The aim is to convert urban areas left empty from building or of low quality, increasing the value of the sites in order to build family environments where citizens can express their traditions. The idea is to create collective spaces through eco-sustainable interventions, giving rise to shared gardens, urban gardens, plant walls, and artistic installations. First project realized: The Heart of Eboli.
The historic center of Eboli lives in a residential recovery phase but still exhibits the wounds of the bombings of 1943, the earthquake of 1980 and the empirics of the 1990s redevelopment. With RADICITY a cluster of seven co-ordinated, at the same time diversified, redevelopment interventions has been realized in seven degraded areas in the Medieval Old Town.
Because of the limited space, the need to respect the places and the difficulty in the participation, these are actions that are singularly limited, but which in the whole are a sensitive transformation and start an action of participation in the furniture that is progressively perceived as the an instrument to increase the value of building assets.
The RADICITY tool triggered a logic of participation and sharing but involved a number of subjects including the owners of surrounding buildings, professionals, nurseries, local tour operators and administration, which have invested their own resources for the implementation of the interventions.
The semantics, the morphology and the syntax of the seven interventions are obviously different, but the common key is coherence with the southern habitat, the climate and the built. The limited and widespread dimensions of Radicity are particularly suitable to the scale of historic centers where spaces require respect for measure and balance, creating small common spaces to share for socializing or enhancing seemingly negative or insignificant morphological elements, working on participation.
The impact on microclimate, perception and image is immediate, and the result is that the memory of rubble, barbacans, and the scars of reconstruction is immediately placed in the background.
The tool chosen by Radicity for The heart of Eboli is the competition: after a selection for curriculum, national and international landscape designers are asked to produce urban redevelopment projects about the areas assigned to them; they are then invited to work in synergy with local local nursery in a three-day event and when they finish their work, they will be judged by a jury of experts. The entire process becomes possible only with the collaboration of municipal administrations, citizens and associations of the territory, that is, with the “involvement of inhabitants and public and private stakeholders concerned” in those that are regenerative processes, which will not be the purpose, but the mean to reach the goal.
Radicity wants to sow seeds in Italy by investigating the resilience of a place, engaging virtuous processes involving urban communities, stimulating them to embark on a journey of awareness and sense of responsibility towards the places we live.