Students' projects for Santa Barbara are exhibited

Published on Tuesday, 16 January 2018

“Proposte per la riconversione dell'area mineraria di Santa Barbara” (Proposals for the redevelopment of the Santa Barbara former mining area) is opening on January 16, at 5 pm at the Auditorium of the Mine Museum at Castelnuovo dei Sabbioni (Cavriglia, Arezzo). At its centre, the masterplan of “Santa Barbara Cycle Hub & Park, the project proposal” developed by the Research Group of the Milan Polytechnic and the University of Florence, in addition to the 12 proposals developed by a team of international students of architecture and urban planning, who have identified new strategies for the redevelopment of the former mining area. The students come from all over the world (Iran, Peru, China, Ecuador, India, Russia, Kossovo, Venezuela, Colombia, Ethiopia, Argentina, Turkey, Denmark, Poland and Italy).

The proposals were elaborated on the basis of the analysis of the area and the results of a workshop organised with the stakeholders on September 25, 2017 in Cavriglia, with about 70 attendants, including representatives of institutions, experts, entrepreneurs, local associations , privileged observatories of the territory and members of Enel's staff. During the workshop, three possible planning scenarios were studied for the development of the area: a cycle-tourism park, an agricultural and artistic park, a research center in the field of geotechnologies and geophysical and seismic studies.

The themes were examined in October during the Cavriglia Business Incubator, where the young people developed a preliminary project plan (masterplan). A leading thread: the search for a full balance between social, environmental and economic sustainability, paying particular attention to the issue of employment. The works were then elaborated during a semester of studies, in the courses of  “Planning in Historical Context Studio” of the Polytechnic of Milan (Prof. Alessandro Balducci and Chiara Geroldi) and in the course of “Urban and territorial policies” of the University of Studies of Florence (Prof. Camilla Perrone with the collaboration of Prof. Maddalena Rossi).
The scenarios were first dealt with separately, then they were later combined. Based on the process (analysis and listening to the territory, meetings with the institutions, results of the workshop with stakeholders), the space strategy called Santa Barbara Cycle Hub & Park” was developed by the Research Group of the Milan Polytechnic 'University of Florence.

“It is the first time that, as part of the Futur-E project, we are experimenting with developing scenarios preventively - explained Marco Fragale, head of the Enel Futur-E project - We decided to do this by first addressing public and private stakeholders transversally in the territory, then young people coming literally from all over the world who have made available not only their skills, but also their creativity and their experience as students placed in an international context”.

The exhibition will remain open until January 30, 2018 during the opening hours of the Mine Museum.

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