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 basic principles of the project belong to the more general ones already drawn up by Urban Lab and Renzo Piano, which underline that the development of the city must focus on a renewed physical and visual relationship with the sea. The coast (the interface city–sea) is a limited resource, so precious, to preserve and celebrate. The planning instrument is the Renzo Piano “blue line”, along which conditions of visibility, accessibility and public enjoyment of the sea must meet together. Some “urban rays” between the city and the sea have been then identified to create with the blue line a continuum between the east-west and city-sea, to sew up the existing green and to enhance public paths along the coast offering new places of urban sociability. The study also provides a functional program based on a mix of activities that generate new synergies with the city throughout the year and week, in tune with the delicate balance of urban, social, economic and environmental aspects of Genoa. The design themes have been more specifically identified (city beach, promenade, terraces, passages down to the sea, public shoreline, the visual analysis), developed separately using images and references and then applied on a general plan divided by intervention ambits.
OBR design team:
Paolo Brescia e Tommaso Principi
Value Services S.r.l.
2009 Guide lines