Re-Inhabiting an Industrial Ruin: Castellammare di Stabia, Italy

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2008-06-17

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Site is used as form determinant in a multi-faceted exploration of parametric modeling. The Industrial Site of in the city of Castellammare di Stabia is a case study for other sites around the region. The current site sits as a relic facing three different fronts: the water to the north, the industrial shipyard to the west, and the city, east and south.

Culture and contextual sustainability are other drivers of the manipulation of the site. Part of the culture in Castellammare di Stabia is to use the Bay of Naples for fresh seafood daily and natural spring water from twenty distinct springs. To integrate the site into the current culture programmatic uses that are domestic as apposed to industrial allows for the inhabitants to experience the waterfront all along the southern part of the coast, as they already do in the north.

The process of reinhabitation the site has been the primary focus.  This thesis deals with the various components of this industrial ruin, reconnecting the city with its amenity. The pier as a leisurely passerella extending in to the bay of Naples, the elevated silos as a housing apartment complex, the ground floor as a plaza/market place, and the roof top as a public open terrace/ theater. Much like the various components of the complex in their original use had a specific purpose, in this transformation they serve a different but equally specific purpose.

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