RESTORING, REUSING RURAL LANDSCAPES. A CASE STUDY: THE AREA OF MENFI IN SICILY

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Abstract

The contribution focuses on the potential of the rural landscape of Sicily, to copewith the depopulation of the smaller towns, by relying on an integratedconservation, which means not only the preservation of the endogenousterritorial resource values, but also the production of surplus values. The Italiancountryside is scattered with unknown and derelict “minor” heritage, thissubstantializes the European identity, and we should take action with a view torecovery and reuse it. However, in a time that sees a renewed interest in thepotential of the agrarian landscape, it is believed that the current concept ofrestoration, which is now extended to the cultural and environmental heritage,can link to the operations of re-use and enhancement applied to the landscape,leading to a local self-sustainable development. With this in mind, the case studylocated in an area that has suffered partially the 1968 earthquake is to be read.Among (often-questionable) reconstruction choices, declining demographicdynamics, some significant restoration of important buildings and anextraordinary agricultural heritage, we focused on Menfi and the near urbancentres. The analysis of the territory aims to present the natural andanthropogenic factors contributing to define the identity to be preserved and,simultaneously, to characterize the economic processes to produce aconsideration based on the balance between preservation and development, inline with the current MiBACT strategy. This land project, overcomingtraditional approaches of environmental protection and sector policies, draws apattern of slow paths networking new features inserted on abandoned building,urban and rural landscapes of great value, with an innovative approach to the“restoration of landscape”.
Lingua originaleItalian
Pagine623-633
Numero di pagine11
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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