Metropolis without density


MWD – Metropolis without density – The Veneto Case


Freek Persyn (51N4E)

Ambra Fabi

Giovanni Piovene (Salottobuono)


Student:  Vitor Pessoa Colombo

Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio – Spring Semester 2012


obstacle bike car mobility




On mobility : Inhabitants, landscape and civitas

In a place where the personal automobile colonises the public spaces ( Hard mobility infrastructures ) and where the sparse built environment ignores the surrounding venetian campagna ( Present disruptive infrastructures) , it becomes necessary to reconsider the way people live and experience the territory.

The project hereby proposes an alternative mobility web, favoring a softer transit (pedestrians, cyclists and eventually new, small, green-vehicles) which allows more interaction with the rich but forgotten green areas. Moreover, this new mobility model aims to foster encounters by gathering inhabitants around better public spaces, hence promoting the sense of community and common realm that may lack in a society shaped and built by individual motivations.

Mobility behavior


Evolving context, flexible design

Considering the fast changes that have taken place – and that will take place – in the Camposampierese in terms of land use, along with the political complexities such large scale intervention must face, the design proposed could not be final ; it had to allow later adjustments and extensions.

Therefore, the design consists in a system that offers great number of possible paths where some are to be selected under common agreement between citizens, land-owners and politicians to become part of the new mobility web that extends through the Camposampierese and even further. The base to stablish this « paths palette » are the pre-existing rural paths, used now by farmers and hard to access from public roads.

The chosen paths certainly need to be adapted to the new users ; their ground is hence reinforced by a strong net that intertwines with the vegetation, forming a green band that naturally signalises the path over the soil.

1.1 Soft mobility potential

2.1 Bringing connectedness


Enhancing connectedness

This intervention improves the connectedness between towns in the Camposampierese, so far very dependent on the personal car and dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians as the present soft mobility infrastructure is chronically disruptive and insufficient.

Moreover, this new infrastructure benefits not only the leisure and tourism activities, but above all the daily commutes from house to work that could be done, let’s say, by bike instead of car. It is about bringing a progressive change to the present mobility behaviour, leading it towards a more sustainable model, environmentally and socially.


Road cross 

Joining river

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