Futur-e at Italian engineering’s “Making”

Published on Monday, 17 October 2016

The thermal plants’ redevelopment project launched by Enel at the exhibition-conference on Italian engineering excellences.
“Italian engineering, excellence for the country” was the title of di MakING, the event promoted by the National Council of Engineers (CNI) that April 28 to 30 gathered in Rome the best in Italy’s engineering industry. A wide and varied programme consisting of round tables, interviews and an exhibition designed to illustrate some of the best Italian engineering expressions in terms of creativity, technical ability and vision and to present innovative projects such as Futur-e.

The National Council of Engineers (CNI) gathered at MakING experiences and representatives of the major national players in this sector, which have made Italian engineering particularly requested and appreciated abroad, along with smaller or emerging designs that have shown a capacity for innovation and specialisation capable of pushing the evolution of Italy’s broad engineering heritage in an original, modern and competitive way.

The cycle of debates included in the programme take a picture of the current state of this industry and looks towards the future, pointing to the major areas in which Italian engineering can play a leading role reviving the country. MakING identified three areas:

• Great works and changes
Civil engineering and complex works

• Challenges: environment, energy, safety
Engineering for conservation and environmental protection, energy studies, various forms of risk  v prevention
• Avant-garde and innovation
Research and technological development in various fields of engineering, in particular aerospace, biomedical issues, new materials

The Futur-e project and the experience enacted by Enel to find a new destination for using the 23 sites hosting thermal power plants was at the centre of the debate on April 28 regarding "Great works and changes".

The open and continuous dialogue with governments, businesses and communities in the different geographical areas where the sites are located is the key element of Futur-e which proposes a new development shared and transparent model to open up a new chapter in the decades-long history of industrial sites no longer suited to the country’ energy-related and economic scenario.

Futur-e has the ambition and goal of turning needs into opportunitiesand to write a new page in the history of each  area and the country as a whole. In fact, the project launched by Enel proposes a new redevelopment model of industrial sites with benefits for the territory that hosts them.
Futur-e involves - with common purposes - universities, businesses, governments and civil society to identify together the new use of sites and infrastructure.

Examples of this already ongoing mode of open and transparent collaboration come from Alessandria in Piedmont, where Futur-e has achieved an international competition of ideas to identify innovative projects to redevelop Enel’s plant, Rossano in Calabria, where a public purchase and redevelopment for the site in the province of Cosenza is ongoing, or Pietrafitta in Umbria, where a laboratory of ideas for local businesses, public administrations and local associations was set up.

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