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Regenerate Urban Leftovers

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In the contemporary city, there are countless public and private spaces that are in a temporal and functional “limbo”, often facing an uncertain future; many current examples, however, show how these “silent” products can be reintegrated into the social fabric, investing relatively low resources and triggering virtuous processes to enhance the territory with a view to economic sustainability, functional reversibility and cultural identity. Indeed, their metaphysical nature is well suited to make way to new design “writings”. These “leftovers” of the architectural heritage turned into cultural and creative hubs, often incubators of new production models, are also opportunities to experiment with new widespread refunctionalisation processes that, from the interiors, prove to be also capable of upgrading the city’s public spaces. These actions have encouraged integrated public-private partnerships, often leveraging art and culture to activate the local spontaneous resources and, on longer horizons, to change the urban image (and imaginary).


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Di Prete, B. (2021). Regenerate Urban Leftovers. In: Crespi, L. (eds) Design of the Unfinished. The Urban Book Series. Springer, Cham.

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