Regenerating Urban Spaces: A Brief Commentary on Green Infrastructures for Landscape Conservation

  • Fabio Bianconi Università degli Studi di Perugia. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Matteo Clemente Università di Roma "La Sapienza" http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4288-3668
  • Marco Filippucci Università degli studi di Perugia. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Luca Salvati Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA)
Keywords: Urban Regeneration, Urban Periphery, Urban Infill, Public Spaces, Green Infrastructure

Abstract

The present study debates on the issue of urban regeneration in contemporary cities, adopting a strategic vision which includes the use of vegetation and green infrastructure to create a network of public spaces. Especially, urban periphery lacks of public spaces, meaning a public use of urban space for outdoor activities and social networks. The extraordinary program for the Italian peripheries, addressed to all the metropolitan cities and provincial capitals in 2016, inspired to Renzo Piano idea of “re-sewing” urban fabrics, has been a good opportunity for testing new approaches to urban regeneration. The case study investigated in this study is the financed project for the city of Perugia, which provides different interventions aimed at improving (and developing new) public spaces through vegetation enhancement and a large area destined to vegetable social gardens as a strategy for urban infill.  By recovering public spaces with social purpose and providing a comprehensive strategy for aesthetic improvement of the city, the case study provides a representative example, how greening the city may promote together biodiversity conservation and urban regeneration.

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Author Biographies

Fabio Bianconi, Università degli Studi di Perugia. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Engineer, Associate Professor of the University of Perugia, Ph.D. in Design and Survey of the University of Ancona. He has taught at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and the University of Trento. He is author of several monographs and articles published in national and international journals.

Matteo Clemente, Università di Roma "La Sapienza"

Architect, PhD; research fellow and adjunct professor at Sapienza University of Rome, he deals with the themes of public space, urban regeneration and landscape design. Among his publications: Re-design dello spazio pubblico (Franco Angeli, 2017); Comporre e scomporre l'architettura (Aracne, 2012).

Marco Filippucci, Università degli studi di Perugia. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Engineer, PhD in Sciences of Representation and Survey at "La Sapienza" University of Rome. He is a research fellow and adjunct professor at the University of Perugia, where he is interested in the themes of representation. He is the author of articles and essays and has been awarded by the Italian Union of Design with the silver plate.

Luca Salvati, Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA)

PhD, researcher at the Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), 15 years experience in the analysis of complex urban and peri-urban systems. He has published more than 200 articles in English, essays and books.

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Published
2018-04-30
How to Cite
Bianconi, F., Clemente, M., Filippucci, M., & Salvati, L. (2018). Regenerating Urban Spaces: A Brief Commentary on Green Infrastructures for Landscape Conservation. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 11(1), 107-118. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/5216