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Porto Marghera Gateway Huang Hanlin + Wang Mengya + Wang Yifan Marghera is the district of the Comune di Venezia located on the Italian mainland. The project revisits the MUDD19 Studio undertaken in 2013-2014 with the UniversitĂ IUAV di Venezia hosted by Professor Enrico Fontanari which proposed relocation of the cruise ship terminal in the historic city of Venice to the post-industrial waterfront of Marghera. The scale of the site in Marghera is vast. In dealing with all of it, the previous projects seemed to lack a “Venetian soulâ€?. This scheme, inspired by Italian neo-rationalism, proposed instead a narrow armature of urbanism in the midst of the post-industrial landscape. Extending from the new cruise ship terminal to a relocated Marghera rail station on the line to Venice, the scheme will provide inexpensive accommodation for tourists, homes for residents, and efficient connections between the mainland and the historic city across the lagoon.

Figure ground map of urban district

Light Rail from Marco Polo Airport to the cruise terminal in Marghera via the relocated rail station will be provided. The many canals within Marghera will also offer fast and direct connections by water bus and speed boat to the historic city. Neo-Rationalist built forms will be the predominant typology of the scheme. Pujiang New Town in Shanghai designed by Vittorio Gregotti influenced the project design. Retail activities will be sited near the terminal, with small-scale shops along the main street to serve the needs of residents as well as cruise ship passengers. Direct road access will be provided between the warehouses, logistic hubs and the terminal. By 2035, this site will be the gateway to the historical city from the mainland, attracting visitors, creating an active living environment and job opportunities for the community.

Site section northwest-southeast looking at light rail station

Perspective of proposed light rail

Urban design framwork

Perspective of proposed residential building

Master of Urban Development

Design 2015-2016


Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  
Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  

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