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Old September 24th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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TURIN | Urban renewal news




In the mid-nineties the City of Turin started to cope with the issues of urban redevelopment and urban regeneration, implementing in the last ten to fifteen years a set of policies, tools and processes in the framework of two key factors either exogenous and endogenous affecting the transformation of the city.

On one hand, the crisis of Fordism which left more than six million square meters of dismissed industrial areas, imposed to re-consider not only the city identity, after being a factory-city during all the twentieth century but also to re-think about the large urban emptiness left which could be transformed - as the 80% of urban areas in Torino – and included in the Objective 2 of the European Structural Funds.

Moreover, investments for 2006 Olympic Winter Games gave a further impetus to urban transformation. A huge amount of national and transnational resources, both public and private, landed in Turin and major projects of urban transformation were developed. The core idea being, at that time, that the urban development plan was an instrument for managing and transforming the city: new districts and new urban centralities were created, such as the transformations of the 'Backbones' of the city and the re-use of a massive number of large dismissed industrial sites.

On the other hand, over the same period, an urban crisis appeared, involving the dense, built up and inner areas: historical neighbourhoods like Porta Palazzo and San Salvario became stereotypes of conflicts, and citizens’ demand for security broke in the local political agenda often with an adversative and claiming approach, particularly regarding the new comers (migrants above all).

In those years, therefore, many diverse urban recovery and regeneration processes were launched in combination with integrated projects aiming to reinforcing the social texture, either in urban semi-central neighbourhoods such as Porta Palazzo and San Salvario, or in public housing blocks (by the means of Urban Recovery Programs, Neighbourhood Contracts and Local Development Actions). Since 1997 the city has used a big amount of regional, ministerial and European resources with the purpose of intervening on the “extraordinariness” of urban regeneration which was seen crucial for the re-composition of social cohesion in those city areas which were not affected by the major urban transformations.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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PORTA SUSA Station - (AREP architects)




The new Porta Susa Station is one of the main symbols of the redevelopment of Turin, for various reason. Notably its impact on the new urban geographical layout and its special architectural design, but above all its function as a railway station link on the high-speed lines to France and Milan.




















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Old September 25th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #3
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This is the situation before the new station:







The urban link of Turin:










..and the old station of Porta Susa:

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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #4
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The SPINA 3


The territory of Spina 3 is an area of one million square metres in the northern part of the city, not far from the city centre.
Starting from the last decade of the 19th century, the river Dora Riparia (whose water was used for power) favoured the establishment of important industries like Ferriere FIAT (iron metallurgy), Michelin (tyres), Paracchi (carpets), Superga (shoes), and Officine Savigliano (electrical and railway manufactured goods). For instance, Savigliano built the iron roof of the main Milano railway station and the rails for the Trans-Siberian railway.















Result of an internetional competion on the basis of the masterplans by Jean-Pierre Buffi and Andreas Kipar, the Dora Park project covers an area of 45 acres straddling the river, which reuses the materials, structures and routes of weaving landscape and its past industrial architectures.
The creation of the park has different parts: the green park in the Michelin and Vitali areas by Latz+Parteners, the church of Santo Volto by Mario Botta, the business park Dora, the technological park of the environment.




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Old September 27th, 2012, 05:34 AM   #5
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good for Turin,, being one of the biggest industrial city in Italy and Europe, their citizens deserve good quality of life,,,,,never is late to re-organize the city,, only needs is decision to do it
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Old September 29th, 2012, 10:56 AM   #6
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Thank you!

I'm completely agree! What we need is decision, good projects and in this period, money
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Old September 29th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #7
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Church of the Holy Face in SPINA 3 - (Mario Botta)

Once occupied by FIAT iron foundries, today the former Ingest area in Spina 3 is home to the new religious Diocesan Center, composed by the church of the Holy Face, a conferece room, offices and the headquarters of the center's office.







The massive volume of the church is autonomous from the rest of the complex. Seven towers in red bricks build a large hall where the natural light creates a mystical space of silence and prayer.


















The funnel of the foundries has been kept as it was in the original industrial activity, but elected as a symbol of metamorphosis and wrapped in a helical structure surmonted by a cross.




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Old September 29th, 2012, 05:21 PM   #8
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Great, it looks like Botta's work. Turin is a very interesting city.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 04:31 PM   #9
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Dora Park in SPINA 3 - (Latz+Partner)

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Landscape architects Latz + Partner have created a master piece: Due to the various relics, the four areas have a slightly differing design approach, but an outstanding overall concept keeps the Parco Dora together: The superordinate design principle is the connection of partial area between each other and with the city.
What the planners had to integrate is the historic heritage, the industry, and the integration of the river. Both stand for the city of Turin, and the park reflects this identity.
Former cisterns, cooling ponds etc. are part of a water cycle supplying various trick fountains, but also take care of the city’s high water protection. Another peculiarity is the steel bridge, crossing nearly the whole park and creating connections to the surrounding residential quarters. Discovering the post-industrial free areas from a new perspective, from above, is an ingenious invention made by 21st century landscape architecture.
The realization of the executive and detail planning of the areas “LottoVitali“, “Ingest“ and “Michelin“ was not done by Latz und Partner anymore. The “Valdocco” area, however, was completed under the supervision of Latz und Partner.






































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Old October 3rd, 2012, 08:49 PM   #10
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Buildings in SPINA 3 - (J. P. Buffi - Gabetti & Isola -Studio Granma)


































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Intesa Sanpaolo bank's headquarter - ( Renzo Piano )

As new headquarters of a major European banking group, the glass skyscraper 166,66 m high will house more than 2,000 people; employees and executives. The building was designed according to the principles of trasparency, light quality and sustainability: photovoltaic cells (on the southern side) and double skin facades (east and west) cover the tower, in which the central core of elevators is not set in the center, but towards the north.
The project defines the ground floor of the tower as a public space permeable: a square from which it is possible to get access to the congress hall and look towards the public park located between skyscraper and the Law Court building. On the higher floors, there is the office spaces. A bioclimatic greenhouse includes a restaurant, exhibition area and a rooftop terrace.













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Old October 9th, 2012, 05:16 PM   #13
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THANK YOU !!!
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Old October 10th, 2012, 07:27 AM   #14
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Well done normy89 !
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Old October 10th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #15
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That's a pretty big project.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 12:23 PM   #16
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.. for those who live in Turin, help me to improve the thread !!!
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Old October 10th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #17
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Town center squares' riqualification - (PIAZZA SAN CARLO & PIAZZA VITTORIO VENETO)

The city of Turin has initiated in recent years a broad policy of making pedestrian the historical center, trying at the same time to keep also car accesibility to its key points.
The interventions are of greater importance, because the creation of underground car parks of Piazza San Carlo (about 370 seats) and Piazza Vittorio Veneto (about 620 seats), cleared public spaces from cars and return them the fullness of its historical value. While the parking of Piazza Vittorio, located on the edge of the historical center, can intercept cars before you log on, the one in Piazza San Carlo was heavily criticized during its construction because of its central location.


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Old October 10th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #18
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Bellissima Torino!!!!!! Una delle città più belle d'Europa !
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Old October 10th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #19
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Beautiful town centre of Turin, a city that most tourists bypass. It's good to see the square without cars but it's not practical to ban them from all parts of an inner city as they do contribute to commerce (like it or not) and there is always a danger of turning an old city centre into some kind of theme park if all traffic is banned.
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Actually under the square shown in the photos (Piazza S.Carlo) there is a parking that is connected to other two underground parkings (one in Piazza Carlo Felice and one in Piazza Castello) by a tunnel. It runs under the street that goes from the train station (in Piazza Carlo Felice) to the "heart" of the city centre (Piazza Castello).
Besides, not the whole city centre is pedestrian, only some streets and squares. Cars cannot enter the centre only between 7.30 am and 10.30 am in weekdays (unless they have a pass). So, if you want to go by car you can.
But I also want to point out that a proper pedestrianization can boost commerce. For example, here in Turin, a street (Via Lagrange) was banned to cars and a new paving was made: today is so fashionable that many luxury shops and boutiques have opened and the dealers of a street nearby have asked for the same "treatment". A good mixture of streets opened to traffic and pedestrian ones can really make the difference.

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