ReCYCLE Italy _ Genoa Cluster
In Februrary 2012 the Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Architettura della Scuola Politecnica, Università degli Studi di Genova has been funded from the Italian Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) for taking part into a national priority research project (PRIN 2011), with the title "RE-CYCLE Italy: new life cycle for architectures, infrastructures and landscape".
Genoa's research group (scientific responsibility: Prof. Arch. Mosè Ricci) involved the Institut für Entwerfen und Städtebau of LUH (coordinator: Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Univ. Jörg Schröder) for developing a common scientific methodology on urban regeneration, land reclamation and recycling strategies with particular interest on urban drosscapes and previous industrial sites areas both in Genoa and Hanover.
The focus area analyzed in Hannover deals with the Continental AG area, a former industrial site of 23 hectares used for rubber production, in the Limmer neighbourhood, to the north-west of the city. The site has a very special location in relation to the water system, as it is placed at the crossing point where the Ihme channel starts (4 km linear distance to Hannover's central station). Today it will become one of the new City development areas, as it was already planned since 2000. The demolition of the Continental buildings started in 2002 and in 2003 the City promoted a competition, won in 2003 by BKSP office for architecture.
At the moment the development project has stopped, as there are problems connected to the pollution of the soil. That's why the future actions on this site will mainly concern the transformation of the land composition with new landfills. At a urban scale the site has a strong potential, due to its strategic position with regard to the water system. It could also become a flagship project whose aim is to propose a new strategy for re-activating derelict sites across Hannover urban system.
For these multiple reasons, Continental AG area has been chosen as a case study to test the recycling strategy on a specific context. The methodology will be a design project, based on three different steps: the analyses of the context, the planning of a transformation process, the construction of a future vision for this development area. The main idea of this design procedure is to foreshadow the Continental's possible future as a new urban hotspot, eventually by testing different scenarios to verify various operative actions. Its main target is to extract from this process a series of tactics that, from the peculiarity of this area, identify concepts and processes that may be exported to other contexts.