Project Description

The desire of the municipal administration to anticipate some choices of the Territorial Management Plan and immediately test its capacity for response to transformation stimuli took concrete shape in three Integrated Action Plans (PII) drawn up parallel to the Territorial Management Plan. Great importance attaches to the attempt to anticipate choices already present in an urban-planning scheme. The experiment made it possible to test the system of rules, regulations and design set up by the said scheme and ascertain the capacity both of the context to respond to the project and of the bodies involved to put it into effect. Finally, it also made it possible for the plan to monitor the effects of the projects and their implementation or otherwise so as to absorb any negative and maximize any positive aspect. The use of a master plan for the three projects also made it possible to anticipate the formal implementation of the projects. Precisely due to the essence of the master plan as an instrument capable of visualizing the transformations and morphological effects of the rules defined by the project itself, the three projects were designed on the basis of more general morphological, typological, infrastructural and urban-planning rules.

Engaging in dialogue with the needs expressed by the territory, they base their choices on the content of the Territorial Management Plan, which therefore includes the impact of the rules, regulations and precise urban-planning decisions (such as indices and construction volumes). In addition, the use of a master plan made it possible to present and build up consensus on a simulation whose construction was in turn made possible precisely by compliance with the precise rules and insertion into the general urban-planning context. The three master plans regarded the transformation of three different areas. The Borgonovo quarry, a wholly typical case of exploiting underground resources, is situated in the western sector of the municipality, close to industrial areas and the border with neighbouring municipalities but above all to the axis of the Comasina highway, handling a major flow of traffic and capable of attracting substantial commercial developments.

Core is an abandoned industrial district of great potential situated in the north on the town’s main road (Via Nazario Sauro) close to the north exit the Valassina provincial highway.Finally, the much smaller area of Via Montegrappa is embedded in a small-scalesettlement system generated in recent years by the urban sprawl of the eastern sector of the town, devoid of quality, publicstructures and green spaces. All three projects provided for large quantities of works, spaces and public structures, and each focused on a specific theme. The project for the Borgonovo quarry addressed the new industrial system envisaged with a substantial cycle lane and a less rigid relationship with the Comasina highway.

The project for Core took full advantage of its position, concentrating the volume of construction in a tall building and a commercial complex so as to leave space for the major infrastructural work required to restructure the connection with the Valassina highway. The project for Montegrappa necessarily envisaged ordinary architecture, albeit of good quality, in order to give new meaning to its position in the ordinary residential fabric of the town’s eastern sector. The Territorial Management Plan approved the projects’ provisions and incorporated them in its own planning, taking advantage of the experimentation made possible by the rules in order to structure the system for the management and implementation of other similar projects, which together defines the areas of greatest transformation and redevelopment of the territory.

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