Sustainability, Territorial Resources and Social Capital

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In Italy, in the last two decades, new methods of intervention in planning and land policies have beenused, which focused more and more on territorial government, governance, development, cohesionand environmental sustainability. One of the main factors that has contributed to the dissatisfaction ofthe residents is the lack of quality in the towns, which has been more and more characterized by urbandecay and by lack of services and gathering places. Giving back environmental, economic and socialquality to degraded areas or recovering abandoned public spaces responds definitely to the concept ofsustainable city limiting urban sprawl and reducing environmental impacts inherent in the built environment.Moreover, soil consumption in also related to the economics involved, in other words whatwe commonly call cost to the environment, which cannot be underestimated if the perspective withwhich we work is that of improving sustainability. In this overview, new forms of cooperation betweencitizens and public authorities for the care and regeneration of the commons goods is essential. Citizenparticipation is certainly an important element to develop and to support sustainable policies. Thecontribution of a multidisciplinary approach, highlights interventions of urban regeneration and modelsof participated urban planning realized in some Sicilian towns in recent years. Through a participatedmanagement, a socio-economic integration of technology and culture has been undertaken thanks to theaesthetic functional and technological restoration of the places.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-828
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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