CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati- unveils a new plan for Lugano’s waterfront


The new plan for Lugano’s waterfront – presented by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and MIC-Mobility- aims to increase the links between city and lake with a system of innovative public spaces.


CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, in partnership with Mobility in Chain (MIC), has unveiled a new vision for the waterfront of Lugano, in Switzerland.
The proposed plan envisions a system of spaces for public enjoyment, featuring a floating garden island connected by a new water navigation system and reconfigurable roads capable of responding to people in real-time.
The vision addresses the present disconnection between Lugano and its lake. The congested waterfront will become partly pedestrianized, with the addition of a dynamic road system that can be configured with zero, one or two lanes at different times of the day, as well as shared surfaces with playgrounds and social gathering spaces. Electric autonomous vehicles and micro-mobility solutions will integrate private mobility into the new plan.
The proposed dynamic waterfront also includes a system of smart signage, responsive street furniture, infrastructure that produces clean energy from heat absorption, and a series of mobility hubs where people can select their preferred, shared mode of transport.
Lugano’s distinctive waterfront, nestled between the Swiss Alps and the glacial lake, is an opportunity to create a responsive edge for the city, experimenting with novel ways of blending nature and urban space,” says Carlo Ratti, founding partner at CRA and director of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The focus of the intervention preserves the historical value of the lakefront designed by Pasquale Lucchini in 1863 and envisions it as a transition zone between the city and the water. Among the proposed interventions, the vision plan outlines ways to physically connect Lugano and its lake – allowing the town to stretch out onto the lake thanks to a newly created floating island accessible to the public. The rotating island would be connected to the city by a series of boardwalks, and it would host a series of public spaces, including a garden to preserve the biodiversity of Lake Lugano.
The proposed regeneration was initially presented to private partners involved in the Lugano Living Lab, a collaborative platform to promote urban development through innovation in the area. Companies involved in the Lugano Living Lab and interested in the regeneration of Lugano expressed their support for the project.





A vision for the Lugano lakefront | FACT SHEET

A project by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati with MIC-Mobility in Chain
Creative Consultant: Italo Rota
CRA Team: Carlo Ratti, Andrea Cassi (project manager), Alberto Benetti, Chiara Borghi, Serena Giardina, Federico Riches, Galla Vallée
CRA Graphic team: Pasquale Milieri, Gary di Silvio, Gianluca Zimbardi.
MIC Team: Federico Parolotto (project supervisor), Francesca Arcuri (project manager), Lucia Bocchimuzzi, Loris Sciacchitano (planners and data analyst), Federico Cicu, Anna Vnukovskaya (transport modeling)
With the collaboration of TIRESIA, the International Research Center of Politecnico di Milano’s School of Management.

Images courtesy of CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati

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