The research and materials collected in this book try to
anticipate future scenarios and are, through a study of the most
advanced European experiences, as a tool towards ways of doing today in
the contemporary city.
The value of this publication allows you to trace a semantic map of
strategies and reflections on areas less normate investigated and
architecture, on side considerations that work on the imprecision and
arbitrariness margins, spaces no prescription where today you can
recognize quality the buildings.
Studies tell of projects that have had opportunities for comparison
with real constraints, compromised by social and political contexts at
various levels and closely linked to economic limits, discussing issues
relating to different application fields such as history, architectural
and structural design the technological analysis, socio-economic
implications and the landscape environment relationship and the city.
Eutopia Urbana, remodelage, references, adaptive maintenance, adaptive
Exoskeleton, Rural Urban are the key words that accompanied the
research work of several interdisciplinary teams that responded to the
multiple degrees of inadequacy of the buildings surveyed.
The analyzes carried out have made it clear that, if the urban
regeneration operations are addressed in a coordinated manner with more
skills, generating new systems of production and consumption of real
estate assets, including in Italy could actually become a new driving
force for the economy.
Urban regeneration is therefore not just a hope, a non-existent place,
but a reality that can mutate into a utopia "eutopia" (eu-topos),
transforming slums, housing sprawl, sprawl, in "good places" to
intervene on the concrete with suction and ideological position of a
The operation of remodelage or adaptive maintenance is intended as an
integrated method capable of operations, from a technological point of
view and typological, to improve and update the architectural objects
through the use of practices and interchangeable construction systems
able to anticipate future contexts long-term development.
The adaptive Maintenance is thus combined with the concept of
integration at a structural level, energy quality, the plant level,
type-morphological, and to the concept of "riestetizzazione" (or ready
made) existing building.
Another keyword in the search investigated Exoskeleton is adaptive, ie
the possibility of rehabilitating the buildings by adopting a sort of
prosthesis to be used outside and in addition to improve the earthquake
resistance can allow new typological and functional arrangements also
be developed over time in relation to the needs of users, extending the
life cycle of the building and reducing the environmental load effects
at the restoration.
The introduction of the concept of Rural-urban integration like urban
and agricultural areas, and provided to address effectively the
problems related to the closure of the ecological and climate change
cycles where the urban area can be designed as an ecosystem in which
regulate the consumption of resources and anthropogenic processes,
promoting proximity farming, renewable energy and short production
chains between producers and consumers.
Significant part of the research is ultimately the design experiments
intended as "pragmatic visionary" expressed with images that evoke
suggestions maneuvers where the coded language of architecture is
related to the context, generating new ways of thinking and structuring
the architectural form.
The publication was produced by the research unit of the University of
Brescia within the National Interest Research Project (PRIN) New design
practices for sustainable redevelopment of social housing complexes in
Italy coordinated by Marina Montuori.