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The five hills Greenway

A run through the forest

 

New York 2011

 




Concept: The fabric of Manhattan, woven with intersecting Streets and Avenues and blocks that flow one into the next, reflects on the East River.

A lane about 2km long is the functional infrastructure to an alternative path, a long greenway running along the river parallel to the island of Manhattan, like a hinge closing the gap between the 34th Street  and the 60th Street .

The greenway runs the length of 33 blocks, with 20 platforms on the water along the way, open spaces in alternative to the city streets, away from the noise, where one can rediscover the pleasure of sociality or that of silence. 

Seven entrances to three pre-existing pedestrian areas provide access to the greenway dedicated exclusively to pedestrians, cyclists, and other forms of alternative transportation.

To act as protagonists along the way are the five hills (standing for the five boroughs of New York City), each the size of a city block, counterpoints to the island of Manhattan as a reflection of its modernity and a reminder of its nature. Entirely covered by large trees, they evoke the image that appeared to Henry Hudson in 1609 when for the first time he saw Mannahatta, "the island of many hills," as the natives living there called it.

Coming out of the FDR station onto 37th Street, heading towards the Queensboro Bridge, visitors can enter a world apart but secure, detached from the city yet full of life, a path devoted entirely to alternative mobility immersed in the extreme naturalness of the hills and at the same time marked by great gardens, paths, and areas dedicated to sport, play, and socializing.

Through a careful selection of indigenous trees, juxtaposing those present historically with those present today, the project aims to create a natural habitat, an ecological corridor for animal and plant species and an unspoiled environment for those who pass through it.

Trees are an essential factor for environmental sustainability in every major city: forests in the city improve air and water quality, mitigate climate change, improve neighborhoods, reduce energy costs, lower summer temperatures, preserve wildlife habitats, and increase biodiversity.

New York City's urban forest totals over 5 million trees and 168 species. The people of New York consider green spaces and trees as essential components of their city.

The project closes on 60th street with a contrasting gesture: a tropical greenhouse under the East River Pavilion sculpture, overlooking the water like a bubble floating through space, alien to its context, protected in its casing.

It is a tribute to the knowledge and respect for biodiversity.

This project has been slected for the exhibition at the Architecture College , University of Houston

City&Brand Landscape

 

 

Triennale Milano 

 

I AM A TREE is a landscaping project aimed at the realization of a park memorial.

It is aimed at those who want to remember their loved ones in a beautiful place capable of undoing the distance between the world of the dead and those of the living, and to those who recognize in the trees the symbol of the life that regenerates.

It is an urban park open to everyday use where religious cults and secular spiritualities live in respect and communion of the memory of those who are no longer among us.

The park was designed to give free of charge, and in compliance with current regulations, the scattering of the ashes resulting from the cremation or dumping of ecological and biodegradable urnees. In close proximity to the scattered areas, a tree can be planted in accordance with the landscaping and design of the park

Hortus in Tabula

An edible garden 

 

Genova 2011

 

Project awarded

Concept: A garden where there is nothing to eat is unimaginable, so our garden is a place where every gesture has a meaning and where beauty,

harmony, and color exhilarate the senses and satisfy hunger.Flowers and vegetables come together, all beautiful and all edible, so there's no need to think about whether a blossom is supposed to be eaten or just admired.

In the traditional Italian garden, flowers were cultivated along with the vegetables, so they could be collected and brought fresh to adorn the table when they day's vegetables were brought in to serve to guests.

Hence the inspiration for the design of 'Hortus in tabula', a table that brings to mind the very purpose of the garden, where the beautiful and the appetizing blend together amongst fruit and flowers always at our fingertips, where the table serves as the proliferator of perpetual production,

like an eternal Spring.

As per tradition, the space is divided geometrically in separate beds, but not in squares like the four corners of the universe in hortus conclusus.  These beds are triangular, evocative of the four elements that form the basis of the order of things and of 'organization of the Universe': an equilateral triangle for earth, scalene for air, isosceles for fire, and right for water. Four elements that merge together like the seasons, each with their own gifts to bring to the table in a constant evolution of colors, scents, and flavors.

'Hortus in tabula' thus evokes the image of an eternal banquet that offers wild fruits and returns our dedication, patience, and love. It symbolizes the gathering, conviviality, and friendship. It brings us back to an ancient ritual.

And what better place to eat than in a garden?

HortoLana

Horto Contest Lanificio Factory 

 

Rome | Italy 2013

 

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