Giro d’Italia of CSR in Veneto, focus on new urbanization

Appointment in Padua on April 19 with the eighth stage

Social housing, functional city regions and urban regeneration. These are the keywords of the new urbanization, which is based on environmental and social sustainability to guarantee greener, more equitable and livable urban spaces. To take stock of the current state of affairs and future scenarios, the appointment is in Padua on April 19 with the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia of the CSR, which lands in Veneto after touching on seven other regions to spread the culture of sustainability. After the appointments in Turin, Messina, Savona, Udine, Rome, Naples and Bologna, in Padua the focus is on the new demands of the city.

“To have more sustainable cities, it is necessary to adopt an inclusive, responsible, shared vision – comments Rossella Sobrero, of the promoter group of the CSR and social innovation show – If the goal is to improve the lives of those who live, study and work in urban centers it is necessary to listen to the needs of the people, optimize the resources available, create alliances between the various social actors. The 2030 Agenda also reminds us that a sustainable city must make spaces efficient, digital, livable and integrated with each other”. Participation in the meeting, which will be held at 9.30 in the Nievo hall of the University of Padua, will also be possible in streaming on the YouTube channel of the CSR and social innovation exhibition, which this year celebrates its 11th edition with the title of ‘Living the change’. At this link you can download the complete program of the day. The meeting is organized in collaboration with the University of Padua, the Interdepartmental Center for Regional Studies ‘Giorgio Lago’ and with the VeLa – Veneto Laboratorio Civico association, which has merged with Veneto Responsible.

After the opening of the proceedings with the contributions of Patrizia Messina and Michelangelo Savino of the University of Padua and Alfio Piotto, president of the VeLa association, the first panel will be dedicated to social housing and the different meanings it can take on the territory. “The theme of living allows us to grasp various aspects of the profound social changes underway – comments Patrizia Messina, professor at the University of Padua and expert in territorial governance – The emergence of new urban regeneration initiatives, new practices and new actors who, in different forms, have tried to respond to the new “poverty emergency” and the new demand for “living”, demonstrate how this is one of the most interesting fields of experimentation and social innovation, which has given rise to new forms of co-housing living; collective or collaborative or cooperative housing; senior housing; multi sharing; co-living, multi-local living, micro-living”.

One of the examples brought to light during the Paduan stage of the Giro is that of the municipality of Preganziol, represented by the mayor Paolo Galeano: here the planning of social housing was conceived for self-sufficient elderly people, with the creation of an entirely designed neighborhood for their needs, with proximity services aimed at social inclusion within the urban fabric. The goal is to make the city suitable for the fourth age as well, without isolating the self-sufficient elderly in rest homes. A community neighborhood with shared services for families has instead been born in San Donà di Piave: the mayor Andrea Cereser, a supporter of social cohesion as a means to live better in cities and towns, will talk about it.

For the municipality of Santorso, however, the mayor Franco Balzi will bring the example of the project “Keys to the house”, dedicated to the independence of living for people with disabilities. Maurizio Trabujo, director of the La Casa Foundation, will talk about cohousing and coworking for students and migrants in the city of Padua, where buildings with a high level of eco-sustainability have been designed to accommodate the study, work and initial reception needs of the younger population groups . The guidelines of this new way of building and living in the Veneto region, with particular attention to young couples, will finally be outlined by Tiberio Businaro and Marco Bellinello, president and director of the territorial agency for residential construction in Padua.

In addition to shaping the cities of the future, the sustainable revolution of living also involves the creation of functional macro-networks. This is the case of the new functional City Region of central Veneto, told by the president of Confindustria Veneto Est, Leopoldo Destro. The project stems from the need for a supra-local control and coordination booth for a territory, that of central Veneto, characterized by the phenomenon of the widespread city, in which industrial and residential settlements coexist without interruption and in which the high density of the productive fabric makes it one of the largest Functional Urban Areas in Europe. Bruno Barel, senior scholar of the University of Padua, will then coordinate the interventions of the many subjects involved in urban and territorial regeneration projects: Francesco De Bettin, president of the Board of Dba Energy Division; Giordano Gaianigo of Coprim Gas; Maurizio Zordan, CEO of Zordan srl and Andrea Micalizzi, deputy mayor of the Municipality of Padua.

“In the context of the Veneto – comments the urban planner Michelangelo Savino, professor at the University of Padua – experiencing change in a perspective of sustainability and corporate and territorial social responsibility means, more than ever, addressing the issue of regeneration urban and territorial, which also includes mobility and logistics, starting from the strengthening of inter-municipal service networks, for people and for businesses, which make a fragmented territory more connected, in search of a new identity, capable of integrating urban and rural within a single more cohesive and attractive regional system”.

Even art can play an important role in responding to the new demand for cities. For example, giving rise to actions of denunciation capable in turn of triggering processes of transformation. This is what the Bocaverta Collective did, active in the social and cultural life of the area of ​​Riese Pio X and Vallà, in the province of Treviso. The Wallà, a participatory urban regeneration project, through the involvement of important street artists has managed to give new life to a small town distorted in the past by industrialization and heavy traffic, as Samuele Stocco, a member of the collective, will tell at the end of the works.

In addition to bringing art and beauty back to the center of the urban fabric, The Wallà has already generated the first fruits, giving rise to a network of collaborations between the world of local businesses and that of education, primarily represented by the Institute of Fashion and Design Raffles in Milan which included The Wallà phenomenon in the study program of the degree course and the master’s degree in Product Design.