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Urban redevelopment: meaning and projects

Urban redevelopment: meaning and projects

Urban redevelopment, a term that is very fashionable but not always words correspond to facts. It is beautiful and brings consensus to talk about urban redevelopment, only in some cases the interventions are there and work. The most difficult but all the more necessary is the urban redevelopment of less central and busy areas, those often used to put what cannot be accommodated in plain sight in the center or near some prestigious building. Done in a virtuous and permanent way, the redevelopment has a positive effect on the quality of life of the whole city and not just the district concerned.

The relations between citizens they are more serene in an area where you live well, you tend to respect the environment: if it is clean and tidy, I leave it clean and tidy. Conversely, when a place is poorly maintained and dirty, there is little trouble throwing away a piece of paper, “either one more or one less”. It is perhaps cynical to admit it but many people think this way, urban redevelopment can change things and even habits.

Urban redevelopment: definition

When we talk about urban redevelopment we mean a "package" of actions aimed at recovering and redeveloping the pre-existing building heritage, especially in the most degraded suburbs. The redevelopment does not only concern what is built but also the public spaces like the squares, the underpasses, the gardens.

The logic with which one intervenes must put in front of all the well-being of residents and respect for the environment. When you want to get serious, they are associated with the regeneration of buildings and spaces, even type interventions cultural, social, economic and environmental.

Urban redevelopment: meaning

The literal meaning is clear enough, the more "symbolic" meaning urban redevelopment is very much about becoming aware of the fact that the world can be made a better place to live, starting with arranging the corner in which we live.

From the neighborhood garden, from the facade of the building, from the square, it starts again, a green and civic conscience is set in motion.

Urban regeneration: projects

It is not possible to make an improvised and extemporaneous urban redevelopment intervention, it is necessary to create and present gods projects, better if shared with several institutions or even private or associative subjects but who care about the environment from both a social and ecological point of view.

There are projects that concern an entire city, others that are limited to a district, in both cases the wide-ranging project they are part of is that of create cities that are increasingly on a human scale. Redeveloping an abandoned building, road, underpass or wall, piece by piece, like a patchwork.

Urban redevelopment and parks

Parks, above all parquets and small gardens neighborhoods, frequented by teenagers and children with mothers or babysitters following, are often the subject of urban redevelopment projects. It is good that this is the case, because when they are beautiful places also become an opportunity for the creation of a bond between residents positive and collaborative. Therefore, urban redevelopment from a small garden is welcome.

Sometimes just arranging the playground with some well maintained and colorful equipment, enclose a dog area and install benches and drinking fountains that invite people to living your own space and respecting it.

Urban requalification and urban regeneration

Clear what urban redevelopment is, let's talk about urban regeneration, a process that we can schematize as if it were a show in three acts: the redevelopment of historic centers, typical of the 1970s, the recovery of abandoned areas, in vogue in the 1980s, and then the redevelopment of residential neighborhoods that were built with low quality criteria, building, architectural and urban planning.

Urban regeneration: European funds

There is a financial planning of the European Union for the period 2014-2020 that it offers new opportunities for urban development. This type of policy also aims at job creation, at sustainable exploitation of energy resources and the development of sustainable mobility, as well as urban regeneration.

Urban redevelopment: examples

To avoid being xenophiles, let's look at examples of urban redevelopment in progress in the main Italian cities. TO Milan after Expo, we can mention that of the Cascina Merlata district, a Turin there are a series of interventions that combine public works for public spaces and inclusion services, as in the case of the Incet Innovation Hub project. Also to Rome, in the San Basilio and Corviale districts, public spaces are being arranged.

To take a look at how cities can be colored, in addition to retraining, here is a valuable reading "Graffiti. Art and public order " by Alessandro Dal Lago and Serena Giordano, available at 12 euros also on Amazon. Those who want to explore and learn more about the ways in which greenery and cities can coexist can read the article dedicated toUrban agroecology

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