Blueprint represents a concrete vision of urban, port and social development proposed by Renzo Piano for the city of Genoa. The aim is to overcome the gap between city and sea caused by the growth of the port after World War II, providing the city with new spaces and activities able to create jobs and development.
With the aim of redesigning the portion of the city that goes from Porta Siberia to Punta Vagno, the competition aims to draw a harmonious relationship between the port and the city, connecting the Old Port to the Fair area. With a process in which it is water that appropriates its space, and not the other way around, the intervention aims to make the Ligurian capital more attractive and liveable, supporting the shipbuilding sector, re-launching the nautical sector and redeveloping the former areas exhibitions, through the upgrading of potentially disused strategic spaces. Divided into 5 intervention lots, the object of the competition concerns the design of two buildings with mixed use (residential, commercial, directional and receptive), a pedestrian bridge, the construction of a sports hall and the reorganization of the entire system of the docks.
REACT, in collaboration with the Architect Daniela Defilla, participated in the competition through an innovative and strongly competitive approach, compared to the criteria related to conventional design. Implementing the BIM project resolved the complexities involved in the intervention and verified the inconsistencies.
Developed entirely in BIM, the project involved rebuilding the urban void consisting of the former Fair with the Old Port and then the rest of the city. New residential structures have been designed to support the revitalization of the area, triggering a mechanism of economic and labour growth also for the immediately adjacent areas. Commercial spaces dedicated to different activities, mainly related to crafts and maritime and port services, are intended to generate new jobs and trade flows towards the sea, returning to the area its original vocation. Finally, the new directional and receptive services envisaged in the area of the former fair will allow the creation of a new polarity from the tourism point of view, foreseeing future scenarios of economic development and increase in receptivity.