Monday, 7 August 2017

la strada

Active during the 1920s and 1930s visionary Genoese civil-engineer and architect Renzo Picasso, we discover via City Lab, was a truly cosmopolitan citizen informing his professions with detailed studies of traffic and infrastructure from great, bustling urban centres all over Europe and North America—drafting fantastic, futuristic diagrams that appreciate the parallel, symbiotic flow of circulation as something stratified, and multi-layered.
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Believing that large cities could be transformed into vertical utopias with good administration, his designs relied heavily on the use of towering skyscrapers—grattanuvole, already familiar to the aspiring architect.
Though perhaps ahead of his time and a cross-town superhighway’s moment has passed for our present (not that other solutions are being proffered) but the overpasses, underpasses and dedicated lanes that are common place may not have been integrated into city planning without Picasso’s appreciation of how complex systems function and intersect and the nature of the snarls and slums to avoid.