GROUP NAME: gruppo bocce
GROUP PROJECT: SIENA10 minding the wall PROJECTS
GROUP MEMBERS: Cara Constantino, Jill DeBari, Jennifer Mortensen, Joseph Roque
ASSIGNMENT: Porta Giustizia final review
A primary task was revising the Siena map to accurately portray our territory. As an area of the city seemingly considered a “void,” it has not been given the same precision as other, more central and traveled neighborhoods of Siena have in its representation on the map. We corrected that.
“New” Map of Siena: The numbers on the map correspond with the numbers of the pages below
In our research and analysis, after struggling to intervene in this territory and solve something, came to the conclusion that this place is beautifully incomplete. Its charm and success lies in its sense of community, small but strong. The people who spend time here understand it for what it is, a piece of Siena void of tourists and noise, but certainly not void of community. So, instead of figuring out a way to enhance the territory, we decided to credit it. We made a series of splices, which could be read in two directions: 1. the more literal landscape seen as we moved from the center of the city outward to the edges of the territory, and 2. the “path” we took in studying this territory and its relationship to the dense city (drawings, diagrams, etc). So the product can be read from both sides, each telling a different story.
Each page below features a front and a back:
- FRONT: left side column, represents a section in watercolor to convey our sense of experience as we moved through the valley towards the wall.
- BACK: right side column, holds the diagrams, sketches and maps that gruppo bocce created as we went through the experience of understanding the valley.
1. Loggia della Mercato
2. Passage out to the Campo
3. Il Campo and Palazzo Publico
4. Via di Porta Giustizia
5. Split in the terrain
6. Piazza Mercato
7. Edge of the valley
8. Down the stairs
9. Laundry House
10. At grade with the Laundry House
11. Begining to see the greener side of Siena
12. The last of the built enviroment
13. Gate to the valley, but not Porta Giustizia
14. Walkway lined with kitchen gardens.
15. Understanding the valley as a community.
16. Completely isolated from the built world of Siena.
17. The valley is a place of repose.
18. The Wall. The only remains for Porta Giustizia.
19. Beyond the wall.
We hung these temporal episodic moments over a topography model of the landscape on which we spent so much time, helping to make our story even more complete. The undulations in the landscape is yet another piece that is missing from the maps of Siena, and one that creates an identity for the territory around Porta Giustizia.
The space we used to present our stories was lined with wildlife from the territory we studied. This was done not only to portray the importance of agriculture to the area around Porta Giustizia, but also to frame it and give the territory a reverence which we developed for it over our time in Siena. We wanted to show our respect and represent it in a manner in which it likely has never been portrayed, but one it is truly worthy of.
Perhaps the most important part of our project is its transience. After displaying our stories, they can be dismantled and (using the same string which held them in position along the topo) folded into a compact booklet, which we can take with us back to New Jersey. The topography model, like the real, existing landscape, remain in Siena, for others to study and learn from.
The final component was an offering to the community which has formed in our territory. Using the basic outline of the territory, we made a series of diagrammatic plates, each relaying something we uncovered from studying the territory. We wanted to give these people something that showed that we too understand the value of this area.
Some images of our presentation: