Former Pontieri workshop a place for the new social deal for the city: increase the urban population of the centre; building a reference model in the field of urban planning approach; reuse the area to increase sport, cultural, educational facilities in a sustainable city strictly connected to the river Po.
The city challenges / On a territorial level, the main challenge for Piacenza is to bring back people to the city, opposing to the current Italian trend that see a shift of the population from the urban areas to the countryside. In order to contrast such trend, the city must provide services and attractiveness, becoming a city of culture and Education, where youth and young families can live with benefits in comparison to the countryside.
At local level, the challenge is to bring back people in the historical city centre and therefore not only generically to the city. Moreover, in this case the re-population of the city centre is not meant only in terms of residents in the city, but it is referred to all the population of the Province of Piacenza, as well as to tourists, that might come to the city centre thanks to shops, events, museums, services and sport.
The aim is to allow people to live the old town as a natural shopping mall, as a place to enjoy the beauties (numerous palaces and churches), and a welcoming place for tourists. At social level, the main challenge is to increase the inhabitants and in particular to decrease the average age of the citizens, contrasting the ageing of the resident population. While on a district level, the challenge is to provide the necessary services and infrastructures to schools that are settled in the city centre, near the military area.
Moreover, another challenge for Piacenza revolve around the reorganization of mobility: it is very important to move the bundle of tracks from the passenger railway station to the logistic park, allowing a renewing of the areas close the river. Also, the river is undoubtedly a big challenge for the city, while it has been often ignored or used as a barrier and border.
From the challenges to the re-use / The several challenges of the city of Piacenza at territorial, social and mobility levels have been faced through the Municipal Structural Plan (PSC), adopted in April 2014. The PSC represents the main instrument to guide the regeneration of obsolete areas of the city and the re-use of the military assets as optimal solutions to the city challenges. In particular, the attention has been focused on the Pontieri area because of the physical elements and the strategic urban position in the city:
- it’s closed to the city centre, the historical city walls and the river Po;
- it’s opposite to some of the most important and historical secondary schools of Piacenza.
The reuse of this former military area will help to achieve the city strategic objectives, touching on three fundamental pillars:
- Increase the urban population making the urban area more attractive and sustainable
- Building a reference model in the field of urban planning with a participatory approach that promotes the social cohesion
- Reuse the Pontieri area to increase sport, cultural, educational facilities in a sustainable city strictly connected to the river Po
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