Urban Design and Landscape

The Picturesque Narrative

seyedsina seyedi, Alan Minoui, Samira Habibi, Pirooz Jalali
Politecnico di Milano, Polytechnic University of Milan, School of Design

Project idea

Palazzo Farnese, a sixteenth-century palace designed by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, located at the edge of the historic center of the city of Piacenza is most famous for its unfinished building situation, which the architect could only finish almost a half of the building due to the lack of budget of the owner (Farnese family). The palace today is at the transition zone between the city and the natural environment of the peri-urban area, which inspired the aim of the project to connect the city to the natural environment of the Po riverfront as the architect (Vignola) had previsioned such a scheme in his initial plans to have garden starting from the palace going all the way to the Po river. By studying the original plans of the palace, it was obvious that the only element of the palace that is not present today is the Terraces of the upper floor which was meant to create the possibility to see the countryside and the Po river from a terrace inside the city which was quite a novelty for its own time. By putting the puzzle pieces together, it seemed like a perfect idea to Re-create the terraces in a way that has a visual and physical connection to the Po river, just like a picturesque garden starting from the river edges going all the way up to the terraces of the palace.

Project description

The project is re-designing an urban area surrounding an old unfinished palace from the sixteenth century(Palazzo Farnese). This palace connects from the north to a vast green area and from the south to the city area, piazza Citta Della and piazza Caselli. the project aims to reconnect the palace and surrounding area to the city and Po river which is located near the city in a responsive and interactive way.
the renovation of this urban area make an opportunity to re-arranged and reconnect all area such as green playground, Palazzo Farnese and piazzas to the city.

Technical information

Project name: The Picturesque Narrative
Location: Palazzo Farnese, Piacenza, Italy
Architects: Sina Seyedi, Alan Minoui, Samira Habibi, Pirooz Jalali
University: Polytechnic of Milan
Type: Urabn Designing- Conceptual
Year: 2021