PIAZZA M. D'AVIANO

San Polo di Piave, Treviso
Team: Massimo Galeotti, Giuseppe Passuello

The project covers an area of 2,000 m2 that encompasses also a share of the riparian zone on the left side of the river Lia. The site is a focal point of San Polo di Piave, being the crossover from the center of the town to the neighboring countryside, prefiguring a possible touristic trail of the river and the plain, the beating heart of the Piave vineyard.

The design of the external space sprawling in front of the square wants to be the structural element fostering the active role of the citizens in taking possession of the area, rather than just a way to fill an empty space between the buildings that surround it. Hence, the structure is simple and easily manageable: external spaces are defined by shapes, textures and colors that rouse the users from indifference, allowing them to create the place itself, by attaching to it a complex pattern of feelings and perceptions. The project features four key elements:
THE MOVEMENT SPACE, realized by means of a wooden trail allowing an easy walk on the gentle slopes of the riparian stripe. It is possible to walk beneath the trees and get closer to the river, feeling the beauty of the surrounding nature.

AN INSTALLATION designed for recreational and leisure purposes. Its structure is easy to access and control, and represents a visual link between the historical center of the town and the starting point of the trail.

THE SQUARE AREA, characterized by the creation of an urban garden via the punctual positioning of different tree species on the area, is strictly connected with the square’s buildings, but at the same time linked to the adjoining green spaces.

THE RIPARIAN STRIPE, realized by planting a wide variety of hydrophilic plants in specific and selected spots. By its own nature, the river is a green corridor that can support and enhance biodiversity, when correctly and sustainably developed.

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