Bridgette Meinhold

Parasitic City Takes Over Decommissioned Italian Highway

by , 04/22/11

slow uprising, solar park south, italy, parasitic architecture, ja studio inc, decommissioned highway, green reuse, green design

Ja Studio Inc viewed the original highway as a colossal project that distanced the population from nature. But now that the old project is being decommissioned, it provides an opportunity to reengage the surrounding towns with the valleys and other terrain of the area. Their proposal calls for a gentle ramping platform that connects the top of the bridge to the bottom of the valley floor, with houses and shops built on the bridge to create a new city grounded in the foundation of the old project.

Ja Studio Inc’s Slow Uprising doesn’t meet the rules of the Solar Park South competition, as nothing about their project calls for the use of renewable energy, but given the resuse of a massive piece of infrastructure in their project, they wanted to send in their idea anyway. As Ja Studio partner Behnaz Assadi said, “Our response was not along the requirements of the competition brief, however we sent it for jury review and publication, since we thought it would give a different perspective on the story of the decommissioned highway.” Slow Uprising is also an exploration of a slower paced life, contrasting the fast, frenetic projection the new highway would eventually give way to.

+ Ja Studio Inc

Via Bustler

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  1. Thomas Troelsen August 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Somebody forgot to vector in the aerodynamics of the bridge. It built to widthstand winds under it. Filling the gap with houses, will expose it to stresses which it hasn’t been built for, therefore will collapse inferno-style after one or two storms…

  2. josencarnacao January 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This is the most stupid project I’ve ever seen, after the CD/DVD rewinder machine.
    Are you kidding me? So useless, unsafe and unpractical.
    Human stupidity reached new heights.

  3. kevinj319 March 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Uhhh… knock it down and recycle the steel and concrete???

  4. Futuristic Multi Floor ... October 14, 2010 at 9:48 am

    [...] cultural space) in the north to the National Assembly Building in the south, while creating its own mini city along the way. Inspired by the water strider, the bridge’s overall shape is organic, fluid [...]

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