Christobal Riffo Giampaoli

The Passeggiata Project | Turin, Italy | Unit 21 | 2018

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“Urban space is a place where there is always something happening; the space of event and action, tensed by the contradictions between the state’s planning strategies and the ludic appropriation of space-time whereby the inhabitants continually reinvent an ephemeral city”.
—-Bernard Tschumi
As evening falls and the harsh sun inches out of the piazza, an evening ritual is bound to begin, the Italian tradition of Passeggiata: a gentle stroll through the main streets of the old town, usually in the pedestrian zones in the historic centre. Italians tend to dress up for Passeggiata, and tourists are usually easy to spot in their shorts and daypacks. Older folks sit along the route, on a bench or nursing a beer or a glass of wine in the bar, and watching for things to gossip about; la Passeggiata is where new romances and new babies are on display as well as new shoes. Folks of all ages take part in the Passeggiata, from the youngest babies being pushed in their strollers to the oldest members of the community who take it all in from the sidelines. Passeggiata is an especially popular ritual on Sunday evenings. Sunday lunch is often a big meal that’s a long, drawn out affair, so the evening is the perfect time for abandoning the house and taking a walk. Sunday evening is the time to see and be seen, catch up with old friends, and make good impressions on new ones.
The actions involved in the Passeggiata can be understood as different forms of the search of placer such as: Seeing and being seen, meeting with friends, listening street music, Flirting and courting, Having a coffee. The Passeggiata usually takes between 40 and 60 minutes. During this time the urban space becomes a stage for human interactions, beyond the regulations and expectations of the city.
The concept ‘Passeggiata’ is an opportunity to develop a new way of understanding the public space. The spaces for potential encounters could be increased in order to allow the manifestation of the wishes of the community.

 

 

Tracing the Passeggiata

 

 

Catalogue of Panels
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