Reading and the designing the urban organism of San Vito Romano

Virginia Cosenza (
Architettura e Progetto, "Sapienza" Universitą di Roma
January, 2014


To work in a consolidate urban identity, we have to do several considerations and studies about the design strategies and the architectural behavior's. Great importance, to tackling these goals, is the identity of the place and of the built heritage, then a careful historical, territorial and urban analysis are the bases for a proper reading and the design of the area. The qualities of the places of an urban area and the spatial organization of phenomena are important for quality of life, environmental well-being and economic vitality. We have to focus on the strategies to understand the territory and the urban as a complex mix of nodes and networks, places and flows, in which multiple relations, activities and values co-exist, interact, combine. Human activities and territorial changes are the necessary information to understand the actual aspect of the urban area, seen as an organic whole of primary elements. We can reach this knowledge by applying a logical analysis on the shape of the ancient town and on the paths generating it. It is possible to have an urban vocabulary of paths, edges, nodes, districts, and landmarks which has persisted in use in mapping for planning and design. It is a pattern made understandable. Analyzing the character of the small town, using an appropriate instrument of knowledge, we found a logical and organic evolution of its growth phases. Similarly, we can apply the same instrument of knowledge in a smaller project scale. Proceeding on a logical and justified approach, not anachronistic, but only properly studied, can start the project of the architectural organism, in relation with the place in which is going to be.

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