Vol. 20 No. 1 (2022): Walking and Staying in the Landscape

Camminare per significare. Riflessioni progettuali sugli incontri nello spazio

Roberto Germanò
DiAP (Dipartimento di Architettura e Progetto), Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”
Published July 1, 2022
  • Pauses,
  • sequences,
  • perception,
  • topography,
  • climax
How to Cite
Germanò, R. (2022). Camminare per significare. Riflessioni progettuali sugli incontri nello spazio. Ri-Vista. Research for Landscape Architecture, 20(1), 144-151. https://doi.org/10.36253/rv-12527


Walking is a crucial aspect. It is a cognitive act acquired exclusively through direct experience. The movement of the subject across space deeply affects the project. What role can the act of walking play in the construction of a meaning? This question seeks answers in a central case study: the Filopappo’s route, designed by Pikionis, with a close reading of the path made up of encounters and pauses. Starting from observations on spatial sequences, the essay focuses on each step of the design process in which architectural elements shape the time of the experience and provide purpose: suggesting possibilities, inviting to rest or contemplate. Offering not only a formal structure but also a spatial punctuation provided by breaking points. Overcoming the simple geometric aspect, we analyze the perceptive aspects of the environment that predispose the subject and tune it with the atmosphere of the space.


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