Reading the Incremental Occupation of Territories – Treviso, Caxias do Sul, Eldorado do Sul – is a research about the recent process of fast land exploitation in areas under high economic pressure, developed together with the Laboratorio para Simulação e Modelagem em Arquitetura e Urbanismo (Simmlab-UFRGS). The research has been presented and exhibited during the X Architecture Bienal of Sào Paulo.
Inspired by a survey about the relation between the changed water levels in the river crossing Treviso and the land use transformations within the river catchment (Revealing the Sile River, 2012), the research is a retrospective reading about the strong, incremental, bottom-up urban processes that, beyond differences, are continuously deeply changing the image and functioning of our urbanized landscapes. The study compares three case studies: Treviso (Italy), Caxias do Sul and Eldorado do Sul (Brazil). The project starts from the città diffusa and specifically the Treviso province, which is one of the most widespread inhabited territory of Europe today facing problems of both water scarcity and flood. The investigation clearly shows that the impressive spatial change is the result of fine-grained individual reiterated transformations affecting the behaviour of the water-flows. Similarly, the fast territorial change of two cities in the southernmost region of Brazil is shown using the same retrospective reading model. Current urban growth patterns are interpreted as a function of socio-economic drivers, physical configuration of original small (Caxias do Sul) and large (Eldorado do Sul) land parcels, and distinct geomorphologic conditions (mountain and delta landscape).
The exhibition presented the different territories through maps, representative-catchment models and pictures. The exhibition aimed at raising awareness about the effects that our small actions, repeated hundreds of thousands of times, can have on the territory. In a time that brings together the global economic crisis and a strong urbanization, the models we need to follow to design our cities have to consciously and strategically engage the complex dynamics through which the inhabitants use and appropriate the space.




Sào Paulo, Brazil


Smaranda Alexandresku, Andrea Aragone, Marta De Marchi, Federico Gobbato Liva, Roberto Genna, Marco Ranzato, Fabio Vanin


Laboratorio para Simulação e Modelagem em Arquitetura e Urbanismo (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)


Co-founded by Latitude Platform, Laboratorio para Simulação e Modelagem em Arquitetura e Urbanismo (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)

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