Urban regeneration in Italy has started a few weeks ago and events have led to it without too much bureaucracy and in spite of the hypocrisy of our intentions.
An incredible start that gave everyone the opportunity to see how much we can affect the space around us. In a few weeks, with the limited human invasion due to the restrictions for Covid-19, nature took the initiative and began to regenerate human’s places.
The canals of Venice populated with fish and where you can see the seabed, the Tiber, the Po, the Arno and all the rivers that reflect colours disappeared long time ago, hares in the gardens of Milan, dolphins in the port of Cagliari, the show of Nature resumes living in our cities. I was very struck by the tone between the enthusiastic and the surprised friends of Milan who, even if forced to go home, go out to the balcony or terrace to “breathe clean air” as if to underline the change and above all the previous lack of it.
The Urban Regeneration which we often talk about in Italy and which always struggles to trigger because of the bureaucracy but also because of poverty of concepts, has now started spontaneously also as a consequence of a tragic and painful emergency.
This gives us the chance to review our concept of coexistence which we are all part of and which has rebelled forcefully shouting that this is the time to change, giving us once again, another opportunity that we should be sure not to waste.
The second phase of Urban Regeneration is up to us who will now look at our cities with new and loving eyes, who will not be numb from everyday life and addicted to ugliness, closed in a judgment planed by our commitments that do not make us look up and admire what Nature and Man are capable of creating.
This tragedy that has invested our time is giving us in exchange for the many sufferings the opportunity to be better, to act and decide differently in the idea that the good of others is also one’s own good.
Rethinking spaces and rethinking lifestyle is now up to us.
In doing this the Architect has the duty to get out of the speculative cage that has been built around him/her, returning to pursue higher concepts and morality.
Sociability, sustainable solutions, adequate spaces must no longer be design options, but starting points for obtaining a quality principle that must be rediscovered.
As often happens, it will be enough to look back to recover the concepts of moral planning that have accompanied our society until the speculative era of the 60s/70s of the last century, from which the search to optimize revenues by reducing space has canceled the duty to provide livability to the domestic space, seen almost only as a place to sleep at the end of a day.
In these days we have all realized the need to have domestic spaces that are not just claustrophobic attempts to optimize them. It is also what should be done now, to optimize, but not in the economic and financial sense for the benefit of the builders, but try to improve the quality of the building.
The presence of habitable terraces and balconies, the presence of more bathrooms or the predisposition to technological solutions, such as the presence of a room more than the number of family members will be important factors of evaluation at the expense of small dimensions, low light, noise and obsolete plants.
This is only one of the evaluations, in this case, taken by “Il Sole24” which takes up a consideration of “Real Estate Scenarios” which by their nature translate everything into an economic evaluation, but which represents the growing awareness of the change. The architects will have to define the new design paradigms, basic elements to be carefully dosed to obtain as a result an Architecture that has at the center the relationship between man and the built and natural space.