SIENA10 | Gruppo Parkour Territories Fonti di Follonica

2 09 2010

GROUP NAME: Dazed & Confused
GROUP PROJECT: SIENA10 | Gruppo Parkour Territories Fonti di Follonica
GROUP MEMBERS: Moe Elsayed, Tim Madrid, Edwin Arbito, Caio Moretti
ASSIGNMENT:  Minding the Wall

Interactive Presentations

Two journeys searching for the Fonti di Follonica revealed a hidden structure overcome by foliage.  The manner in which it was discovered is interesting in that there remains a steady flow of water from the fountain which served as one of the main metaphorical bread crumbs that eventually lead us to Fonte di Follonica.  Clearly abandoned for years, the fountain still retains a steady supply of water received from the old waterways of Siena.

While the fountain lies within the confines of the current wall of Siena, there are remnants of additions that suggested the moving of the perimeter outward from the center.  Therefore, there are layers within the city which gradually emanates toward the periphery and into the valley of the fountain.

The fountain lies within the valley between the two ridges along the eastern perimeter of the city.  The ridges serve as a natural topographical barrier which is further reiterated by the modern apartments which places its rear exit ramps toward the ridge.  The current wall possesses several military stations to guard the most vulnerable locations of the city.  Upon initial observation, the valley in which the fountain lies seems to have been left barren, perhaps serving as an initial buffer zone prior to reaching the city.


barrier/militarization of Siena

city/urban fabric, original wall of interior thresholds

Upon further research, the first record of the fountain’s existence was found in a document of 1226.  The wall was built along the exterior of the wall and quickly fell out of use due to more convenient locations within the center of the city.  Periphery fountains, particularly those found on lower grounds, were typically used as overflow stations reserved for animal watering and washing clothes to avoid pollution and contamination for human use.  Fonti di Follonica seems to differ in that there are several barriers creating different watering stations which may suggest a need to separate use within the fountain.


Fonte d’Ovile


Final Layer Model




One response

11 08 2010

Site plan. Please help locate us with the two journeys you mention.
Your qualitative explanation and research is very revealing of the history of the water flow and how it makes its way across the neighborhoods. If you can combine plan, section, and time this would be useful to understand how everything connects. Spend time refining one such collage with multiple eyes providing input. Try to highlight differences in the water flow, as you mention, between animal, citizen, and even monumental purposes.

Pay special attention to finding the differences between the water’s presence in different neighborhoods and fabrics. How did it represent the values of those cultures across time?

Continue the collage work. Take ownership of the snapshots of the various parts of the water infrasture. Work across media. Refine some thumbnail sketches. The youtube is interesting but I think you can layer more meaning and more values into it.

Good work.

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