- Visioning Scenarios for the ’Urban Eco-Region Project’    click here to open paper content285 kb
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This paper will elaborate scenarios to guide the strategic project of the “urban eco-region”. The scenarios prefigure a renewed “alliance between city and country” and a new “urbanness” for the inhabitants’ community.
Mariolina Besio

With visioning techniques and methods, scenarios have been
elaborated to guide a strategic project for new forms of living between
city and countryside which are becoming widespread in many Italian
and European regions. The new “urban phenomenon” extends the
city into space that was once the countryside, expanding into
territories of “urban regions” and “green tourism”. The rural
landscape does not change greatly, but behaviour and life-styles of
inhabitands do as they change from farmers to city dwellers. The
phenomenon is pervasive and magmatic and is spreading in a
capillary and spontaneous fashion, leading to not insignificant risks.
The individualisation push produces a lack of collective vision; it
shatters community ties and does not recognise environmental and
landscape values as public goods.
The scenarios propose a vision of the strategic project of “urban
eco-region” which refers to eco-system and evolutionary paradigms
and uses image techniques and elaboration. The project involves a
renewed “alliance between city and country” and the assertion of new
types of “urbanness” that weave community relations between
inhabitants. In fact, the visions proposed by the scenarios supply the
structure of reference to integrate settlement projects with those for
safeguarding the environment and landscape conservation. These,
moreover, guide a process in which new inhabitants have the
opportunity to directly participate in projects that affect their lives and
to be consciously responsible for their quality.
The “urban eco-region” scenarios have been produced in the context
of research of national interest, financed by the Italian Ministry of
University and Research; they were experimented in case-studies of
rural spaces surrounding Genoa and La Spezia and those with a
high tourism disposition in the Cinque Terre, on the central and
eastern Ligurian coast.
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