7/28/08

Garibaldi Piazza in Naples

Dominique Perrault wants to give the Campania region of Italy the urban and social status it once had. As a start, he has unveiled this plan for the Garildi Piazza, the major central transporation hub in Naples. It connects five transit stations with the city's bus sysem. He seeks to create a "lounge on the outskirts of the city" by inserting commercial centers, bars, restaurants, and surrounded the complex with steel trees, a kind of man-made nature.

Perrault wants to create something surprising and functional. Architecture effects people just as much as they effect architecture. He seeks to "shake the perception of the viewer" by drawing on the city's past architectural experience and considering population growth and demographic trends. It is due for completion in 2009 and will stretch 400 meters.

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