MADE IN GOA, A guide to the hybrid city, has as its objective, the study of the relationship between the construction of the city of Genoa and the development of its infrastructure system. The thesis of this book is that you can locate, in the modern history of the city, a number of parallels between urban growth, development and implementation of infrastructure concept. Genoa is a paradigmatic case in which works of territorial infrastructure and architectural works, designed to the scale of man, continually exchange role, nullifying certain situations the difference between the two systems.
At a time like the one we live in, in which the territory has become a finite non-renewable resource, it is necessary to imagine a new generation of urban projects that maximize the use of land, without consuming again. The history of the city of Genoa provides extremely enlightening testimony on the use of hybrid infrastructure systems to retrieve building land, have maximum building potential, saturating the gaps and developing solutions to overlapping multiple levels.
Made in GOA comes from a cataloging and research work that continues for more than twenty years, the base of which is the enumeration of over a hundred of hybrid systems arose spontaneously or as a result of a clear engineering or architectural project, on the territory of Genoa. What is presented in the book published by SAGEP is only part of a broader classification work and constantly updated; a selection of paradigmatic cases certificates of some of the major infrastructure systems of the city: the railway line, the overpass Aldo Moro Road, the Circonvallazione a Monte, Corso Italia, the old Aqueduct, the Autostrada A10, Corso Europa. Every project becomes an opportunity to explore the potential derived from the overlap of the infrastructure system with the natural, whether it is the need to take up space in the sea, that kind of income by cutting or knocking over the hill. The result are autonomous organizations on the one hand, but unable to function effectively without the presence infrastructure that generated them: it’s stairs, elevators, ramps, bridges, piers, funiculars that become simultaneously public spaces, car parks, commercial premises, houses, restaurants, gardens and tree-lined avenues. It’s the opportunity for the designer to give the compositional rules or regulations that discipline has given him, for ibridarle with insights and solutions that only an area like that of Genoa may suggest.