Re-imagine, Re-load, Re-cycle: New Urbanism for the City of Future

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Abstract

The failure of European development model based on financial protocols urges the need to "re-think capitalism" toward a greater spatial dimension and a different approach in the use/reuse/reduction of the capitals utilised in development processes. Especially in Mediterranean Europe we have to restart from urban capitals (space, identity, quality, service and production) using them as renewed engines of sustainable growth (RE-IMAGINE).In the global change scenario, the shrinking city produces several urban "fragments", functional "chips" and "scraps" of development that, through a recycling process/project, can be brought back into urban infrastructures for new cycles of life (RE-CYCLE). They would be capable to generate new urban and suburban landscape based on abandonment, disposal, de-rating or change of use of urban settlements in a new urban renewal perspective.The field of my paper will cover both living and manufacturing issues, and logistic and military ones, working not only on material assets but also on intangible assets linked to identity resources in areas that can be recycled to produce a new “urban software” (RE-LOAD).The “ethic of responsibility” and the "aesthetic of innovation" in planning requires not only to ensure ecological sustainability of the settlements, but also concrete actions for a creative re-cycle of resources degraded by human activities, by re-activating their latent or potential values excluded from a “debit driven” development, and re-loading their full involvement in the project of the future of local communities in a renewed alliance with the cities.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteCritical Spaces. Contemporary Perspectives in Urban, Spatial and Landscape Studies
Pagine131-146
Numero di pagine16
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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