Negli ultimi anni, in seguito all’emergere di un interesse sempre maggiore nei confronti delle città, quali nuclei privilegiati in cui operano i processi globali, è tornato alla ribalta il concetto di “bene comune urbano”, portando alla luce le dinamiche sociali, economiche, giuridiche e politiche che lo contraddistinguono.
For many cities, the transportation changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic bring both promise and concern from a sustainability standpoint.
When talking about ecological transition, we mean that the world we live in cannot be split into parts to be managed separately without having any environmental consequences. Energy, mobility, waste, logistic, industry, infrastructures (green, blue and grey), tourism, society, wild life, etc. are all parts of the same system and we do need a holistic approach to manage them together.
Strong shifts in socio-economic trends, increasingly harsh environmental phenomena, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are collectively challenging urban cities.
Post-industrialization and digitalization are global processes that are changing investments, infrastructure demands, and everyday behaviours in our cities.
Urban regeneration, by its very nature, affects relations between a territory, its urban structures, and its inhabitants.
Given that cities exhaust a substantial share of the world’s resources and correspondingly contribute to an equal amount of carbon emissions, urban regeneration will likely play a central role in the “ecological transition” process.
Awareness of — and concern for — the environment has grown enormously in the last twenty years, particularly over the past decade, impacting citizens, public services, operators, and investors.
The European Green Deal is the EU’s moonshot. Becoming climate neutral by 2050, transforming the economy, and leaving no one behind resets the priorities for the European project and refocuses our attention on Europe’s cities and urban areas.
On his first visit to France two months after becoming U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry met with President Emmanuel Macron and members of his government. After the Ministers of Finance and Foreign Affairs, Kerry met one-on-one with Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo at the Hôtel-de-Ville, outlining the key role cities and local governments play in the ecological transition.
Back at the beginning of 2020, worldwide public debate very much focused on the fight against climate change. Some countries as well as the European Union (through its so-called “Green Deal”), ranked the ecological transition as the first goal in their political agendas. On the contrary, there were also leaders who strongly opposed any green policy and denied the risks and threats caused by climate change, including the United States and Brazil.
Climate change is arguably the greatest challenge of our times, with COVID-19 further highlighting the need for a sustainable future. Despite the pandemic, urbanization is not slowing globally. Covering just 3% of the Earth’s surface, metropolitan systems are currently home to 55% of human beings and are expected to increase dramatically over the next 20 years. Cities are also responsible for about 60% of greenhouse gas emissions and 70% of solid waste, while absorbing around 70% of global energy.
Il concetto di rigenerazione urbana comprende numerosi aspetti: economici, amministrativi, edilizi, sociali, ambientali e culturali, e il coinvolgimento di un numero di soggetti altrettanto consistente. Alla base di esso si pone senza dubbio, la necessità di migliorare e valorizzare quartieri o parti di città attraverso la riqualificazione energetica, statica e anti-sismica degli edifici che, al contempo, devono risultare compatibili con i veloci cambiamenti ambientali.
The crisis generated by the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the immediate future represents a social and economic disaster of global reach. Combining it with the precarious circumstances which affect Italy makes it extremely difficult but truly significant to consider this drama an enormous opportunity for rethinking the cities and the entire urban-territorial system of the country.
The most recent European policies promoted by the current Commission, and the opportunities arising from the availability of the Next Generation EU recovery instrument of €750 billion, have put the topic of urban renewal back in the spotlight of continental and national debates. This isn’t surprising at this point in time because since the end of the XIX century urban renewal practices have been master tools on which to boost the economic performance and social sustainability of a community by enhancing the urban fabric and buildings