Supplement of URBANISTICA 153
edited by Valentina Cosmi
The winning projects are evidence of the direction in which it moves Italian planning. Almost everyone, in fact, bee concerned with the emerging issues of urban regeneration, such as the reuse of industrial areas, rail and port abandoned, intervention on public spaces of historic cities, the new policies of social inclusion.
The Italian planning is becoming less engaged with plans to control the expansion or large transformation projects of the city.The long economic and finantial crisis forced it to be more selective and to make it compatible with a strategic vision that includes multiple interventions feasible, even at a smaller scale. This involves a radical change of approach for the general planning, and for the operational urban planning. The general planning should increasingly assume the shape of the structural strategic plans, which do not accord development rights, exceeding the insufficient and ambiguous models produced by regional laws too influenced by the tradition of the Italian PRG, that bee concerned with the metropolitan size of the contemporary city, selecting interventions of urban regeneration more mature, feasible and shared. The operational urban planning will develop projects for selected interventions, also dealing with the finding of the necessary resources, normally sought in public-private partnerships, mainly because of the deepening crisis.