The construction of landscape usually starts from considering values such as beauty, history and utopia the main ingredients at the root of the transformations of our cities, often products of several human necessities that seem unfortunately not include the one of developing not only a comfortable but also a safe place to live in. In order to satisfy this more and more urgent request, we should think about uncertainty, fear and threat as possible points of departure from building urban landscapes which. Nowadays the attention to the social dimension seems to be for architects a “must” to review: our way to value, reinvent and configure spaces have to consider how much positional values, shape and function of architecture are related to the welfare of its users. An important alarm bell is the increasing level of danger of those areas with lively central character for their physical position or their main role. A more often common relation between territorial centrality and urban blight leads architects to read their area of intervention through the looking glass: central urban sceneries that in collective imaginary are crystallized in an almost romantic vision of landscape, on this side of the mirror translate themselves in an ugly picture of environmental damage, where reality appears in all its dramatic force. The task is to develop another picture where solutions of urban design meet the requirements of both spatial composition and domain. According to this, a lot of regenerating urban program has been actuated for old town centres, offering sometimes reasonable solutions able to raise the safety of this places. An important example of this measures could be described through the transformations of the Barrio Chino in Barcelona that changed the way of living this part of city for both local and international users, that appreciate the quality of this a-la-mode multicultural district. Looking at the problem from two different perspectives, the article is going to focus on the way to deal with other typologies of “areas of vulnerability”, showing the case-study of Mergellina in Naples (subject of my degree thesis), where its interpretation as “marginal area” leads to an analysis of its urban decay and to the construction of a “masterplan” that try to represent the identities of its different parts and to give to each one its own lively and peaceful space.

Through the looking glass: city and its picture

PARITA', GIUSEPPE
2009

Abstract

The construction of landscape usually starts from considering values such as beauty, history and utopia the main ingredients at the root of the transformations of our cities, often products of several human necessities that seem unfortunately not include the one of developing not only a comfortable but also a safe place to live in. In order to satisfy this more and more urgent request, we should think about uncertainty, fear and threat as possible points of departure from building urban landscapes which. Nowadays the attention to the social dimension seems to be for architects a “must” to review: our way to value, reinvent and configure spaces have to consider how much positional values, shape and function of architecture are related to the welfare of its users. An important alarm bell is the increasing level of danger of those areas with lively central character for their physical position or their main role. A more often common relation between territorial centrality and urban blight leads architects to read their area of intervention through the looking glass: central urban sceneries that in collective imaginary are crystallized in an almost romantic vision of landscape, on this side of the mirror translate themselves in an ugly picture of environmental damage, where reality appears in all its dramatic force. The task is to develop another picture where solutions of urban design meet the requirements of both spatial composition and domain. According to this, a lot of regenerating urban program has been actuated for old town centres, offering sometimes reasonable solutions able to raise the safety of this places. An important example of this measures could be described through the transformations of the Barrio Chino in Barcelona that changed the way of living this part of city for both local and international users, that appreciate the quality of this a-la-mode multicultural district. Looking at the problem from two different perspectives, the article is going to focus on the way to deal with other typologies of “areas of vulnerability”, showing the case-study of Mergellina in Naples (subject of my degree thesis), where its interpretation as “marginal area” leads to an analysis of its urban decay and to the construction of a “masterplan” that try to represent the identities of its different parts and to give to each one its own lively and peaceful space.
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