Project: Giovanni Vaccarini (architectural design), Francesca di Giannantonio, Berardo Matalucci, Elisa Montalti, Fabiano Spano
Chronology: project: 2008
Realization: 2008 -2009
Staff: Alice Cerigioni, Maria Josè Loffredo, Attilio Mauri, Marco Zitti
Consultants: Giacinto Damiani, Maria Chiara Nardi, Enrico Crobu
The old town of Teramo resembles a rigid city that consumes land and resources. Though it takes its name from its "Interamnia" location (between two rivers) the city appears to have forgotten its waterways, whose presence is almost never perceived. The project begins with the concept of the landscape to manipulate the material offered by the city. The old town appears to have been contaminated by natural elements that, when uncontrolled, take possession of ruins and walls, transfiguring them. Beginning with the cancellation of the traditional distinction between natural and artificial, the project focuses on the "empty spaces between objects" in order to study a network of ecological corridors, nodes and open spaces with a view toward the creation of a sustainable environment.
On one hand the city unfolds, on the other nature enters it, creating a natural-artificial system, a living organism in space and time that develops through processes of grafting: a landscape composed of plants and water, coming from the river parks, gradually takes possession of the city in the form of filaments, nodes and surfaces. The urban strategy intervenes at this stage to revitalize the entire organism and identify a method of transformation that can be applied in other parts of the city.
The project works to overcome the net and linear separation between the spaces of the river parks and areas of the city.
The ruptures existing today will be bridged by a system of sutures that mend discontinuous spaces thanks to the green filter.
The project develops in space through the process of the graft, laying down roots: the landscape begins to take possession of the city ??through filaments, nodes, landscaped horizontal and vertical surfaces. Water enters from the river parks into the soil, modifying and giving new meaning to different spaces. Grafted onto the soil are a series of superimposed levels (the so-called 5 cities) referred to new materials and different urban uses:
1. urban landscaping;
2. water system;
3. clean and renewable energy;
4. network of squares with articulated uses;
5. accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.
Thanks to the creation of a system of ecological areas, the city will finally return to record the passage of time and the growth of a living organism, in a perspective of environmental sustainability.