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Territories in crisis. Mid-term report

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The mid-term report of the research “Territories in Crisis” will be presented on June 5th at the Politecnico di Torino in the presence of a delegation of the Compagnia di San Paolo (Promotor of the Project) and of the Prof. Enrico Macii (Research and Internationalization Deputy Rector).

 

The report is available at the following link:

 

 

 

 

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The new spatial order of collective housing

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Throughout the Twentieth Century, the European social housing complexes have built much of the city’s expansion. They have been the armor and the infrastructure of the suburban city. Nowadays, in many places of Europe, inhabitants are experimenting solutions aimed to radically change the way in which the city is built. Variety and excitement are such that the concept of cohousing, as matrix of many of the experiences, can’t cover the whole range of the community-oriented and self-managed variations. These are the two poles that mark the spread of the new collective housing: on the one hand its shared living, on the other its shared management. The following text tries to highlight some of the features of the new spatial order of collective housing, retracing some of the case studies that have been investigated in this blog. The new collective housing sets a new spatial order within the city. It is disseminated and apparently “spontaneous”, as it was the one celebrated by Colin Ward in the Seventies.

The two maps (above) compare the public housing complexes in Milan (Francesco Infussi, eds, Dal recinto al territorio. Milano, esplorazioni nella città pubblica, Bruno Mondadori, 2011) with the new forms of collective housing in Geneva (https://territoridellacondivisione.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/shared-housing-in-geneva/).

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Badlands Colonizing Processes: B5, the Netherlands

This thesis explores the Brabant, a region deeply marked by the presence of water and industry. Here, there are five towns that, for historical, cultural and functional reasons, are closely interrelated: Tilburg, Helmond, s-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, and Breda. The aim of this thesis is to study some of the ways of shared living that have been colonizing many areas of this region (episodes seizing dismissed area or, just the opposite, well fitted in urban contexts). In all these situations we can find new and different ways of “vivre ensemble” as a phenomenon that has ancient roots in Northern Europe, above all in the Netherlands.

Alessandra Conticini (Tesi di Laurea Magistrale in Architettura, Politecnico di Torino, A.A. 2011-2012. Relatore: Angelo Sampieri, Cristina Bianchetti, Laura Cantarella)

 

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B5. Tilburg/Puishaven

Il binomio acqua-industria, peculiare, seppur non esclusivo dei territori olandesi, a Puishaven trova conferma lungo un’ex propaggine produttiva dell’Hoevense Kanaaldijkeche che dal centro cittadino si protrae verso l’esterno della città attraverso insediamenti dalle geometrie rigorose e dai materiali duri. Qui è chiaro l’intento della pubblica amministazione di spingere progressivamente verso l’esterno le attività produttive, demolendo o riconvertendo gli edifici industriali più vicini al ring.

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B5. Breda/Belcrum

In The Netherlands, as in other parts of the world, the restructuring and delocalisation of significant parts of the production system has freed up large urban areas hitherto occupied by industry. The new zoning rules involves, on the one hand, the need for environmental remediation based on an engineering-style approach and, on the other, the radical rethinking of the kind of sociality provided by these new areas. To achieve these goals, the project has to express a new concept of urbanity in line with the demands of our contemporary lifestyle which, here as elsewhere, is characterised by temporary, stratified, institutionalised or informal practices which often converge towards a common horizon of sharing (of difficulties, advantages and interests).

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B5. ‘s-Hertogenbosch/Binnenhaven

A Binnehaven, un molo industriale ad ovest della città antica di ‘s-Hertogenbosch, le poche forme di condivisione presenti ruotano attorno all’associazione Watersport Vereniging Neptunus. Fondata nel 1934, dal 2001 l’associazione ha stabilito la propria sede sulla Jack Beton, una houseboat ormeggiata in inverno a Binnenhaven ed in estate a Kroonward, più lontano dalla città, in un ambiente dai caratteri naturalistici di grande qualità. L’associazione promuove la vita all’aria aperta, l’uso dell’acqua per gli spostamenti, e si offre agli appassionati di vela come punto di riferimento per riparazioni e consigli sulla navigazione.

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B5. Eindhoven/Willemsvaart Kanaal

Tijng Yeung, 37 anni, nata a Rotterdam da genitori cinesi, un passato da squatter, è stata negli anni novanta tra gli occupanti della storica Sigarenfabrieken di Eindhoven. “Eravamo organizzatissimi: c’erano turni per pulire, turni per cucinare, ci aiutavamo per tutto, chi aveva un lavoro pagava la spesa a chi era senza soldi, e chi non era dei nostri era comunque accolto, poteva avere un pasto caldo o un letto. Nel nome dell’anarchia, del veganesimo e dell’antifascismo, ci sentivamo una cosa sola”. Della Sigarenfabrieken resta oggi uno scheletro addossato al Zuid-Willemsvaart Kanaal. Una copertura accartocciata, qualche muro diroccato e solai senza connessioni verticali. Poco distante, la  Linnennfabrieken, una cortina muraria che cinge un luogo storico del movimento punk della città: l’Effenaar. “Là ci andavamo quando ci sgomberavano e quando dovevamo organizzare qualcosa di grosso, qualche incontro con gruppi di altre città”. Read more

B5. Helmond/Willemsvaart Kanaal

Walking along the central part of Willemsvaart Kanaal, Helmond’s industrial past can be read through the renovation projects which replaced the old textile industry buildings with shops and restaurants for the nearby city center. This renovation arrested at South, near the Vlisco complex (which is also abandoned but dimensionally unmanageable) and at North, on the border with the countryside and the sprawl urbanization. Over time, different practices colonized the to sides.

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