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Water and Asphalt

Water and Asphalt

The Project of Isotrophy in the Metropolitan Area of Venice

By (author) Paola Vigano
By (author) Bernardo Secchi
By (author) Lorenzo Fabian


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  • Venice is an exemplary metropolitan area with regard to the increasing separation of residential and industrial neighbourhoods
  • Presents solutions for the design of isotropy urban spaces
  • Contributions by international experts
  • The latest volume in the renowned UFO: Explorations of Urbanism series
Full Description

Water and Asphalt proposes a project of extended requalification for the territories of settlement dispersion and diffusion; a project on a territorial scale and imagined in a context of economic, social, and environmental crisis. To indicate its principal characteristics, the research study uses the term Project of Isotropy. The metropolitan area of Venice, criss-crossed by dense networks of roads and waterways, is the test case for imagining the concept.

The Project of Isotropy is the acknowledgement of a territorial specificity, a scenario to be investigated in its manifold consequences, and a design hypothesis that can be concretely devised in terms of intervention regarding the water system, roads and public transport, alternative mobility, forms of diffused welfare, innovative agriculture, and the decentralised production of energy. The hypothesis is that new conditions now exist for re-devising the isotropic space in the Metropolitan area of Venice.

About the Author
Paola Vigano is an architect and urbanist and a Professor of Urbanism at IUAV University of Venice and of Urban Theory and Urban Design at EPFL in Lausanne. Bernardo Secchi is Professor Emeritus at IUAV University of Venice. Lorenzo Fabian is an architect and urban planner and a researcher in Urbanism at IUAV University of Venice.
Park Books
22nd Jun 2016
Paperback / softback
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
250 mm x 150 mm
240 Pages
216 color, 79 b&w
Name of series
UFO: Explorations of Urbanism
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