An urban regeneration and action research project on Bovisa and Dergano neighborhoods in Milan (Italy) by Architecture Sans Frontières (ASF – Italy).
In the recent decades, the physical configuration of Bovisa-Dergano district has deeply changed. Industrial relocation and the subsequent closure and demolition of many factories have left large empty spaces, along with small vacant and unused plots, closed or fenced off, which spread pervasively throughout the neighbourhood. These places express a lot of potential for local inhabitants and users: places of possible meeting between the differences, spaces lying in wait.
ASF-Italia began working in Bovisa-Dergano in 2011, when the association launched a series of activities in order to identify and bring together the “resources” (in terms of social and spatial capital, historic memory and knowledge, social activism, etc…) already existing on the territory and to make the local associations work together in the neighbourhood, on the basis of common projects and objectives.
The project included a Cycle of International Seminars “Backyards. Vacant spaces and emerging communities” held at Politecnico di Milano and Stecca 2.0 Cultural Centre, Milan (Italy) and curated by ASF Italy with Antonio Longo, Lina Scavuzzo, Cristiana Mattioli, Alice Buoli and Alberto Graglia.
01. Definitions, projects and policies – http://tinyurl.com/o7kls9h
02. Rural scapes and “wild” scapes – http://tinyurl.com/qb2hykh
03. Collective mapping – http://tinyurl.com/o7kls9h
Project Team: Lina Scavuzzo, Alberto Graglia, Cristiana Mattioli, Alice Buoli and Elisabetta Fusarpoli.
Funded by ASF Italia and Politecnico di Milano.