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L'Aquila
Mobility spaces & public places

Screens and seats to make the bus stop welcoming

L'Aquila, Monteluco di Roio 2019

data

19 architecture students + 1 psychology student (3 universities) 10 countries (Albania, China, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Italy, Lebanon, Poland, Turkey, Vietnam) 2 phases: preliminary lectures and instructions + 8 design+build days Building box: 12 beams 8,5x8,5 cm, 500 cm long, 40 beams 4x5 cm 500 cm long, 100 planks 10 cm width, 400 cm long. 2,2 cm thick, all in larch wood and iron fittings

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client

Associazione VIVIAMOLAq

 

atelier mobile

Luca Barello, Niccolò Suraci, Cristiano Tosco

 

partners

Politecnico di Torino-DAD: Silvia Gron, curator

Associazione VIVIAMOLAq: Giuseppe Mastrangelo, Matteo De Marco, Federico Eugeni

 

design+build team

Sarah Bahmani, Giorgia Cisotto, Andrés Felipe Cruz Rodriguez, Alessandra Cusanno, Tuan Dao Ngoc, Ernesto Mario Frigerio, Alper Gültekin, Soha Hijazi, Anton Krassa, Gianluca Lama, Ziqi Liang, Flaminia Marafelli, Nicolò Micucci, Fabrizia Muci, Emiljan Prenga, Marta Saniewska, Corrado Scudellaro, Jiapei Song, Difan Yu, Qingwei Zhou

lectures

Carla Bartolozzi, Roberto Giordano e Paolo Mellano (Politecnico di Torino-DAD)

 

safety instructors

Valentino Manni, Corrado Carbonaro e Angela Lacirignola (Politecnico di Torino-LaSTIn), Jana Clerici e Davide Negro (Politecnico di Torino-PREP)

visiting critics

Elena Barthel (Rural Studio, Auburn University), Giacomo Borella (studio Albori), Antonello Alici (Univpm), Lorenzo Netti (Politecnico Di Bari), Fabio Andreassi (Università Di Sassari), Paola Rizzi (Università dell'Aquila)

supported by

Comune de L'Aquila, Ordine degli Architetti PPC della Provincia dell'Aquila

sponsor

Politecnico di Torino-DAD (Fondi per il miglioramento della didattica)

photos

atelier mobile, Associazione VIVIAMOLAq

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How can we transform urban spaces for mobility into open places to host various activities and people of different ages and backgrounds? The public transport stops in L'Aquila, despite their different locations and users, share the common characteristics of being unwelcoming and unconnected to their surroundings. Site visits of three stops, analysis of their physical, social and environmental space, presentation of studies of urban mobility in previous workshops held by VIVIAMOLAq association let to the choice of the design site: the stop at Monteluco di Roio, close to the Engineering Faculty of the University.

The zigzag screens embrace the existing stop and extend the waiting space following the turn of the bus route to offer domesticity to a vast desolate space surrounded by a fascinating landscape: new sitting places, shady areas and windows framing the views of the Appennini mountains. The pale blue inner edges of the openings invite to widen the look towards the surrounding environment.

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