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Abandoned urban areas

In recent times the concept of a city is changing to acquire the value of a system of services linked by a network of infrastructures, not a simple settlement system, but an organized system of functions where the relationships between people, information and things become a priority. The housing decentralization and the deindustrialization have often caused an archipelago of empty urban abandoned spaces that, although belonging to the city, are no longer part of it, deprived of any form of use, are waiting for a reassignment of a role. For these areas it is indispensable to identify new potentials and modes of intervention that trigger a regeneration process and which can play a crucial role in a process that allows to pass from the marginal area to infrastructure of the system of relations between the city and neighboring urbanization, hinge of a new identity of the city.

Keywords: Abandoned urban areas, Decentralization, Deindustrialization


Abandoned urban areas, origins and new guidelines for their rigeneration

Antonio Passaro

Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Napoli Federico II



Our cities have often born as centers of commerce or trade nodes and have assumed their specific identities and skills in relation to the territory they administer or serve, becoming a place equipped with services through which they focus or condense trade opportunities of goods and information.Thus, the concept of a city transcends both the vision of a built-up and circumscribed space, as well as of an unlimited space to acquire the value of a system of services linked by a network of infrastructures that allow it to operate. Hence, not a physical entity or a simple settlement system, but, above all, an organized system of functions, within which the relationships between people, information and things become a priority. In pre-industrial times, urban systems have grown along the arteries that penetrate the territory, with a road layout arranged according to the natural morphology of the place. The inhabited centers, however, retained their size in terms of exchanges and shifts. Industrialization, resulting in massive urban turmoil, resulted in settlements in the cities around which production poles had developed. In the advanced stage of industrialization, the construction of urban means of transport has allowed indefinite growth of the cities that invaded the territory as a metastasis, creating the phenomenon of the suburb of the settlement system which, still today, is damaged in terms of invisibility, loss of identity and marginalization of residents.

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