Architettura “circolare” e rinnovamento urbano: La trasformazione dell’edilizia speciale nella città in crisi

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Over the last decade we have been witnessing a permanent state of crisis of the building market. This was the ultimate outcome of the fallacious prophecy of an “absolute freedom” prompted by globalization processes and explicitly intended
in favor of a well-being massive improvement in the western world. On one side we have been told by financial capitalism we would have been completely liberated by any form of territorial limitation and constrain, still acting at political, cultural, economic and social level because of national control and management. Nothing to say that, to pursue this result, we have been seduced by the unprecedented power and capacity achieved by Technique, especially
in the field of infrastructure for enhancing mobility of people, goods, data and financial resources. On the other, it was as well omitted we have been perversely forced to fall into captivity in the resulting absolute freedom, not having anymore the possibility to escape it. The implicit compliance of people with the fore coming trends- made effective by the massive private debt- ultimately resulted in a subdual condition of indeterminacy and loss of horizon, where apparently everything was within one’s reach. Not by chance, reaction to this permanent
“state of exception”, artificially developed out of any human control, progressively happened as people started realizing they have heavily underestimated the danger of living beyond their possibility. As a consequence, the new production chain, fuelled by the creative finance, was suddenly arrested by the individual inability to carry it on even more, determining the
crisis of financial capitalism itself. This paper is reflecting on this paradoxical situation, of whose implications many of us are not fully aware, finding in the past historical epochs evidences of the necessity to emancipate by a condition of
indeterminacy. Even more, arguments are put to the fore in favor of processual typology and its capacity to interpret urban form transformation after a long period of decay and standstill. In particular, waiting land reclamation, constantly
occurred over the centuries, may offers very interesting precedents to be analyzed, promoting conceptual and design tools to deal with an increasing spread of abandoned buildings. What dramatically emerges is the loss of autonomy in controlling our destiny, i.e the dismissal of the capacity to predict the future. This justify why is so important nowadays to question the foundation of the design theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-40
Number of pages10
JournalU+D Urbanform and Design
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Urban morphology
  • building typology
  • basic buildings
  • specialized realtion
  • vacancy
  • regeneration process


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