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Rurality, Landscape and Urban borders

Antonella Bruzzese, Annarita Lapenna (edited by)

Bruzzese A., Lapenna A. (edited by, 2017)
LINKING TERRITORIES. Rurality, Landscape and Urban borders,
Planum Publisher, Roma-Milano | ISBN 9788899237103

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Rural areas close to the urban fabric no longer serve their adjacent towns as they once did when the link between town and the surrounding countryside was fully intertwined and they were economically interdependent and, in a sense, symbiotic.
For decades, the relation between the production of food and energy and their consumption at the base of the economy has completely changed, alongside the balance between landscape and built environment. Many contemporary projects are still the result of a traditional application of the principles of division and segmentation of the inhabited area, although a change in this attitude is in progress in many elds of our increasingly interconnected daily life. We need to imagine new connections and links: temporal-space links, territorial and economic links. Temporal-space links are concerned with the creation of new links between urban and rural milieus as a means to regenerate places in space and time, as effective sustainable urban projects do, whenever they are able to tackle critical situations and to reimagine territories to create new value. Furthermore, urban agriculture must be a way to rethink and recycle the potentials of urban transformation.

The city of Milan and the areas between the compact city and the surrounding countryside, in particular in the western part of its territory (stretching from the Expò area to the Parco Agricolo Sud Milano, passing through several parks like Parco di Trenno and Parco delle Cave), is an interesting case study to look at when investigating the relationship between the urban and the rural.

This book collects the outcomes of the workshop 'Linking territories. Rurality, landscape and urban borders' conjointly organised by the PhD course in Urban Planning, Design and Policy (UPDP) at the Politecnico di Milano and the Post-Master "Architecture des Milieux" at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture de Paris. The workshop has had a double aim; to widen the view of the relationship between urban and rural areas by involving different groups of research and practice, and to define experimental proposals able to imagine new spaces for the co-habitation of urban and rural ways of life, in the end redefining the concept of rurality and its relation with the urban condition.
 Carried out from May until September 2015, the workshop focused on the western part of the city of Milan. Three areas in particular have been explored: Muggiano, Boscoincittà / Parco delle Cave / Parco di Trenno and Piazza d'Armi / Parco Parri / Calchi Taeggi.


• Introduction | About Linking Territories
Antonella Bruzzese and Annarita Lapenna

Between city and countryside: the needs for new projects and different ways of seeing

• Nurturing an alternative paradigm to regenerate residential areas
Chris Younès 
• Urban and rural are not symmetrical categories. The challenges of the hybridization processes
Paola Pucci
• Building agriurban commons
Pierre Donadieu
• Preparing alterRural imaginaries. Beyond urban density and growth economy
Peter Versteegh 

Working on the western region of Milan
• Current projects for the rural system in the Milanese territory: the Territorial Development Framework Agreement "Milan Rural Metropolis"
Marco Prusicki
• Linking territories: learning and experimenting open forms of urban design
Antonio Longo
• Boscoincittà: nature, agriculture, spaces of freedom. Dialogue with Silvio Anderloni about the construction of a peri-urban park
Giulia Fini

• Three photo itineraries
Adamo Maio

The workshop's outputs and three reflections about the topics
• The Workshop's Outputs 1 | The case for new rural centralities in agricultural enclaves: three scenarios for Muggiano
Jean-Baptiste Geissler, Priscillia Jorge, Luca Minola, Mohamed Saidi, Luca Tricarico, Giovanni Vecchio
• Linking "visible and invisible" metabolisms as a powerful metaphor and tool to design rur-urban systems
Gianni Scudo
• The Workshop's Outputs 2 | Exploring the potential of leftover spaces in the western region of Milan
Xavier Djimassal, Zachary Jones, Maryam Karimi, Amina Koliai, Shuyi Xie
• The scales of urban agriculture
Didier Rebois
• The Workshop's Outputs 3 | Urban farming in leftovers spaces: landscape design proposal for via Calchi Taeggi and Piazza d'Armi
Arlinda Sheqiri, Silvia Lista, Carolina Zapata
• Reimagining periurban and marginal landscapes: a new role of agriculture in urban planning and design
Rositsa Ilieva 

The case of Montjean in Rungis, Paris
• The agroquarter of Montjean: building a de nitive edge on the agricultural frontier
Claire Schorter
• La Plaine de Montjean, Rungis, France: a green oasis to preserve from urbanization
Laurence Rosaz

A research by design workshop
• Design as a tool. Notes about "research by design" activities
Antonella Bruzzese
• The workshop: an apparatus for architecture des milieux
Annarita Lapenna

• Workshop Timeline
• Authors
• Credits and Acknowledgements


The book illustrates the results of the workshop entitled "Research by design Workshop_2015. Linking Territories. Rurality, landscape and urban borders. Strategies for the western region of Milan" (Milan and Paris, May-September 2015).

The workshop has been realised within the activities of the Doctoral course in Urban Planning, Design and Policy (UPDP) at the Politecnico di Milano (30° Cycle) and of the Postmaster Course "Architecture des Milieux" (ADM) at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture of Paris.

Workshop Coordinators: Antonella Bruzzese (DAStU, Politecnico di Milano) Annarita Lapenna (ADM, Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture de Paris).

Advisory Board: Paola Pucci (coordinator of UPDP PhD course, DAStU, Politecnico di Milano), Antonio Longo (DAStU, Politecnico di Milano), Chris Younès (head of the Postmaster Course Architecture des Milieux, Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture de Paris), Stephane Bonzani (Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture de Paris), Isabel Herault (Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture de Paris). Tutor: Giulia Fini (DAStU, Politecnico di Milano)

Participants: Jean-Baptiste Geissler, Priscillia Jorge, Luca Minola, Luca Tricarico, Giovanni Vecchio, Zachary Jones, Maryam Karimi, Amina Koliai, Shuyi Xie, Arlinda Sheqiri (PhD candidates in Urban Planning, Design and Policy, Politecnico di Milano); Silvia Lista, Carolina Zapata, Mohamed Saidi, Xavier Djimassal (Postmaster Students in Architecture des Milileux (ADM), Ecole Speciale d'Architecture de Paris).

The book has been edited by Antonella Bruzzese and Annarita Lapenna, who wish to thank all the authors of the texts and all the colleagues who have given precious contributions to the workshop's activities. In particular: Antonio Longo for the long lasting and enriching exchange about the workshop's themes; Claire Schorter and Laurence Rosaz (Rungis), Luisa Toeschi and Silvio Anderloni (BoscoinCittà) for the organisation of the site visits and their witnesses; Angela Colucci and Corinna Morandi (Politecnico di Milano), Rositza Ilieva (Parsons School of Design of The New School), Niccolò Reverdini (Cascina Forestina) and Carlo Masera (architect and landscape designer) for their interesting comments and reviews of the participant's proposals.

Cover photo and pictures at pages 54-93 © Adamo Maio
Graphic design and layout: Planum Publisher. 


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