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MATIAS IVERSSON PIAZZA ARCHITECT & URBAN PLANNER Swiss-Brazilian architect and urban planner with a Masters degree in Urbanism at TU Delft, The Netherlands, to be defended in July 2018. Bachelors degree was obtained in 2014 at Mackenzie University, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 3 years of professional experience with focus on design and planning of large-scale mobility infrastructure projects and architectural detailing.


Selected Work The following portfolio displays a selected group of five projects, including three multi-scale urban designs developed during the master’s program at TU Delft; the thesis developed for graduating at the Architecture and Urban Planning course at Mackenzie University; and one architectural project designed during a semester abroad at Parsons School of Design (Spring 2013). Professional work consists of the design of several subway and monorail stations in Sao Paulo, from conceptual design through construction documents. These projects, however, have not been included as they are ongoing and covered by non-disclosure contract clauses.


Index

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Growing to Reduce

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the potential of a growing AMA population for reducing the consumption of natural resources Amsterdam Metropolitan Area | The Netherlands

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Tilburg

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open up that window! Tilburg | The Netherlands

neighborhood |

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Zuidplein a new heart for the south Rotterdam | The Netherlands

street |

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Flows and Continuities an exercise of urban space requalification Sao Paulo | Brazil

building |

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The DF Boat House Dobbs Ferry | New York | USA


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Growing to Reduce

the potential of a growing AMA population for reducing the consumption of natural resources Amsterdam Metropolitan Area | The Netherlands TU Delft - 2017 in collaboration with Chris Bartman, Erik van der Valk, Grace Abou Jaoude and Yelin Zhang orientation by Verena Balz and Ulf Hackauf

Regional planning and strategy designed to investigate the possibilities of applying circular processes while accommodating 250.000 households in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Growing to reduce, this paradox sounds universal for every problem in the world. But in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) it regards the housing challenge the region faces. The region is growing anyways and to increase the agglomeration power of this already economic strong region, more households are needed. At the same time, there is a huge demand to consume less natural resources. Accommodating a substantial amount of households inevitable means that the consumption of land will increase. But not only the direct land used for the houses, also the land that is needed to produce food, textile and paper (to name a few) for the new inhabitants of those houses. Impossible, you would say, but there is hope, there are ways to minimize consumption of natural resources while at the same time increasing the number of households. The ways to reduce consumption were explored with this project, growing the population whilst reducing consumption.

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BUT WHAT DOES A HOUSEHOLD MEAN REGARDING LAND CONSUMPTION?

methodology & design

to achieve sustainable development by locating all the new households outside the current city boundaries. This approach sought to investigate different narratives by exploring the extrapolation of the mentioned trends and theories throughout future development.

The chosen methodology to explore possible ways of reducing land consumption was the scenario approach. For this purpose two opposite scenarios were elaborated, namely (1) centralized concentration, applying the principles of TOD, land recycling and cascading flows in future housing developments; and (2) decentralized dispersity, investigating the implications of self-sufficient and semi-sufficient typologies in the urban expansion. Concerning land use, the first one suggests that all the new households should be located within the existing cities boundaries, whilst the second scenario investigates if it would be possible

The future-oriented constructions lead to the exploration of several probable outcomes rather than assuming a single inevitable unfold. In order to construct a combined vision, based on an evaluation of both scenarios, several typologies, and key projects were designed. Furthermore, a regional strategy for accommodating the new households whilst reducing consumption was elaborated, aiming for a parallel construction of both scenarios, as described in the timeline below.

implementation strategy & timeline

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centralized concentration scenario

Centralized Concentration aims to reduce consumption by directly tackling the amount of land used for the construction of new households. The scenario assumes that no house should be built outside of the existing city margins, promoting the densification of the urban tissue. The main projects envisioned include brownfield development and the transformation of neglected office space. Other flows such as food, waste, water, and energy are reduced within the neighborhoods, according to the principles below.

centralized development principles & rules

food production

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energy generation


decentralized concentration scenario

Decentralized Dispersity assumes that development will inevitably happen outside the current urban boundaries. The scenario explores self- and semi-sustainable housing typologies to indirectly tackle land consumption, by optimizing food, waste, water, and energy flows within each property. The strategy also aims to cluster typologies in areas sensible to the production of specific flows, with the creation of specialized neighborhoods.

decentralized development principles & rules

food production

waste and water managment 9

energy generation


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Tilburg

open up that window! Tilburg | The Netherlands TU Delft - 2016 orientation by Prof. Ir. Leo van der Burg http://issuu.com/matiaspiazza/docs/open_up_that_window

Urban analysis of the city of Tilburg and design of possible appropriation strategies of the public spaces. A word that describes the first impressions of the urban landscape in Tilburg can be emptiness. In a built environment shaped by the superposition of several historical layers, many places feel empty and deserted, without a vivid use of the public spaces available. The analysis categorizes Tilburg according to three different moments, namely the old villages; the rise of the textile industry; and the decline of the textile industry, and explores the structure of the city based on each layer. Within these historical processes, that followed the rise and decline of the city’s main economic activity, the main elements of its urban tissue could be defined, through the overlap of different typologies along its historical paths, in which the remaining fragments of all different layers are still visible. The paths carry the history of the city and thus, its identity.

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historical development | the three phases of Tilburg

(1) the old villages

(2) rise of the textile industry

(3) decline of the textile industry

typomorphological studies of Tilburg | horizontal & vertical fragments

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“OPEN UP THAT WINDOW AND LET THE FOUL AIR OUT” Jelly Roll Morton

BOUNDARY

PASSAGE-TERRITORY

resistant|rigid

porous|ambiguous

dead space on both sides

dialogue between inside and outside

design approach

times closed, erecting a boundary between the private life and the public spaces. The aim of the design was to transform this solid boundary into a porous and

But acknowledging the importance of the old paths in the structure of the city and the identity they subtly

ambiguous dialogue between the inside and the outside. The ‘shadows’, shown below, was an exercise exploring

carry in an analytical point of view does not express

how vertical fragments could be reflected in the hori-

the true reality of the site. Even with the characteristics described, the streets are predominantly

zontal planes. The objective was to visualize the texture different fragments could project on the streets

empty. There is no public life. In this regard, the

once the curtains were open. This gesture would not

design sought to explore the existing network of public spaces aiming to sew the different fragments of

only promote intended dialogue between planes but also highlight the characteristics of each of the over-

the city together, creating a new unity for the urban language. By analyzing the fragments vertically, in

lapping layers of Tilburg. And what if these spaces could actually be occupied? The following step was to

their private sphere, a common factor identified is

imagine the implementation intervention and the rules

that in the facades facing the paths are most of the

to ensure a successful appropiation of public spaces.

CURTAINS DOWN...

OPEN UP THAT WINDOW!

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Rules

3. All occupations are temporary. Fixed structures are not allowed.

1. These spaces are now yours to use. It is up to you

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the decision of appropriating it or not.

A special attention should be paid to the streets and sidewalks. Interventions cannot block or in-

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terrupt the transit of pedestrians, bycicles or cars.

The spaces can, and should, be occupied in many different ways, physical or artistic. The windows are a new extension of your house. It could become a new garden, living room or kitchen.

5. This is not a deposit or garbage disposal. Those who not respect this rule will be fined.

PROJECT IT ON THE STREETS ...

AND OCCUPY IT!

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Zuidplein

a new heart for the south Rotterdam | The Netherlands TU Delft - 2016 orientation by Prof. Ir. Rients Dijkstra

Design exercise for the revitalization of urban tissue in Rotterdam South, by transforming the existing structure of the Zuidplein Winkelcentrum. The program required strategies within a sustainable development framework, capable of bringing social, environmental and economic issues of the site to different human dimensions, namely Health, Legibility, Safety, and Control. The site, surrounding the Zuidplein station and situated between different residential neighborhoods of the south, works as a transportation node of Rotterdam South. Also within the site are the Zuidplein Winkelcentrum (which represents most of the commercial potential of the region); the Ahoy! Center; a large hospital; and the Zuidpark. Considering the existence of a transport node and the commercial potential of the mall, the area should work as a centrality for the south: a civic center for its inhabitants. But the reality today is very different. The existing road infrastructure works as a boundary between the center, the households of surrounding neighborhoods and the park. Major highways are fragmenting the territory. The intervention investigates ways of activating potential public spaces through the re-design of the site and the existing structure of the mall.

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By demolishing the shopping mall and redessigning the existing bus terminal, new ar-

The main aim is to convert the current voids

ticulations can be developed, allowing for a better permeability of the road network.

of the public life into a vibrant civic center. The boundaries separating the residen-

Furthermore, with the new vertical design of the mall, the previously occupied land can

tial neighborhoods and the station should be

be redeveloped, creating new housing stocks

broken down, attracting the inhabitants to the newly transformed centrality and promot-

and opportunities for both local and external inhabitants. In the plots created, new pro-

ing diverse uses of the spaces available.

grams with a variety of land-use functions are defined aiming to bring diversity to the

To do so, the principal strategy concerns the transformation of the mall, a structure

neighborhood. The diversity mentioned becomes fundamental to attract different groups to

of great impact on its surroundings. With

the site, making the space vibrant during

its elevated commercial level, the ground floor currently occupied by parking spaces,

different parts of the day.

reducing the use of the sidewalks merely to

To become feasible, the new masterplan looks

connections, rather than public spaces. On the meanwhile, the storefronts are oriented

for a higher density of occupation, especially considering the location of the site,

according to the internal corridors of the

next to a transportation hub. The mall would

buildings, facing back the streets of Rotterdam South. The replacement of the current

be able to develop, alongside with private partners, a large amount of housing stock in

building and by a new vertical typology is the radical principle adopted for the transfor-

a central area of Rotterdam. The surrounding and ‘free-riders’ blocks are included in the

mations intended. The new building proposed

strategy as possible partners for financing

is a reinvention of the building structure, creating different circulations and attrac-

the new public infrastructure. The intervention is also divided into several phases,

tions, trying to improve user experience and

aiming to reduce the closed-door time of the

boost the currently declining sales.

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Flows and Continuities

an exercise of urban space requalification Sao Paulo | Brazil Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie - 2014 orientation by Prof. Gilberto Belleza and Prof. Antonio Claudio Pinto Fonseca http://issuu.com/matiaspiazza/docs/monografia_v04

Architectural design and urban requalification exercise promoting the activation of public spaces in the neighborhood Vila Olimpia, in Sao Paulo, Brazil The research starts with the identification of a simple urban condition. A small street in Vila Olimpia, Sao Paulo, that vanishes every morning as a mass of pedestrians enters the neighborhood to go to work. The street disappears in between the crowd that exits the train station, main access to the district. At every crossing, chaos, conflict between pedestrians that overflow the sidewalks and cars stuck in traffic, looking for parking spaces. In a short time span, this setting changes. With the beginning of office hours the crowd disperses. Sidewalks are now empty, almost lifeless. Traffic flows. It’s a different place. The neighborhood is a high density business district with many large office buildings and very limited residential stock. This combination results in significant population variation during its daily cycle, creating very different moments and conditions within the same space. Vila Olimpia has been through many changes over the last decades, especially after its inclusion in the Faria Lima Special District, a scheme that financed the expansion of the Faria Lima Avenue through the sale of additional building rights to developers. Gradually, the small residential plots typical of the neighborhood where replaced with huge office and commercial developments. Today, it has become one of the main business districts in Sao Paulo.

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situation and implementation plans The chosen site is an empty 3.500,00 square meter plot with mixed use zoning located in the Beira-Rio street, which is the axis connecting the train station, by the Pinheiros River, to the Funchal street, one of the busiest in the neighborhood.

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design approach

Trying to explore the intense flow of pedestrians that pass by the site every day, the conception of the project sought a program that could induce public use of the private space. A multi-use program, capable of generating different moments, uses and users, creating new relations with the neighborhood. A program capable of filling the emptiness of the Beira-Rio street during most of the day.

east facade, viewed from Beira-Rio street

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plans of the market, biergarten and sport equipment

Section AA

Sport Court + Library

Biergarten

Section BB

Swimming Pool

The project was conceived according to the Beira-Rio

street level, for quick daily shopping while passing

street and the daily multitude of pedestrians walking through the site. The objective is, by implementing

through; and the Biergarten, a more inward place, to enjoy meals and drinks after working hours. Complemen-

public leisure equipment, to promote collective appropriation of the spaces, transforming the crowded

tary components include a gym and sports courts and a library building, providing space for individual study

street into a vivid civic center. The open design of

and work.

the ground floor aims to exclude any boundaries defining ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ spaces, creating a subtle transition between public and private.

The project establishes a transition area between entering and exiting Vila Olimpia. It should be capable of diluting the intense flow during rush hours by pro-

The main component of the project is a food market. A place of casual encounters opened to local traders.

viding an option to suit those willing to wait a while before entering a crowded train as well providing con-

Its structure is divided into two parts: the market at

venience shopping for those that are just passing by.

section, of the sports building and public market

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use

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The DF Boat House

Dobbs Ferry | New York | USA Parsons School of Design - 2013 orientation by Jeremy Barbour and Nick Brinnen

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city; and the temple, the boat house, a space dedicated exclusively to the creation of wooden boats. The structure of an old hangar was renovated and the display of crafted boats became the articulation point between the two spaces. The concept of the project and its experience was defined around the water and the train.

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meeting space. From this place further on, the rest of the site starts revealing itself, part by part, while

the site. Both access points, through the train sta-

the visitor starts wandering around. For some, this

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might also be the final destination. Steps down the

Walls open to a general view of Retaining the site. By entering the site, carved stairs hide the view, leading the user

river create a natural slope between the waterfront and the train tracks, resulting in a gathering space

through a narrow path to a completely new environment

where the train is almost absent. The spaces where the

where the rest of the site will be exposed little by little. The train is noticed, but the presence of

presence of the train is stronger, group activities take place, where the intensity of the train would be

the water is much stronger, though not as its nat-

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The wandering continues towards the tracks, exploring the relationship between train and water until the

ings. This space is about boats and their crafting. The path then emerges from below the ground and won-

point where the tension reaches its climax. By walking

ders over the river. This is the end of the journey.

a little further the train fades away and the presence

The whole environment is surrounded by water and the

of the water increases, truly revealing the peacefulness of the beach.

train becomes present again. The entire site is finally revealed again, as well as the city above the hill and Manhattan in the horizon.

Water floods the path, which keeps carving into the ground until the water’s presence is absolute, and the

During the walk back from the intimate and peaceful

train is no longer noticed. By the end of the narrow

space of the temple, users reach the meeting hub,

path, the environment discovered is still flooded, but it now opens itself to the Hudson and its views.

where they can gather for pizza and beer before heading back to the train station or the city. This space

In here, the user finally discovers his working space,

is not about the train neither the and water, it’s about the old hangar

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MATIAS IVERSSON PIAZZA http://issuu.com/matiaspiazza matias.i.piazza@gmail.com Hugo de Grootstraat 136a Delft, The Netherlands + 31 (06) 4989 1342


Portfolio Matias Piazza  

A selection of academic work

Portfolio Matias Piazza  

A selection of academic work

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