TECHNE 23 (2022): Inside the Polycrisis. The Possible Necessary
Research and Experimentation

Phygital technologies for an open-air urban market during the pandemic crisis

Daniele Fanzini
Dipartimento di Architettura Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito, Politecnico di Milano
Laura Daglio
Dipartimento di Architettura Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito, Politecnico di Milano
Irina Rotaru
Direction Générale des Services, Ville de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Angelo De Cocinis
E-Making srl
Nour Zreika
Dipartimento di Architettura Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito, Politecnico di Milano
Published March 16, 2022
Keywords
  • Phygital space,
  • Phygital technologies,
  • co-design,
  • Open-Air Urban Market
How to Cite
Fanzini, D., Daglio, L., Rotaru, I., De Cocinis, A., & Zreika, N. (2022). Phygital technologies for an open-air urban market during the pandemic crisis. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (23), 156-166. https://doi.org/10.36253/techne-12147

Abstract

The pandemic crisis has definitively exposed the limits of a development model that the crisis of the new millennium had already amply demonstrated. Urban commerce has been heavily affected by the polycrisis, requiring innovative solutions to overcome it. In Saint-Germain-en-Laye (SGL), the problem was addressed through a relaunch project aimed at transforming the city centre of SGL into an open-air urban market through the pedestrianisation of selected areas and encouraging multimodality and multifunctionality of spaces and services assisted by digital technologies. The goal was pursued by leveraging the sense of community of the inhabitants and the ability to interpret their needs by a team made up of planners and designers from the municipal administration of Saint Germain-en-Laye and researchers in several different disciplines from the Politecnico di Milano. Overall, the experience was configured as a co-design activity aimed at experimenting with new ways of urban resilience for citizens and business keepers particularly affected by the effects of the pandemic.

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