Project Year​
Pastrengo, Italy​
Municipality of Pastrengo​
Lead Architect
Davide Longhi
Massimiliano Depieri
Alberto Tomei
Elena Spolaore
Andrea Turato
Lighting Design
Photo Credits


In the historic center of Pastrengo, in the 19th century, the axis of via Roma and the church square was consolidated, while to the west, in the mid-19th century, a “Building for use by the Town Hall and Municipal Schools” was built. Along the road axis, which reaches from north to south next to the Town Hall, the “Monumento ai caduti per la Patria” is placed, which definitively made it a public space. In the following years, due to the presence of the provincial road, the space of Piazza Carlo Alberto accelerated in its urban development, between the 1950s and the 1970s with new urban fronts of poor quality, while the rest of the historic center depopulated and emptied of commercial activities. Piazza Carlo Alberto had particularly attractive functions such as the municipal building and some nearby commercial establishments, but the car park and the bus stop occupied all the available space in the square. Paved in asphalt, it was not very usable for the community and of poor quality, despite the fact that very important national events took place there, such as the Festa dei Carabinieri for the re-enactment of the Battle of Pastrengo of the First War of Independence. Beyond the provincial road that runs along the square to the west, behind the twentieth-century building backdrop, a little-used car park was built a few years ago which, together with the car park behind the municipal building, could lighten the square from the constant encumbrance of cars. At the center of the square was the Monument to the Fallen which served more as a roundabout than as a structuring element of the urban space. The creation of a large pedestrian space facing the municipal building has created an interesting urban perspective, accentuated by the design of the pavement (made with geometries parallel to the facade of the Town Hall) which is made up of local materials. In this space, careful use has been made of porphyry cubes, in continuity with the existing pavements of via Roma, of large slabs of Lessinia stone, as in the Veronese tradition, interspersed with linear elements of cobblestone coming from the Adige, which runs along the city. Given the civic use of the square, the Venetian red pole has been inserted with the weather vane and the sphere, typical of the Venetian squares, which plays an important role in the relationship between the town hall and the monument, moving the center of gravity of the square from the provincial to the civic heart of the pedestrian space. The design process was structured according to “design moves” which can be summarized as follows:

  • limitation of vehicular traffic and movement of the bus stop along the provincial road;
  • enhancement of pedestrian connections with existing car parks and with pedestrian paths in the urban landscape (Hapsburg fort and historic centre) and the hill of San Zeno towards the Adige with its rural villas;
  • reduction of parking lots and rest areas;
  • creation of hedges and low-trunk trees to protect from the state road and tall trees to mask some low-value buildings;
  • extension of the pedestrian area;
  • integration with existing floors;
  • reuse and relocation of some stone elements present in the square (historic nineteenth-century benches);
  • integration of the war memorial into the design of the square;
  • integration with the existing town hall stairway;
  • insertion of the Venetian pole with the wind vane.


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Davide Longhi

Davide LONGHI was born in Vasto, Italy in 1969.
He graduated with honors in Architecture in Venice with an urban design thesis.
Winner of Max Kelly postgraduate scholarship to study Sydney Harbour’s Metropolitan
Strategies, promoted from the Australian Government of NSW .

He obtained a PHD in International Quality of Design with a thesis on urban
development in Asian cities.
He lives and works in Padua where he founded in 1999, PWSA, PatchWork Studio
Architects, a versatile container of studies, designs and projects.

The most important of his research themes is about the origin and transformations of
public spaces and wide-area planning; he won the national prize of Gubbio for the
squares of Pastrengo-Verona.
He has been following through the years, a lot of urban projects in Veneto Region,
working since 2006 on the PTRC, the Strategic Regional Plan of Veneto.

He has also worked on many residential projects around the world.
He loves a functional and creative home, at the same time. Fresh spaces but full of
life, and where the internal-external relationship is the key to interiors paths and
He is a lover of 1950s / 1970s design, especially Italian and American, and he loves to
include vintage pieces of modern design in his projects that he looks for with care.
Often the design of the stairs inside his own homes are coming a spatial landmark
and an interesting opportunity for a change of perspective within domestic spaces.
He loves designing the scenographic transitions of environments with light, which,
especially in the evening, light up with atmospheres.

He has followed numerous projects for shops and chains, and tries to respond with
innovative and functional spaces to the different types of merchandising.
Behind choices it often hides a very complex marketing strategy and a strong focus
on cost control. Above all the shops tell the expertise and professionalism of industrial
groups or enthusiasts about watchmaking, wine, food, coffee or producers of sofas
and furniture dealers.

He was the curator of the exhibition “Twentieth Century. Architectures and cities of
Veneto”, event of the XIII Biennale of Architecture in Venice and the author of the
eponymous volume.

He has held seminars, conferences and workshops In many universities: Sydney
(Sydney University and University of Technology, Sydney), Seoul (Myongji University),
Beijing (Tsinghua University), Brussels (Institut Supérieur ’’Architecture Saint-Luc),
Nancy (Ecole de Architecture), XXV and XXVI ILAUD (International Laboratory of
Architecture and Urban Design).

He has taught at:
2014-2015, University of Ferrara;
2014-16, Future University, Sudan;
2001-2013, IUAV University of Venice Faculty of Architecture;
2012-2013, University of Padua, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture;
2011-2013, Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP)
2004-2008, IUAV University of Venice, Faculty of Spatial Planning;
2005-2006, École National Supérieure d’Architecture in Strasbourg;
2003 École d’Architecture de Nancy;
2000 and 2001, I.L.A.U.D., International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design,
directed by Giancarlo De Carlo.