Silk Road Map - International Online -  project 8 of 42  
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irene ascari (italy), daniel tumiati (italy)
In the collective imagination the Silk Road is a forgotten past, where a business trip lasted months and the city became the route stopover, a meeting point of exchange between different cultures. The modern transportation systems make it difficult to imagine such a scenario. The planned rail lines become the occasion to relive some of those cities, located along the original Silk Road, and to create a new place for contemporary life, a city within a city, where to go and discover new types of commerce, art, thought and other cultures. This idea can be applied in settlements that lie on the original Silk Road and are crossed by the new railroad tracks also. Starting from the overlap between these two paths, the project has been designed for the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan (39 ° 39 '15''N 66 ° 57' 35''E) on the slopes of a hill on the outskirts of the city, where the project becomes a connection between the new transportation's systems, the historic town and the urban living spaces.