Villaseta: da quartiere modello a luogo di marginalità e degrado

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[automatically translated] The grant is intended to lay eyes on a settlement of public housing, the Villaseta district, designed after the famous landslide of Agrigento in 1966 and intended to accommodate the inhabitants of the ancient Rabato-Santa Croce district, extreme offshoot of the western city of Agrigento, which was abandoned following the event landslide. The ISES, trustee institution of the Ministry of Public Works, entrusts the urban planning and coordination of the new settlement to Professor Mario Ghio who collaborates with other distinguished architects such as Vittoria Calzolari, Sergio Lenci, Franco Berarducci and Sicilian Roberto Calandra and Antonio Bonafede. The choice of the site lies on a slight slope facing the south-west of the city beach, near a small pre-existing rural settlement. It is unclear how it came to identifying the site, so distant from the consolidated city, but you should note that the territories south of the city center were inedificabili, as enshrined in the Gui-Mancini Decree, and those to the north and west were unstable . The choice of this location, however, was much discussed locally, so that for getting prospective assignees and local administrators, the ministry undertook to build a new access routes to the city center. The result was the creation of the Akragas viaduct, which crosses the area bound by the Valley of the Temples and sinking the pilings on the remains of a necropolis. The Villaseta district, 70 hectares extended, provided for the settlement of about 5000 inhabitants. The draft plan proposes a road axis running east-west along which hooks up the building to house commercial activities, three school buildings, green areas and parking. The residence is divided into cells made up of different types of buildings, served by a network of pedestrian and vehicular routes. A downstream of the town are provided to sports facilities whose backdrop is the blue sea. It is a quality project, which proposes a complex urban dimension but, as has happened with other public interventions in the South, it will be carried out very slowly and excerpts. The lack of a culture of the common good, the sense of ownership and liability is certainly attributable to the current image of the Villaseta district, very different from that assumed in the original design. The totality of the open spaces versa in a deplorable condition degradation. The sports facilities in the settlement valley, incomplete and degraded now help to make even more bleak the landscape. Most of the houses have been subject to changes and modifications from residents who over time have customized independently no coordination between them. The result is that of a set of building units with elevations that vary in color between an elevation and the other, characterized by the presence of external fixtures of various types, as well as of huts and verandas, also these made of different materials. Many public spaces have been privatized with the inclusion of fences and gates.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationCittà pubblica/Paesaggi comuni. Materiali per il progetto degli spazi aperti dei quartieri ERP
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Abbate, G. (2013). Villaseta: da quartiere modello a luogo di marginalità e degrado. In Città pubblica/Paesaggi comuni. Materiali per il progetto degli spazi aperti dei quartieri ERP (pp. 29-32)