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Il verde pubblico nel nuovo contesto urbano postpandemico

Claudia de Biase, Università della Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’
Marco Calabrò, Università della Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’

Accepted: July 2021 | Published Online:  August 2021  | DOI: 10.13128/contest-12804


The experience of the Covid-19 pandemic forces, among other things, cities to change their traditional approach to emergency regimes. Crisis phenomena - no longer only economic, but also health and environmental - now represent a reality to which to deal daily with, a reality that poses unprecedented demands, to which adequate responses must be provided. In this context, physical distancing, which implies spatial distance, requires, first of all, a revision of the ways of living on a collective level, and this is the reason why one of the forms in which urban resilience will have to manifest itself will be the ability to reorganize the use of public space, to simultaneously guarantee collective enjoyment and safeguard the necessary distancing measures. That said, the paper aims to investigate the critical issues that today characterize the management of the place par excellence in which this challenge becomes vital, that is the public green space (equipped public green, urban green, extra-urban green and neighborhood green). In particular, the study - in questioning the continuing relevance of the purely quantitative model referred to in the Ministerial Decree n. 1444/1968 - questions the possible ways of reconciling the (divergent) needs of the collective use of green areas, on the one hand, and the satisfaction of social distancing objectives, on the other; as well as, more generally, on the possible identification of a sustainable and effective regulatory model capable of enhancing the centrality of the role that green areas are destined to play in the contemporary resilient city.

Keywords: pandemic, public space, urban standard, urban green spaces

Getting prepared to be surprised? Reflecting on urban planning and design in times of uncertainty

Martina Bovo, Politecnico di Milano
Beatrice Galimberti, Politecnico di Milano

Accepted: August 2021 | Published Online:  August 2021  | DOI: 10.13128/contest-12830


On a radio programme at the beginning of May 2021, philosopher and psychoanalyst Romano Madera observed that although there will always be a new crisis that will sneak up on us, we can do something crucial: we can get prepared to be surprised by crises. This apparently contradictory statement, and the context it stems from, triggered a reflection on planning and radical uncertainty, and solicited us to map existing and emerging approaches that planning theory has used to address (un)known unknowns. Starting from this map and contextualising this discussion in recent responses to the COVID-19 crisis, we argue that radical uncertainty requires planning and design to move into two complementary dimensions; namely, navigating by sight through the implementation of plural approaches, and at the same time, tracing/adjusting the route, by the choice of horizon of meaning that gives direction to our actions.

Keywords: Preparedness, Urban planning, Radical uncertainty, COVID-19, Italy

Il riuso degli immobili a destinazione produttiva dismessi e il ruolo dei crediti edilizi da rinaturalizzazione istituiti dalla legge Veneto 2050

Vittorio Ferri, Università IUAV di Venezia
Francesco Gastaldi, Università IUAV di Venezia

Accepted: July 2021 | Published Online:  August 2021  | DOI: 10.13128/contest-12622


The abandonment of buildings for manufacturing is a relevant issue for the Veneto Region economy and territorial quality. This work analyzes the reuse of these sites and the territorial government choices by the regional authority in terms of renaturalization credits. The aim is to understand the state of the art of the reuses carried out and the effectiveness of the new regional regulations. The methodology relies on the factors enabling the redevelopment, the features of the reuse and the Veneto Region's regulations. The paper demonstrates an improvement in the regional regulatory framework towards a better environmental and territorial quality and increasing reuses practice, but insufficient to enable the reuse of old manufacturing buildings.

Keywords: economic crisis, manufacturing buildings, incentives, governance

Essere terrestri

Paolo Perulli, Università del Piemonte Orientale

Accepted: July 2021 | Published Online:  August 2021  | DOI: 10.13128/contest-12991


Will we terrestrials be richer or poorer, safer or more insecure, better-off or worse in the future world? It depends on how, in today’s unprecedented crisis, we will correct errors and injustices made during the last 30 years of globalization. Today’s world is guided by irresponsible élites who have placed the Earth at risk, and have produced a planetary new plebs poorer and vulnerable, whereas the creative class is gifted with knowledge but powerless. Tomorrow’s world can be a ‘glocal’ intelligent society. How to reach it is a matter of close dialogue with modernity and progress to fully rethink.

Keywords: Land, territory, place, uprooting, glocalization

La città dopo la pandemia. Problemi emergenti.

Bianca Petrella, Università della Campania

Accepted: July 2021 | Published Online:  August 2021  | DOI: 10.13128/contest-12816


The paper gives a short overview of the global situation. The difficulty to compare a city with another one is underlined. From the analysis on the pandemic confinement, we can see that the urban discomfort is different in the different residential areas. The paper also emphasises the role of the urban plan and it looks at the Italian spending plan for #NextGenerationItalia and the potential falling back on the future urban organisation. We recall the main theories and the best practices of the near past. The strategic significance of the relationship between the future economic model and the cities.

Keywords: Urban changes, Pandemic, Urban facilities, Current programmes

Modelli integrati di governance di economia circolare a livello urbano: il caso di Prato

Tania Salvi, Università di Firenze
Leonardo Borsacchi, ARCO
Valerio Barberis, Università di Firenze

Accepted: July 2020 | Published Online: August 2021 | DOI: 10.13128/contest-12818


Productive districts introduce a principle of bio-uniqueness between the urban and productive dimensions at the territorial level. The Terrestrial questions the relationship between human and non-human agents and highlights the role of territory in charting the course of politics. The territory as a response to the environmental and social crisis, and as the only future horizon for both old and new inhabitants. The adoption of circular economy policies leads to a confrontation with innovative solutions and pushes towards increased sustainability of cities and their production systems. The city of Prato, known for its textile district, has promoted integrated policies and strategies to accelerate the circular transition. Prato Circular City has as its strengths the involvement of local stakeholders and a methodological approach based on governance that addresses priority issues for the definition of shared policies. The circular city model is a possible response of the territory to the crisis: a strategy to promote innovation, social cohesion and territorial resilience.

Keywords: Urban policies, governance, ecological transition, circular economy, local sustainable development

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