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Links for Recycling in Urban Regeneration

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Starting with theories about the complexity of living systems, the paper examines territory as an open living system and focuses on the importance of links in order to support its existence. In this sense, constructing and maintaining links between each component of the territory means thinking about the project as a linking act. A necessary precondition in the design process is the ability to treat the complexity of the stratified historical experience of the territory like a palimpsest. Grappling with the division and the fragmentation found at the fringes of contemporary European urban territories, the paper proposes two types of links for an urban recycling project: encouraging alliances between inhabitants and between the societies and environments that contain them; and restoring the deep link between building technique and the environment. In this theoretical framework, the paper examines two emblematic case studies of the fringe urban context. The first one deals with an ambitious recycling project in an area in the west of Milan: the Boscoincittà Park. The second deals with the reuse of the traditional earth-building technique in Sardinia, and focuses on Cagliari's hinterland.
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Keywords: Boscoincittà; Cagliari's hinterland; links; living systems; project

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 October 2017

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