Exton, Pa. – July 31, 2008 – The city of Genoa, Italy, has selected Bentley Systems, Incorporated, to be the exclusive technology sponsor of the new Genoa Urban Lab. The announcement was made during a ceremony at Galata Museo del Mare, Genoa. The mission of the new lab, which was designed by 1998 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Renzo Piano, is to create a sustainable development plan for the city. Bentley will provide the Urban Lab project team with MicroStation, Bentley Map, Bentley Descartes, Bentley Architecture, GenerativeComponents, Bentley Structural, and Bentley GEOPAK Site software to help it prepare new urban planning regulations and create an integrated development plan that will encompass Genoa’s strategic city projects; infrastructure; seaport; surrounding natural environment; and cultural and historical asset improvements. The company will also provide software training through its Bentley LEARN program – which gives organizations unlimited access to OnDemand eLearning from the Bentley Institute – and will help furnish the lab. The Urban Lab is located on the 28-meter-long Studio-Ship created for the project and docked at Port Antico.
Commenting on this strategic initiative, Genoa Mayor Marta
Vincenzi said, “Municipalities large and small need to think differently in the
face of challenges such as global warming, shrinking supplies of natural
resources, rapidly accelerating demand for infrastructure in developing
nations, and growing shortages of new talent entering the engineering
professions. Today, the goal must always be to design and build sustainable
infrastructure that sustains society and the environment.
“In establishing the Genoa Urban Lab we have gathered some
of the top design and urban planning minds from around the world. Their keen
insight and vision, coupled with the advanced capabilities of Bentley’s solutions
for the lifecycle of infrastructure, will enable us to create an innovative and
effective plan that respects the city’s different environments by establishing firm
boundaries between built areas, green areas, and blue or seaside areas. Quality
growth will replace quantity growth, and our design philosophy will be to ‘build
on built’ rather than to encroach further on our precious natural
Bentley COO Malcolm Walter, “The mission of the Urban Lab is very much in
alignment with our own mission at Bentley: to provide solutions to design,
build, and operate the world’s infrastructure with the goals of sustaining our
society, sustaining our environment, and sustaining the infrastructure
professions – the
architects and engineers, the surveyors and planners, and the contractors and
operators who play a key role in sustaining infrastructure.
516 years ago, Christopher Columbus, Genoa’s
most famous son, set forth on a voyage of discovery that changed the way we
view the world. So it is fitting that the Urban Lab is on a ship in Genoa – ready for its own voyage of discovery. But
unlike Columbus and his small crew, the project team setting the stage for Genoa’s future will not be
sailing alone. It will share this journey with the many architects and
engineers around the globe who are working to find more sustainable solutions
The Urban Lab project team is comprised of highly
experienced members of Genoa’s
mapping department as well as some of the brightest young architects and engineers
from leading universities. The team is guided by a small group of renowned
architectural and urban planning experts called the “Table of Ideas.” The group
is led by Piano and also includes Oriol Bohigas, an award-winning architect widely
recognized for his work on the Barcelona Olympics; Amanda Burden, chair of the New York City Planning Commission and director
of the Department of City Planning; and
2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Richard Rogers, former chief advisor
on architecture and urbanism to the mayor of London.
Among those participating in today’s
Urban Lab ceremony were Renzo Piano, renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, Mayor
Vincenzi, and Malcolm Walter.
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Genoa, Italy, Selects Bentley Systems to Facilitate Sustainable Development Plan
August 5, 2008