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PARTICIPATIVE GARDEN PROJECT BY MIRKO NIKOLIĆ AT ECOISMI 2012
WITH ASSISTANCE OF IL FOLLETTO VERDE AND WITH HELP OF 17 GARDENER/MAPPERS

June 15, 2012

A BOAT RIDE ON THE RIVER ADDA

The most important element for the birth and the development of the city has been water, its hydric system. In the area around Cassano d'Adda have been ingeniuosly combined natural flows with artificial constructions, such as dykes and canals, to create an astonishingly successful and aesthetically beautiful system for transportation and irrigation. One of the grandest rivers of Lombardy, Adda, coasts the city on the eastern side. The Martesana Channel, an important artery of Milan's channel (or naviglio) system, flows out from Adda, approaches the city from the north, and, after making an acrobatic L-turn advances eastward towards Milan, skirting Cassano on the north side. There are three big islands on Adda, one of which is naturally Isola Borromeo which hosts Ecoismi 2012.

What struck me as interesting is that Cassano, the city with its buildings, has generally not developed along Adda's banks, due also to the fact that there is a diference in height of 10-15 m. The only exception is the Castello, the city castle, which dominates the juncture between channel Muzza and the main Adda's flow. Otherwise, there is a strip of land, often covered by trees, which gently divides the city from the river. This natural wall, combined with the difference in height, means that, if were to take a boat ride along the coast of Cassano, we would not see much of the city. Nevertheless, this experience is possible on the Garden Map, and we can take a ride from the southern tip of the city to its north most tip.

The first city element approaching from the south is Cassano's power plant.
The yellow tagetes row stands for the train station.
Neighbourhoods around Via Stazione.
The city's east most fraction, Cascine di San Pietro, lay at a distance from Adda.
Here the city rejoins the river, with Villa Brambilla which actually descends straight on the river bank.
Another city's fraction east of Adda, Cascate (waterfalls in Italian).
Via Vittorio Veneto in perspective.
Castello in orange tagetes, just over the juncture.
Ecoismi 2012, with its 12 art pieces, blossoms on Isola Borromeo.
A little channel which divides Isola Borromeo and the linen factory island (which is not exactly on the island).
The southern part of the north most fraction of Cassano, Groppello d'Adda.
Leaving Groppello behind.
Via Vaprio which procceds north towards Vaprio d'Adda, and on Garden Map, reconnects with the park routeo.

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