"Passata è la tempesta …”. A land use planning vision for the Italian Mezzogiorno in the post pandemic

Keywords: Italian Mezzogiorno, Regional Development, Regional Planning


The Covid-19 pandemic event can activate a comprehensive reflection on the change of development models, overcoming the current unsustainable ones. Present events in Italy are mainly affecting Northern Regions but also the Southern ones will suffer from economic consequences, related to the pandemic. This is particularly relevant for the marginal areas of the Italian Mezzogiorno. The article highlights issues that are deemed relevant for including inner areas of Italian Southern regions into the process of economic recovery after the pandemic, in order to avoid the deepening of the long lasting North South imbalance, in the light of the growing depopulation of this part of the Country. The focus is on the role of Health Services, Education, Built up Environment and Transports, systems considered as key elements for promoting a well-balanced use of existing territorial assets. The real challenge is to reverse this terrible threat into an opportunity, introducing effective changes into the way we waste our limited planetary resources, especially the territorial ones. In this direction, Southern regions can play a fundamental role for increasing the resilience of the entire nation.


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Author Biographies

Paolo La Greca, University of Catania

Professor of City and Regional Planning, at the University of Catania, former Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture and component of academic Senate. He is President of the CeNSU - National Centre of Urban Studies, (Rome), and has been also VP of the ISoCaRP - International Society of City and Regional Planners (The Hague). He is member of the PhD program “Evaluation and mitigation of Risks at urban and regional level”, of the University of Catania. La Greca main research interests include Territorial and Urban Planning and Management aimed at urban renewal and environmental remediation. His researches has led to an extensive range of publications including books printed both in Italy and abroad.

Francesco Martinico, University of Catania

Professor of Town Planning at the University of Catania, School of Architecture, he received a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning in 1999. He spent one year as Research Trainee at Insead in France. He is currently project leader of Adaptm, an Erasmus+ program which includes partners from Egypt, Greece, Lithuania and Slovenia. His main fields of interests are regional planning, innovation in land use management, and the use of Gis. His on field experience extends over 30 years and includes plans of various scales, from urban master plans to regional and landscape protection plans, using an holistic approach that is particularly committed to environmental issues. He is author of several books and papers on planning related topics.

Fausto Carmelo Nigrelli, University of Catania

Professor of Urban and regional planning at the University of Catania, CEAA (Certificate of Advanced Studies in Architecture) at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris, Belleville (France) and Ph.D. in Urban and regional planning at the University of Palermo in 1996. From 2019, he is DEA "Directeur d'Etudes Associés"on Urban Project at the Paris Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. He is scientific Director of Special School “Emilio Sereni” on Storia e gestione del paesaggio nelle aree rurali. His research interests include urban and regional planning, landscape planning and territorial heritage, tourism and local development, the governance of territorial transformation, small cities and inner areas. He is actively engaged in scientific advisory activities for the local and regional authorities.


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How to Cite
La Greca, P., Martinico, F., & Nigrelli, F. C. (2020). "Passata è la tempesta …”. A land use planning vision for the Italian Mezzogiorno in the post pandemic. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 213-230. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/6853
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