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This project is a holistic strategy that aims at the development of common values, the “commons” that focus on the promotion of equality among the people of San Ferdinando. The masterplan becomes a guideline through which the needs of the residents can be analyzed and isolated, to offer new opportunities to those who want to participate in the life of this small town. Precisely the resources are at the center of the “commons” that we can trace back to four fundamental values: the right to housing, to a fair job, to education and self-care, to devise an architectural vision that revolves around the sharing of resources and spaces as a common good within the vernacular urban form of the small town of San Ferdinando. We therefore intend to devise an architecture capable of meeting the needs of these different resources beyond the framework of production and consumption shared physically, but above all economically and culturally accessible to all. The resources of San Ferdinando will be reconnected to the territory and its conformation.
Public spaces and Water: San Ferdinando overlook the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is also surrounded to the north by the river Mesima. Water is an important resource through which social relations can be established, and economic dynamics that participate in the creation of the commons. The Countryside: The cultivation of the land of San Ferdinando is historically at the center of development and economic sustenance of the urban center. Today it is a central element in the creation of a circular economy that directly supports the citizens and workforce of San Ferdinando. Urban Voids and Disused Buildings: Urban voids are understood not as a negative element of the urban fabric, but as an element of strength for the development of San Ferdinando. They are politically activated spaces, places for the re-appropriation of one’s rights and identity necessary for the social cohesion that San Ferdinando needs. The Institutions: The project involves the creation of a multicultural pole that can support local culture by merging with the cultures of immigrant populations that can create opportunities for intercultural aggregation.
Location: San Ferdinando, Italy
Status: In-Progress, 2022-
Design Team: Alessandro Orsini, Nick Roseboro, Adriane Magadia, Stephen Zimmerer, Gerald Rubia, Maclane Regan,
Client: Comune di San Ferdinando, Associazione Culturale Disio