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  1. Genova Green Strategy
    Genova | Italy

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    Genova Green Strategy is a strategy aimed at increasing public green spaces and restructuring public spaces in Genova. The document establishes a series of objectives aimed at increasing soil permeability, mitigating environmental risks and redefining the relationship between city and nature.
    The strategy proposes a new interpretation of the city and defines guidelines and pilot projects for the design of open spaces in the short, medium and long term.
    A large urban forestry project where thousands of new trees and green spaces are organised according to qualitative and quantitative criteria.
    The ambition is to provide the city with a strategic document capable of transforming Genova into an international reference in redefining the relationship between nature and city, an example to follow in terms of mitigating hydrogeological risks and adapting to climate change.

    Multiple urban morphologies coexist in Genova; not only the various local identities of its neighbourhoods, but distinct and autonomous morphologies alternate, narrating the encounter -sometimes conflictual- between the natural territory and the built city.
    Genova is interpreted as a complex puzzle where 6 cities alternate: the “plain city”, the “uphill city”, the “archipelago city”, the “garden city”, the “agricultural city”, the “compact city”.

    Genova Green Strategy defines the guidelines that enable to act on all the districts of the city. The neighbourhoods themselves become a permeable, porous and performative green infrastructure, capable of functioning as a diffuse and capillary ecological network

    Genova Green Strategy defines a system of priorities that includes ongoing development and regeneration projects and, at the same time, identifies a series of new possible interventions.

    The coastal system, the valleys system and two large “parks” are identified: the “Grande Parco Ponente” with a technological vocation, and the “Grande Parco Levante” with an agricultural and cultural one. The strategy also identifies a number of “gates”, linking spaces of various natures that connect the city with the hinterland. All together these systems reorient the traditional perception of Genova as mere seaside city, towards an articulated and complex urban reality, which has in its diversity of landscapes its essential identity.



  2. Abstract
    Genova | Italy

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    Abstract is a terrazzo concrete that unites the precious and the mundane.
    The white concrete mixture contains fragments of several types of marble, as in the best tradition of this flooring, historically considered elegant and refined. Such minerals are combined with scraps of different nature. Brass bars and glass fragments add reflective power and transparency, making Abstract a reused material that combines everyday objects with precious stones.
    This material can be seen as an urban fossil, where each fragment has specific characteristics, different geographical origins and a story to tell.
    Abstract becomes a mineral anthology, where each piece witnesses an equally important point of view: from marble to broken glasses.




  3. Parco del Ponte
    Genova | Italy

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    The “Parco del Ponte” is not a single park: the park is made up of five distinct parks that alternate and intertwine, responding to the articulated complexity of Polcevera Valley. The project responds to the different -rather conflicting- identities of the valley, proactively avoiding any forced simplification which wouldn’t pay respect to the multiple souls of the site and the city. The community, the river, the industry, the railway and the hills are the elements that emerge as layers of a juxtapose palimpsest of a valley that has been and -must continue to be- one of the main driving forces of a city that seeks re-birth.


    The “Parco del Ponte” is a large-scale urban strategy that proposes to intervene in the urban fabric with micro-interventions in order to generate a new urban structure centered around public space and ecology.
    A thoughtful approach that addresses a bottom-up multi-folded strategy which complements the necessary top down approach of the infrastructural reality of the valley.



    The project responds to the different -rather conflicting- identities of the valley, proactively avoiding any forced simplification which wouldn’t pay respect to the multiple souls of the site and the city


    The project doesn’t challenge nor mimic the large-scale infrastructure of the new bridge but -rather, it looks downwards at the intimate human scale of the district life

    The “Parco del Ponte” are an opportunity to consolidate a fragile territory by stabilizing hilly slopes, reducing river flood hazard and reclaiming a soil that has been polluted by the presence of over a century of massive industrial production.



    The “Parco del Ponte” has the potential to revive the industrial identity by directing it towards small and medium-sized high-tech companies and thus catalyze the many research realities present in the territory.

  4. Lec­ture | Oct 2016
    Med Net 3 – Resiligence
    Genova | Italy

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    Med.Net 03 Forum, ADD organizes two days of scientific and creative meeting and exchange dedicated to promote a strategic vision about the theme of “resilience” and its innovative approach.
    “The Resili(g)ence meeting proposes to combine “Intelligent Cities” (information, knowledge, projection and adaptation) and “Resilient City” (resistance and recycling, reaction and recovery, renovation and adaptation) in a new sensory condition, sensorized and time sensitive.”


  5. Workshop | Nov 2015
    It Doesn’t Take Much
    Genova | Italy

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    ‘It Doesn’t Take Much!’ workshop aims to prove how minimal interventions can change the perception of spaces and the their usability and how we can trigger spontaneous use of the space with low-cost and easy to implement measures. The workshops intent is to directly intervene in the public space of the historical center of Genova, observing and documenting with documentary film technique, how the interventions effect people’s behaviours.













  6. Lecture | Oct 2014
    Parco+ Villa Croce
    Genova | Italy

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    ‘Parco+, an urban park for Villa Croce’ is a design workshop that was held in Genoa, Italy, between the 22 and 26 September 2014.
    A series of conferences and lectures have been integral part of the workshop. Guests have deepen into their experience in art, architecture and landscape; amongst others: Francesco Garofalo and Barbara Costantino (Openfabric, Rotterdam), Valter Scelsi (Scuola Politecnica di Genova), Alberto Gianfreda (Accademia di Brera), Stefano larotonda (USI-Mendrisio), il collettivo ICAR65, Luca Bochicchio (Ph.D, storico dell’arte contemporanea e curatore), Splace (Genova), Luca Depietri (Pro-Helvetia, Locarno), Paolo Basso (D’Appolonia, Genova), Anna Martinelli (Italfim, Bergamo)

  7. Lecture | May 2015
    Genova University
    Genoa | Italy

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    The University of Genoa has invited us to lecture about our experience in the market as a young office. By describing our business model, the markets in the different countries we are working in and our projects, we gave an overview of what Openfabric did in its first 3 years and the direction we intent to overtake for the coming times.


  8. Via XX Settembre
    Genova | Italy

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    The project “Living in the City in the City” is the outcome of the international design competition organized by the Municipality of Genoa for the enhancement of Via XX Settembre.
    The elimination of private traffic on Via XX Settembre becomes an opportunity for Genoa to create new places to live in the city within the city, generating urban gravitations and reverberating existing functions in the neighbourhood.
    In addition to rethink the system of mobility referring to functional and logistical requirements of traders and residents, the project produces a system of urban relationships stretched on the axis of Via XX Settembre, through a series of new polarities detected at the cross-roads, developing three themes: Culture – Information – Meeting. The idea of the project promotes a strong sense of self-identification by the Genoese, recovering the essential meaning of living seen as taking care of their city.
    As the inhabitant lives his own home, so the citizen lives his own city: Via XX Settembre becomes the “urban living-room” where a renewed community can share their own identities.
    In this sense the project fosters a process of urban renewal with expanded benefits on the body of the city (in terms of real estate development also), rediscovering Via XX Settembre as a very urban place, with strong environmental and social values.



    Social gravities are a variety of attractions spread along the boulevard. They are gathering points for people and their influence is reflected in the design which unfolds and adapt accordingly. Stages, wi-fi areas, benches and bus stops are just few of the ‘episodes’ that will re-activate the central pedestrian axis.