Water and Asphalt

Water and Asphalt

The Project of Isotropy

Living and working, water and asphalt: the 21st century's urban challenges



Title Information

Edited by Paola Viganò, Bernardo Secchi, and Lorenzo Fabian

1st edition

, 2016


240 pages, 216 color and 79 b/w illustrations

22.5 x 22.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-906027-71-5

UFO: Explorations of Urbanism 5


Water and Asphalt, the latest volume in the UFO series, investigates the metropolitan area of Venice with regard to the increasing separation of residential and industrial neighborhoods. It is based on an extensive research project at Venice’s Università IUAV on urban density and sprawl.

The densely populated metropolitan region around the world-famous “Sernenissima”, crisscrossed by networks of roads and waterways, provides the ideal test case for imagining the concept termed by this study as the Project of Isotropy. The researchers argue that conditions now exist for redevising the isotropic space in Venice with a focus on the water system, roads and public transportation, alternative mobility, forms of diffused welfare, innovative agriculture, and the decentralized production of energy.

With contributions by Mariano Andreani, Agostino Cappelli, Chiara Cavalieri, Lorenzo Fabian, Viviana Ferrario, Irene Guida, Paola Pellegrini, Bernardo Secchi, Luisa Siotto, Paola Viganò, and Giambattista Zaccariotto.


Previously published in the UFO: Explorations of Urbanism series:

Water Urbanisms – East

Village in the City

Authors & Editors

Mariano Andreani

Agostino Cappelli

Chiara Cavalieri

 is an architect and urbanist. She works as a resrearcher and lecturer at Università IUAV di Venezia and as a post-doc researcher at EPFL in Lausanne.

Lorenzo Fabian

Viviana Ferrario

Irene Guida

Paola Pellegrini

Bernardo Secchi

 (1934–2014) was a professor at Università IUAV di Venezia and 1976–82 Dean of Politecnico di Milano. In 1990, he founded Milano-based planning studio 0 15 together with Paola Viganò.

Luisa Siotto

Paola Viganò

 is co-founder of the Milano-based urban design firm Studio 015. She also teaches as a professor of urban theory and design at at Università IUAV di Venezia and at EPFL in Lausanne.

Giambattista Zaccariotto