Garzilli, Francesca (2021) Unfolding The Peri-Urban Landscape Design. Towards the definition of a Peri-Urban Lexicon for Catalytic Scenarios. [Tesi di dottorato]

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Item Type: Tesi di dottorato
Lingua: English
Title: Unfolding The Peri-Urban Landscape Design. Towards the definition of a Peri-Urban Lexicon for Catalytic Scenarios
Date: 2021
Number of Pages: 236
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Architettura
Dottorato: Architettura
Ciclo di dottorato: 33
Coordinatore del Corso di dottorato:
Russo, MichelangeloUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2021
Number of Pages: 236
Uncontrolled Keywords: periurbano; paesaggio; ecologia; urbanistica; ecologia urbana
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/15 - Architettura del paesaggio
Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/21 - Urbanistica
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2021 09:14
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2023 10:21


This thesis presents research regarding the peri-urban territory and what it could become. The peri-urban appears as an uncertain spatial condition, linked to the phenomena of urban sprawl and the consequent loss of local ecological and cultural identity. There is no single definition of what constitutes the peri-urban; it is something of an enigma in urban design history and theory. Moreover, although etymologically linked to a condition of subordination to a single center (peri = around, urbs = city), the contemporary urban model is complicated by polycentricity and the growth of cities into megaregions. The peri-urban of the Neapolitan post-metropolis in Italy is used as fieldwork location in the thesis. Over the years, the process of peri-urbanization in the inner Neapolitan areas, mostly illegal, has profoundly changed the character of the territory. It has shifted from a predominantly agricultural and wooded landscape to one which is inconsistent, fragmented, and lacking in legible spatial and ecological qualities. The thesis, in line with the UN sustainable development goals and recent European research, considers the hybrid, disordered, fragmented character of the peri-urban and the coexistence of ecological, urban, social, and economic factors as an opportunity to rethink this space as a reconfiguration of environmental systems. Starting from an interpretation of the peri-urban as an active palimpsest, in continuous transformation, the research aims to provide a way of reading the peri-urban and unlocking its design potential. The study shows that a transdisciplinary approach, which finds synthesis in the landscape, can provide the basis for understanding the peri-urban and define design scenarios tailored to specific territorial features. The narrative takes place through a mixed-method, in which images, in support of the theory, play an essential role in the epiphanic process. From this study, it emerges that, once the characteristics of the territory and its potential are understood, it is necessary to begin from acupunctural interventions. These can act as catalysts to reveal the most suitable spatiality for the specific territory, starting a creative process of a peri-urban design. The European research project REPAiR has been an opportunity to test this process and to imagine the activation of catalytic processes of landscape reconfiguration within a specific peri-urban sample in Naples. From this experiment, the thesis lays the foundation for creating a specific lexicon and handbook of key elements and design techniques that relate specifically to the peri-urban. As a synthesis of what emerged from this thesis, the lexicon does not pretend to be exhaustive. Still, it provides a basis for future research that could be useful to researchers and designers and represent an innovation in the current research on peri-urban.


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