NBS Case Study
The main actions are: demolish most of the buildings and unseal wide surfaces; deploy draining paving; recycle demolition debris to form gabions (reshaping of slopes to improve accessibility); increase tree canopy and vegetated areas; improve rainwater drainage systems (bio-swales, infiltration basins, raingarden); improve connections and leisure activities.
The Lagaccio district is a very dense neighbourhood - one of the densest in the whole metropolitan area - located between the Genova main station and the steep hills at its back. The area is also characterized by one of the highest immigration rates. Public open spaces are lacking due to both the topographic conditions and the extreme urbanisation wave in the 60's and 70's. Nowadays, accessible green areas are very few, although the barracks are a potential link to the Peralto Park growing from the slope foot upwards. Pedestrian and cycle connections are also very poor. The high sealing rate of soils rises the hydro-meteorological risk in the area, especially UHI effect, land slides, floods.
The project aims to create new accessibile open spaces by deploying nature-based solutions. The main objective is to increase climate resilience of this densely built neighbourhood, which is prone to severe flooding of underground rivers and which lack green areas.
Environmental benefits: UHI mitigation, improved rainwater drainage and reduction of water inlet into sewage systems in case of heavy rainfalls, increase of local biodiversity.
Social benefits: New accessible and nature-like leisure spaces, green areas for psychophisical well-being of citizens.
Economic benefits: Possible increase of estate values around the park, decrease of flooding damages in the downstream streets.
The specific location of the demonstration project (former barracks, steep slopes, edge of urban area, socially-complex neighbourhood with lack of public green spaces) provides the opportunity to transfer the adopted solutions and the experiences learned to many other EU urban contexts. Above all, this project could constitute an interesting case for other urban regeneration projects as well as for densely built Mediterranean cities.
Project not concluded yet.