Arriving to Santa Margherita Ligure from the sea, one remains deeply impressed by the openness and vitality of its port: it still evokes the historical relationship between the city and the sea catalysing the social, economic and environmental life.
Our idea is to re-naturalize the coast, capturing the natural benefits of the wind and the sea, while imbuing the city, life of the inhabitants, and tourists with its life-affirming benefits throughout the seasons. In this context the waterfront is the location for a new and intimate relationship between the city and the sea, a great opportunity for a new model of urban development characterized by environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
If you reach Rapallo from the sea, you will be deeply impressed by the vitality of its waterfront: it still evokes the historical relationship sea-town catalyzing the social living, economic and environmental and does not need new signs or icons. The master plan aim is to reveal the identity of Rapallo, revitalizing the relation sea-city through the natural extension of the existing beach with some new features that inhabit the sea: yachting services, beaches, bars, restaurants and a new auditorium.
In collaboration with Urban Lab, the study defines the guidelines of the eastern seafront of Genoa from Piazzale Kennedy to Nervi. It outlines the approach, objectives and design parameters of future interventions that will affect this stretch of the coast. This is according to a coherent sustainable development model that creates the conditions for a new opening of the city towards the sea and a correct interaction between the city and the sea.
The design of the new Lido di Genova is presented as a strategic opportunity for renewal of the waterfront of Genoa. This development triggers a pulsing organism capable of creating the conditions for a new opening of the city towards the sea and a correct ratio of natural interaction between the city and the sea. Environmental restoration requires the re-naturalization of the shoreline through demolishing the current thick layer of cement, and subsequently the creation of a continuous garden.
The design approach for the requalification of Marina Grande waterfront in Arenzano aimed to the re-naturalization of old structures built on a pre-existing railway. In the sixties the concrete structure invaded the waterfront as an “eco-monster” for a distance of three hundred meters.