A region of southern Italy is currently calling for sustainable ideas on how to renovate or reuse a stretch of the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway, located between Sicily and Bagnara, with a focus on implementing a renewable energy into the infrastructure. The old highway will be decommissioned and a new highway is set to be built nearby. Currently the jury is still in deliberation and a winner has yet to be decided for the Solar Park South, but being the sleuths that we are, we came across this fascinating proposal for a parasitic city set to take root on the foundations of the highway's bridges. Although the proposal by Ja Studio Inc called 'Slow Uprising' doesn't actually meet the requirements of the competition, we still love the idea of buildings sprouting on a bridge.
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.