The importance of imagination


At this point we need to find concrete ideas to work on for the terrace. Last time, in class, we discussed a lot about that and we highlighted some points such as the importance of its safety, of lighting and the possible uses community should made of it. In my opinion, we should start from its strengths such as the beautiful view and the fact that it seems to host naturally any kind of event due to its conformation; it is an open space opposed to the streets and lanes nearby. We should work maybe on the ground first, covering it with some artificial grass or something that prevents people hurting from falling or slipping. We should add some seats of course to allow people enjoy the astonishing view or even a table to study on it (a lot of students go there!).

Also we should figure out what the community think about further usage because, as we’ve read in the Anirban Adhya’s article about Jane Jacobs, we have always to think first at what the “real experts” (the people) think about the place they live in. I find ironical that the most criticized woman by architects and academics has been one of the greaest innovators of the century concering urban studies. The apparent lack of academic knowledge allowed her to focus on an inversion of perspective that focuses first on the funcion rather than the form, unifying two elements that have been disjuncted for too long: professional knowledge and local knowledge. We should apply her ecological approach to the terrace and figure out what community thinks will be the best usage of it using her dialecting of confirmation and interrogation. The terrace should rappresent a collective vision of this spot in the neighborod.

I loved the project presented by former students, i really appreciated how many elements they’ve put in the same place: a place for childrens, for friends, for lovers, a place to sit and look at the city, a place to read, to speak, to have fun. That’s the key in my opinion. As placemaking has a context-sensitive and flexible vision, we should create a terrace opened to changes, able to host multiple activities. I also liked the idea of putting a panel with a short photo gallery of the city (or maybe of the neighborod!) to make people awere of other beautiful places they can find around.

I imagine that place hosting a painting exibitiohn en plein air as well as a good aperitivo initiative supported by local pubs/clubs; something like “aperitivo on the terrace” (or maybe a “tea on the terrace”, i love so much the tee T-Train staff offered us!). The importance of art and music for me is really important because it gives the possibility to know new people in the era of social network where everyone is connected with so many people but, in the majority of cases, is so alone and reluctant or scared to know anyone in real life. Places like this give to people the opportunity to talk about things, to express themselves, to share ideas that may lead to the creation of something new and, as it keeps going, you will feel this place as your place, you will be more prone to take care of it (which is one of the most important factors expressed by the PPS).

 This terrace has a really great potential, we need to think more about its further usage. Let’s see what goes on after Tuesday! We’ll keep you informed :)

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