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This essay describes the transformations of the coast of Palermo intended as a paradigm of its processes of physical, social and anthropological mutation of the 1900s. Processes that have seen large portions of the city and its geography transform into a very short time and that have required the elaboration of new critical categories able to interpret its present and its possible future directions. The geographical extent, the intensive nature, the time compression and the brutal dynamics of these changes may enable us to compare them with the effects that territories may suffer as a result of natural events or disasters. They were, however, the results of the subcultural expression that the city has experienced for fifty years, since the post-war period, of the men who have misgoverned it, often complicit in illicit and criminal business and speculative systems. It is up to today's society, the generation of new administrators and the most sensitive and innovative architectural and urban culture to find, in the same territories, the subjects for their physical, environmental and social regeneration. The essay analyzes the urban and architectural contexts that mark the Palermo coast for over 20 km, proposing regeneration hypotheses elaborated within the Palermo Knowlwdge City research _ Architectures of Postproduction, a research laboratory that feeds on studies conducted together with undergraduates, PhD students and young architects of the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo. The results of these studies, some already published others during publication, adopt the architectural project as an analytical-cognitive tool, an act of research and investigation, acted in an abduttive and circumstantial form.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLa bellezza è di tutti. Paesaggi costieri da comprendere, rigenerare e abitare
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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