Gambassi Terme (Florence) – Project for redevelopment of the urban road system and Via Gramsci

Architects: Marco Facchinetti, Marco Dellavalle

Category: Urban planning

Date: 2007

City: Gambassi Terme (FI)

Client: Comune di Gambassi Terme (FI)

Tags: Urban Planning, Redevelopment, Traffic, Road System

Urban Planning

Subsequent to formulation of the urban traffic plan for Gambassi Terme, the actions and policies envisaged were tried and tested through implementation in a project for the redevelopment of Via Gramsci.

The restructuring of this axis pursues the aim of improving the conditions of road safety and circulation, focusing on the quality of the space involved in the knowledge that an increase in the design quality of road space prompts a change in behaviour on the part of its users and a friendlier perception of road space in general. The project thus focused on ensuring the safety of the routes devoted to slower forms of mobility and the resolution of conflict generated between this and traffic by redesigning vehicle access points and regulating traffic management while adapting its architecture to the rules of the highway code, which are certainly not oriented towards the creation of a high-quality system.

It is through the architecture of the road system that the project develops the urban design. The choice of materials, furnishings, lighting and environmental structures maximizes the embedding of the road in its context. As this is a public work and obviously subject to financial constraints, the design philosophy is not to present the redeveloped road as a separate construction but to construct through it and its surroundings a complete urban system, an entire urban typology and an object whose design is controlled by the project from the ground level to the elevation of the buildings. In this way, the project not only shapes the road but also helps to remould the urban surroundings and pursue the specificity and uniqueness of a single artefact made up of the road and the surrounding fabric of buildings, harmonizing use by road users and urban use, and regulating the impact of the road system in an attempt to create a single commonly used plateau for the human activities of the area, all gathered together and concentrated in a single redeveloped space.