Author: Luca Vacchini, Vince Marchetto, Agnes Galama
Function: Urban Planning
Site location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Institution: Delft University of Technology
The project “Videira Urbana” is an urban intervention on an extensive part of the city of Sao Paolo. The project attempts to exploit the existing possibilities offered by a really problematic area of the town by designing an entirely new way of relating infrastructures with each other within a complex system of open spaces. The idea behind the entire proposal is the willingness to intervene on a dense and congested neighborhood, tackling the problems related to the lack of connection between the different existing hubs and the absence of designed open spaces, without having a destructive impact on the built environment of the site. The strategy has a broad view and tries to integrate the intervention at all the different scales and with the main macro-project of the Hydroanel bordering the area at its north side. The proposal has a complex and differentiated aim, which has the ambition of reconverting the traditional horizontal disposition of the interconnection between infrastructures into a layered punctual and more efficient system of facilities’ distribution. These new nodes (acting on three different scales: Macro, Meso and Micro) are the main actors of the design proposal and in the structure of the intervention they become the magnetic attractors for the open spaces framework that integrates the functions of connecting the entire plan. The complexity and flexibility of this design are the key elements that make “Videira Urbana” an A-Scalar project that has the concrete possibility to intervene with a solid and concrete act on multiple issues concerning the Regional, Urban and Local level. These different aspects of the project all play a specific role in reaching the final goal of restructuring the mobility and the urban tissue of Sao Miguel. The final aim of the entire intervention is to concretely create an extensive and pronged network of open spaces that, by beginning with the specifically designed, will integrate into the urban grid and enable a new way of living in the open space and public realm. This first goal will be supported and integrated with the creation of nine new nodes, all with specific and different functions. This will be able to revitalize the entire system of transportation of the urban fragment by commencing development at the different intersections between this previously mentioned green structure and the existing lanes of transportation.