GENOA PORT, ITALY, GENOA, 1997
Urban masterplan for the areas Fiumara San Benigno and Ponte Parodi in the port of Genoa.
The port of Genoa is the geophysical condition, beautifully located on the slopes of the coastal mountains the city overlooks the Mare Ligure and the harbour. There the steep seashore forces the city and the harbour to coexist on the same stretch of coast. Result is the historical city in front of an ever modernising harbour: nostalgia facing the pure contemporary condition. So we realised that no conventional waterfront rehabilitation could be the answer.
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As by magic the economic growth of South East Asia has forced the re-emergence of Genoa as an important European harbour. This is the incentive for a drastic change in the scope and the ambition. Our plan proposes an aggressive welcome to the new condition: the further improvement of the harbour, preparing quays for more berth and the newest logistics for ships, cranes, trains and lorries. At the same time our plan proposes to reclaim Genoa’s relationship with the seaboard.

After the outward expansion of the post war era Genoa is forced to expand and improve on actually occupied territory. Genoa has the chance - almost non existent in Italy - to restructure an area central in the city, important to both civic life and economic activity.

We propose a combination of manipulations; efficient infrastructure and logistics restructure a former infrastructure clot, freeing land for new program. Mutual exchange of territory between city and harbour improve conditions for development. The introduction of port related manufacturing and assemblage allows the city to generate income from the passing flow of commodities between sea and hinterland.
FACT SHEET
Project:
Urban masterplan for Fiumara San Benigno and Ponte Parodi in the port of Genoa

Client:
City of Genoa

Year:
1997

Status:
Competition

Type:
Masterplan

Location:

Genoa, Italy

Site:
Genoa Harbour: Fiumara, San Benigno, Ponte Parodi

Program:
Connection between harbour and inner city, redefinition of former industrial sites and renovation of the embankments


COLLABORATORS
Engineers:
Han Ligteringen, De Weger Engineers