territory of Venice with the mainland; on the other, it constitutes a dividing line and generates multiple fractures within the cluttered development that has historically occurred between Mestre and Marghera. We deem fundamental to understand how this infrastructure creates barriers not only from a physical point of view, but also socially and environmentally. We also believe that these urban segments do not need to be connected since such interaction has never been claimed by their citizens. However, re-cycling Marghera means to redesign an area which can no longer ignore itself and its contiguous areas.

For these reasons, we believe that the most recent developments that are naturally occurring in the first industrial area, which is continuously more populated by artists, architects and designers, must be implemented or, at least, provided with new infrastructure or with the rehabilitation of the existing one. We maintain that the most appropriate project paths should lead to a soft abatement of the existing social and infrastructure systems. With these collages we have ideally revived the “project for a bridge” by Andrea Palladio: this means that the ratio behind the project should not be limited to a under/over pass, but should instead embrace the concept of architecture as creation of a site.

A similar discourse with regard to the aims can be applied to Via Fratelli Bandiera whose most recent projects have managed to divert industrial traffic caused by heavy goods vehicles and have therefore served as the basis for rethinking the road usage and dimensions. The proposal of a new neighbourhood has thus been put forward and its name indicates, on one hand, the need to focus on environmental quality standards that have long been foregone, whereas, on the other, the will to emphasise that the place has risen from the ashes of post-industrial infrastructure; this will keep the memory alive.


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