The aim of this paper it to demonstrate that the interventions of “ephemeral designing” - seen in the key of potential activators of shared forms of bottom-up urban regeneration - may be also read as sequence of pop-up actions (flames); but capable in conferring to the marginal urban spaces - even if temporarily - a “meta-real” shape of the desirable effects of that urban transformation they would to reach in a real implementation. By establishing, thereby, with both the city's communities and places, a true moment of local awareness and animation, fleeting but realistic, that can trigger interest and re-generate the sleeping collective activism, even before to regenerate the physical components. It might be merely a “virtual implementation” but, in our perspective, able to aspire in activating of a virtuous process of re-appropriation of spaces and a restatement of the missing or potential neighbourhood’s functions. The economic downturn, which is deeply affecting the most of cities around the world, is also affecting on the ongoing processes of both urban transformation and regeneration. In the light of many recent experiences, it is clear today that traditional mega-scale approach to urban design, characterized by the great works, long lead times and - often - too-high costs; it is under question itself and it seems itself fallen into crisis. Urban regeneration is an urban emergency, in its whole sense, but it requires more measured, quickly, widespread, systemic and less expensive interventions. That is why any opportunity to “think differently” may provide insights and alternative chances for the enhancement of marginal both urban areas and communities, by representing competitive, creative and innovative approach to the whole field of the urban designing. Mainly focusing it onto those fragile and marginal urban spaces and giving them the occasion for new experimentations in the urban and landscape design lead by social innovation needs. In this track, the SpaRe.Life (Spaces for the Real Life) International Work-School onto “Upper Enna” (held as winter school on February 2016 in Enna) has started from a general conceptual visions for the edges of the upper city, to explore and to act “new ways” through a number of experimental and creative ideas as systemic punctual applications. A systemic vision of the unique project aimed in ensuring the participative enhancement, the full accessibility, the free fruition and the enjoyment of that strip of connection between the historic urban fabric, stretched along the edge of the upper city and the – so called - “Park of the Slopes”; a green belt that surrounds and defines city’s board within the rural landscape. The results achieved from the final real outputs of the School have acted as example to several subsequent experiences, carried up freely and autonomously, from a large part of the local civil society, during these last three/four years. By acting together, the local administration, the formal associations and the informal groups have carried out some inspired projects aimed to gain that craved re-appropriation of urban spaces and of urban life. By reflecting on the urban regeneration of the physical fabrics, the social tissue and the common values of the city, through the example introduced and leaded by those experiments (SpaRe.Life) based on current theories and practices of tactical urbanism for an ephemeral designing.

Trapani Ferdinando , Naselli Fabio (2020). “Ephemeral” regeneration for the marginal urban spaces/places in Enna. PLANUM, 1.2(W1.2), 250-258.

“Ephemeral” regeneration for the marginal urban spaces/places in Enna

Trapani Ferdinando
;
Naselli Fabio
2020-01-01

Abstract

The aim of this paper it to demonstrate that the interventions of “ephemeral designing” - seen in the key of potential activators of shared forms of bottom-up urban regeneration - may be also read as sequence of pop-up actions (flames); but capable in conferring to the marginal urban spaces - even if temporarily - a “meta-real” shape of the desirable effects of that urban transformation they would to reach in a real implementation. By establishing, thereby, with both the city's communities and places, a true moment of local awareness and animation, fleeting but realistic, that can trigger interest and re-generate the sleeping collective activism, even before to regenerate the physical components. It might be merely a “virtual implementation” but, in our perspective, able to aspire in activating of a virtuous process of re-appropriation of spaces and a restatement of the missing or potential neighbourhood’s functions. The economic downturn, which is deeply affecting the most of cities around the world, is also affecting on the ongoing processes of both urban transformation and regeneration. In the light of many recent experiences, it is clear today that traditional mega-scale approach to urban design, characterized by the great works, long lead times and - often - too-high costs; it is under question itself and it seems itself fallen into crisis. Urban regeneration is an urban emergency, in its whole sense, but it requires more measured, quickly, widespread, systemic and less expensive interventions. That is why any opportunity to “think differently” may provide insights and alternative chances for the enhancement of marginal both urban areas and communities, by representing competitive, creative and innovative approach to the whole field of the urban designing. Mainly focusing it onto those fragile and marginal urban spaces and giving them the occasion for new experimentations in the urban and landscape design lead by social innovation needs. In this track, the SpaRe.Life (Spaces for the Real Life) International Work-School onto “Upper Enna” (held as winter school on February 2016 in Enna) has started from a general conceptual visions for the edges of the upper city, to explore and to act “new ways” through a number of experimental and creative ideas as systemic punctual applications. A systemic vision of the unique project aimed in ensuring the participative enhancement, the full accessibility, the free fruition and the enjoyment of that strip of connection between the historic urban fabric, stretched along the edge of the upper city and the – so called - “Park of the Slopes”; a green belt that surrounds and defines city’s board within the rural landscape. The results achieved from the final real outputs of the School have acted as example to several subsequent experiences, carried up freely and autonomously, from a large part of the local civil society, during these last three/four years. By acting together, the local administration, the formal associations and the informal groups have carried out some inspired projects aimed to gain that craved re-appropriation of urban spaces and of urban life. By reflecting on the urban regeneration of the physical fabrics, the social tissue and the common values of the city, through the example introduced and leaded by those experiments (SpaRe.Life) based on current theories and practices of tactical urbanism for an ephemeral designing.
Settore ICAR/21 - Urbanistica
XXII Conferenza Nazionale SIU. L'Urbanistica italiana di fronte all'Agenda 2030. Portare territori e comunità sulla strada della sostenibilità e della resilienza,
Matera-Bari
5-6-7 giugno 2019
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