Assoc. Prof Pat Brown and Carine Brannan of Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University traveled to Milan as guests of Navigli Lombardy to take part in this year’s FAN Waterways Festival – part of Milan’s Design Week 2014. The LandscapeIS team took part in the ‘Culture_Water_Landscapes Workshop’ alongside Raffaella Laviscio and Paola Branduiniof of PaRID Research Unit, Politecnico di Milano, Andrea Pellini Culture Department, Zibido San Giacomo, arch. Matteo Mai (Salterio Museum Director) and Claudio Repossi (Navigli Lombardi s.c.a.r.l).
Presentations included “La machina agraria: il sistema paesaggistico del sud milanese” by Prof. Lionella Scazzosi of Lab. Parid, Politecnico di Milano and “Città-navigli-identità. il cinema come strumento di indagine sulle trasformazioni del paesaggio urbano” by arch. Matteo Mai. Landscape Interface Studio presented their recent project, ‘Limehouse Cut: Linking Place and Creativity‘ as a working methodology. A brief had been collaboratively developed between LandscapeIS and PaRID staff members for the workshop and a group of architecture students used this brief during their field visit to Salterio Farmstead ahead of the workshop – located on Milan’s Naviglio Grande.
The Salterio Farmstead Museum complex is being developed from one of Milan’s “cascines” or farmhouses. These are historic buildings which are now finding new leases of life either as museums, sites for social enterprise or run on ecological and recreational lines that take in tourists. It is hoped that the redevelopment of these cascines will help draw investment into the Navigli system and generate potential income for local communities along the navigli system. The proposed Salterio Museum complex is planned ahead of Milan’s Expo 2015. Salterio Museum – “Officina del gusto” – is an opportunity for the recovery of historical identity and monumental architecture located on the edge of Milan’s canal network.
Students were asked to consider the following in relation to the Salterio site:
- capture the special identities of place, histories and occupation
- maps_sketches _photographs
- topography of the land, vistas
- water and engineering infrastructures_networks _drainage channels
- vegetation _habitats _individual trees _ crops large scale and micro cultivation
- distinctive buildings_neighbourhoods
- special elevations:_cross sections
- distinctive materials and edges: hedges, walls, and fences: boundaries including the waterway infrastructures, walls and locks and moorings
- ground conditions underfoot: dry and wet, rough and smooth , soil + vegetation
The workshop took place over 2 days located on a floating barge on the Naviglio Grande close to the Porta Ticinese dock, also known as the Darsena, now under reconstruction ahead of Milan Expo 2015. The aim of the workshop was to develop material gathered from the Salterio site to create material which would communicate information and knowledge in relation to the landscape and land management of the surrounding farmland including farming practices.