Santa Barbara, the master plan is coming

Published on Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Students in the field to recover Enel’s former Santa Barbara mining area. An international team of 60 students, enrolled in the fourth and fifth year of the faculty of architecture and town planning at the Polytechnic of Milan and at the University of Florence, is ready to follow up on the results of the Cavriglia workshop on 25 September. The recovery plans considered by institutions, experts and local entrepreneurs will now be examined at the business incubator in the Tuscan town, where the preliminary master plans will be developed until 13 October.

The students will be working on three proposals, after having conducted on-site surveys and a visit to some strategic sites in the area: a bicycle touring park, which will also serve to experiment new forms of sustainable mobility; an agri-artistic park where wooded areas and crops alternate with creative areas; a research centre in the field of geo-technologies and geophysical and seismic studies to collaborate with the academic world and with the incubator in Cavriglia.

The former Santa Barbara mining area, unused since 1994 following the depletion of its brown coal basin, is among the conversion pathways to bring new life to the 23 Enel plants of the Futur-e project: launching sustainable and innovative projects at now decommissioned sites that still have the potential of being useful to the local community. While the Cavriglia plant has been adapted to work on a combined cycle in 2006, the municipal administration is now working closely with Enel to create new services in the surrounding former mining area covering 1600 hectares.

The results of the university teams will be presented on the last day of work, and will then be taken up and developed during the semester to be finally presented at a public exhibition organised in Cavriglia, in the month of December. Professors Alessandro Balducci and Chiara Garoldi, in collaboration with Andrea Castellani, Francesco Galli and Alexandra Mary Haddad, will put the three master plans at the centre of the course “Planning in Historical Context Studio,” at the School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan (Mantua campus). The same will be done by Professor Camilla Perrone, in collaboration with Maddalena Rossi and Flavia Giallorenzo, at the course “Urban and Territorial Policies,” at the School of Architecture of the University of Florence (Empoli campus).

From Tuscany to Lombardy, Enel is once again blazing the trails of innovation and sustainability thanks to Futur-e. 

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