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Baricentrale, Bari, Italy

Wednesday 01 May 2013

Sewing up the city

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Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas takes first place in 78 acre urban redevelopment in Bari 

A two-stage international competition to redevelop a run-down area of Bari, Italy which currently divides the city has been won by Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas. The tender was featured by the WAN Business Information Service. The project covers an area of 78 acres in the centre of the city and looks for a long-term solution to the separation of the urban realm.

Currently Bari is divided into three urban areas: the Old Village with narrow streets which dates back to the Middle Ages; the New Village heralding from the 19th century; and the post World War II area which is viewed as ‘confused and irregular’.

The brief set by the City of Bari stated: “The reorganisation of the railway and transportation systems and the acquisition of the Caserma Rossani by the Municipality offer unique occasions for the redefinition of the relationship between the old and modern city, reducing the historic separation caused by the presence of the rail yards and tracks.”

This scheme marks the beginning of a project which will stretch over a number of years and phases to unify the city. The long-term plan begins with the redevelopment of the railway corridor - the competition won by Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas.

The victorious team has suggested the insertion of a linear park stretching 3km east-west to act as the ‘connective tissue’ binding areas of the fragmented city. This conceptual park will also double the amount of green space per inhabitant from 2.7 sq m to 5.1 sq m. 

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