The Floating Piers (Christo & Jeanne-Claude) Mobility Model


The work developed by Systematica for Floating Piers, the land art installation thought and designed by the couple of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude for the Lake Iseo, was presented by IoArch n.65 (August 2016) in the article entitled “Floating Piers Mobility Model”.

The article briefly illustrates the main points of strength of Systematica’s mobility strategic plan – flexibility, constant monitoring, and adaptability – and asserts that this approach, adopted for all management aspects – safety, information, healthcare, weather forecast, etc. – of the event and hinged on a strict and effective collaboration among the organization, all public institutions and several planners, has launched a new model for the planning and management of big events.

After the successful experience of Expo 2015, Systematica was appointed to formulate the strategic multi-modal accessibility plan of the Floating Piers; the plan was then delivered to the territory for the subsequent translation in the operative / management plan; due to the necessity to ensure an adequate level of comfort and safety on the temporary piers, the overall plan was centred around the definition of the maximum pedestrian capacity of the work of art that, in turn, determined the maximum inbound / outbound capacity of all mobility systems provided: railways, roads, ferries as well as soft mobility modes.

One of the most strategic aim of the plan was to achieve a well-balanced and sustainable modal shift through the provision of an integrated transport system; with this respect, the regional and local rail services along the lake were strengthened, an articulated system of temporary remote and more local parking systems, served by bus shuttles, was devised and a wide traffic-restricted area around the site was in force to reduce the traffic pressure, protect pedestrian movements and guarantee effective connections with the parking lots.

The full version of the article can be read on IoArch_65 (Italian version).

For more information about the project, please visit the dedicated page.

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