FIG Working Week 2000, 21-26 May, Prague

Ferrara Municipality 

Town Planning Project for the Area to the West of the Town between the Railway and the Boicelli Canal between via Modena and the River Po

by Giuseppe Rando and Beppino Bonazzi

Key words: ethics, business practices.  


This urban reclamation project regards a disused industrial area situated in the Padana Plain, in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna. The area covers 201,370 m2 and it is located north-west of the city of Ferrara, adjoining the city wall.

The equipment and machinery of a disused sugar refinery as well as very old buildings once used for housing and offices are currently being demolished.

The objectives of the General Town Planning Scheme of the Municipality of Ferrara are based on the fact that the area referred to above forms part of a much larger industrial area of Ferrara, which was designed in the 1930s in the form of strategic primary infrastructures combining residential and services requirements. It nowadays connects the historical city of Ferrara towards the north with the hamlet of Pontelagoscuro, at the boundary of the province along the River Po.

The urban "gamble" is to reclaim the "Eridania" factory for other purposes, which could represent a "scientific area" closely linked with the faculty of engineering of the nearby university.

The project, or the "scientific area", would finally be used for research laboratories, accommodation facilities, exhibition areas, offices, residential areas and open air recreation facilities.

Geom. Giuseppe Rando and Geom. Beppino Bonazzi
Consiglio Nazionale Geometri
Via Barberini, 68
I-00187 Rome

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