Verso una rigenerazione operante della città
In: U+D urbanform and design: 14, 2020
In the name of regeneration, the study on the historical city and the deep linkage between city and architecture is renewed. For years at the heart of the political agenda in Europe and worldwide, “urban regeneration” not only implies a comparison with history, but also global objectives of social inclusion, economic upturn, environmental sustainability. A design project is more difficult when placed in a historical context left to decay, a melting pot of different people and a crucial point in the metropolitan layout that calls for a complete and complex renew of the relation between architectural design and
urban morphology. This is the case of the San Lorenzo district in Rome, an urban island intra moenia once was recognised for its archaeological-monumental heritage that is now recognisable for its anthropological-cultural mixité.
This article aims to define guidelines and strategies that qualify design when it fits into a consolidated urban fabric, highlighting the role of morphology as an analytical prerequisite for interpreting the built landscape and a synthetic one for configuring new spaces as a natural evolution of reality.
The challenge of contemporary design lies both in understanding and respecting the inner logic of a specific city neighbourhood and in making it unique and operating within a more complex and cross-scale system. Regenerating does not mean generating again, but knowing how to continue creating unity, continuity and vitality of the urban organism.
Keywords: urban morphology, reading and designing, operating regeneration.