Following the “Creative City Strategy Method” as described by Charles Landry, every attempt at a creative city involves setting different priorities.
“Creative City strategy- making differs in being holistic and valuing connections, in being people centred rather than land use focussed. This is because it is people’s skills and creativity which drive urban development.” (Landry, 2008) Using this as a reference, this section of the paper attempts to describe how the four phases are applied in the making of this creative milieu, which are those given below- Phase 1- Preparation and planning phase Phase 2- Assessment of potential and obstacles Phase 3- Measuring success and failure Phase 4- Execution In the events cluster several events and functions were proposed like Culinary events, Gatherings/Discussions, Trade and Fairs, Sports, Conferences.etc.
Based on the analysis of the site and related case studies, the following interventions were proposed: Hard Infrastructure Soft infrastructure Urban Acupuncture Tactical Urbanism1.1 HARD INFRASTRUCTURE Based on the cluster choice and types of events proposed several Hard Infrastructures have been proposed. The augmenting facilities for these infrastructures like, parking, access and transport to site already exist and the project utilises them. The following are the hard infrastructures proposed by us: Trade and Fairs Spiral Exhibition Amphitheatre Riverfront promenade Riverfront Platforms1.1.1 Trade and Fairs The Trade and Fair Space is created by reusing an abandoned building on site.
The proposed site is 100m X 9m in area. The roofline of the building was modified to promote views and connectivity to the riverfront. The roof was The Trade and Fair Space are meant to be used for creative markets, show rooms, bazaar, workshops, product launches, innovative stands, pop-up stands.
1.1.1 Interactive Arts Based on the following case studies, several interactive arts were proposed.
Pared Interactiva Interactive Wall, Korea Murmur by Chevalvert, France Croatia’s Solar Powered Interactive Light Installation The interactive art engage the users and inspires the creative class. Some of them are also a part of Tactical Urbanism which will be explained further below in this paper.1.1.2 Amphitheatre Space The amphitheatre was proposed to be at the riverfront. It is meant to be used for events related to “Music and Art’ like performance art, music festivals, and parties’ .etc.
The space was to be designed in such a way that it creates a relaxing and inspirational area at the waterfront with a stage on the water. Platforms were also provided to facilitate dancing and other activities.1.1.1 Spiral Exhibition A Spiral exhibition was proposed where the creative class could display any kind of art work.
This space is directly accessed from the road, and ramps down to the site; and then to another exhibition gallery.1.1.1 Noise Reduction Strategy Wind Chimes were hung below the bridge. The idea is to use the vibrations from the bridge to create melody from the chimes; making it a unifying element with the vehicle and bridge sounds.1.1.1 Strategies for the Riverfront Promenade The route that runs through the site, amidst the trees can be installed with light art, serving as street lighting and aesthetic elements.
This feature can be viewed by passengers entering Piacenza by rail or road. The promenade can also have various kinds of seating spaces and independent exhibition kiosks. Kinetic energy tiles can be installed along the pathways as an Energy Saving method for Street Lighting, charging ports .etc.The open green space facing the river Po can be used for multiple activities. Can be used as a playground, seating can be provided for the public or 1sq.
m houses can be installed.The riverfront walkways are mildly stepped and interspersed with landscape elements. Seating spaces and discussion tables are also provided. Riverfront installations and floating platforms are provided. There are also tripods on the riverfront for photography.
1.1 SOFT INFRASTRUCTURE ‘Soft infrastructure is the system of associative structures and social networks, connections and human interactions that underpins and encourages the flow of ideas between individuals and institutions……….’ (Landry, 2008)The three broad categories that are used in the interventions are:1.
1.1 Arts and Actions · Do It Yourself arts and Crafts· Photography Contests· Culinary Activities1.1.2 Interactive Multimedia· Interactive Concerts· Open Microphone· Do it your own Music1.1.
3 Sports· Motion-sensored activities· Motion based treasure hunt· Just Dance All the events will be updated on a Calendar online on the official website and on billboards. Social Network pages like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram etc. will also be used to relay information. Interactive Art:· A platform is provided for the Creative class to interactive art like doodling and painting on the existing structure.· Various technological elements create various patterns and shapes inside the miniature castle which enhances the curiosity of the Creative crowd.1.
1 URBAN ACUPUNCTURE Urbanacupuncture is a socio-environmental theory that combines contemporary urban designwith traditional Chinese acupuncture, using small-scale interventions totransform the larger urban context. The strategies used for this are: Sting the city with punctual and small interventions. Strategically selected areas to create synergies among them. Reply to everyday needs with unexpected solutions.
Get the maximum result with minimum resources. Our visionwas to ‘Introduce the spirit of the water element in the city’.For this, weproposed different types of water interventions, sometimes by abstraction ofwater, and by telling the story of and towards Po. The concepts of waterintroduced are that of Movement, Monument, Interactive Events, Technology, andStoryline. Afterstudying the active areas of Piacenza we created an activity network. Afterthat, we chose the locations of our choice and overlapped them with the activenodes. This gave us the ideal locations for our intervention.