The rehabilitation of Piazza del Mercato in Naples

by Kata Czigány from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Architecture, Hungary
Tutored by: Klobusovszki Péter

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A project which is intended to give back Piazza del Mercato and its real values for the locals from decay. The project area lies in the old town however cut off from the inner town. In the past the piazza was the centre of civic life of Naples until it was pushed into the background by the urban renewal of the early 1900s. At present the square is rather a transition zone between the historic city centre and the industrial harbour area - not being connected to either of them. Recently the quarter is one of Naples’ underused and degraded areas. The square is mainly characterised by ownerless emptiness surrounded by parking cars. The piazza does not have unified and well structured function. Unexploited and abandoned.

Rediscovery and reinterpretation. Creating a public space for the locals, a space which is adapting the Naples rhythms. Giving an initial push to recognize and dare to use the values and opportunities of the area. A well-functioning space, a well-functioning community. A definite and unusual intervention that draws attention and approaches the spatial use from a new perspective. The starting point is to place two elements: a negative which is lowered compared to the ground level and a positive 40 meter high climbing tower. The tower is a challenge. Fight, reach the top, enjoy and release. The lowered part is a temporary market where bargaining and gossip are constant. A football pitch where the ball always rolls back..

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