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Corso Martiri della Libertà

Location > Catania, Sicily, Italy
Surface > 240,000 sqm or 787,401.7 ft
Design > Mario Cucinella Architects, Land Italia


The City
The city proper of Catania has a population of more than 313,000 inhabitants, while its urban and metro areas count 700,000 and 1.1 million people respectively, making it the second largest conglomeration in Sicily.

Catania is the first economic and industrial hub of Sicily. The city is famous for its mainly petrochemical industry, and the extraction of sulphur. In the late-19th century and early-20th century, Catania began to be heavily industrialised, with its several factories and chimneys, often to the extant that it was referred to as Southern Italy's Manchester.

Today, Catania, despite several problems, has one of the most dynamic economies in the whole of Southern Italy. It still has a strong industrial and agricultural sector, and a fast-growing tourist industry, with many international visitors coming to visit the city's main sights and surrounds. It contains the headquarters or important offices of companies such as STMicroelectronics, and also several chemical and pharmaceutical businesses. There have been several new business and services developments to further boost Catania's economy at regional level. The city is also the home Catania Fontanarossa International Airport, Sicily's largest airport and Italy's sixth largest airport by passengers traffic.

Founded in 729 BC as the ancient village of Katane, the city of Catania lies on the Ionian Sea, under the shadow of Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano. In the 17th Century, following a strong earthquake, the entire old part of town was rebuilt in Baroque style, with large, wide open squares and avenues. The most remarkable aspect, however, was the building material used: lava. Catania is essentially an unique city in the world for this. The city was included into an Unesco World Heritage Site "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto".

The Project
The masterplan will redevelop and reinterpret the area around the old quarter of San Berillo as new link between downtown and the waterfront. The intention is to restore an urban area to the city of Catania with new public and private functions.




The project involves the construction of large urban hanging garden acting as liaison between the city and the sea and with the function of mending between the neighboring districts.




Inside, a pedestrian and bicycle axis will emerge, forming a boulevard and new plazas. Facing the boulevard will be a series of low buildings, stepped with garden terraces, intended as shops and restaurants and more urban scale functions as cinema, theater and museum. The place will also include spaces for other buildings such as market and an hotel with an iconic presence, almost a gate to the city from the sea.






Construction work is scheduled to begin in 2018.​
 

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Project details and official references

Overview
The masterplan of St. Berillo will redevelop and reinterpret the area around the old quarter of San Berillo, after more than 50 years of deterioration, as a new link between downtown and the waterfront. The intention is to restore an urban area to the city of Catania with new public and private functions. The masterplan is inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon and by Catania's culture of green space. The project's involves the construction of a large urban garden acting as liaison between the city and the sea and with the function of mending between the two neighboring districts. Inside, a green axis (pedestrian and bicycle) will emerge, forming a new town Boulevard and new pedestrian plazas. Facing the Boulevard will be a series of low buildings, stepped with garden terraces, intended as shops and more urban scale functions of (cinema, theater, museum). At the end there will be space for residential buildings (providing closure to the urban fabric) and a hotel with an iconic presence, almost a a gate to the city from the sea.

Details
Location: Catania.
Typology: Masterplan.
Year: 2012 - Currently under construction.
Clients: PARSITALIA, ISTICA-CECOS , RISANAMENTO SAN BERILLO.
Surface: 240.000 sqm.
Project: Mario Cucinella Architects.
Team: Mario Cucinella, Hyun Seok Kim (concept design), Luca Bertacchi (concept design and masterplan), Michele Olivieri (architect in charge for preliminary phase), Alberto Casarotto, Alberto Menozzi, Giuseppe Perrone, Gianluca Tabellini, Sara Trueba Fonseca, Noa Shoval; Yuri Costantini (model maker).
Commercial layout consultants: Cushman&Wakefield.
Landscape consultant: LAND Milan.
3D Rendering: Cristian Chierici - CC79.


References and lectures
[ENG-ITA] Mario Cucinella Architects | San Berillo Masterplan - Official San Berillo masterplan reference
[ENG-ITA] UrbanPromo | Progetto di riqualificazione di Corso Martiri della Libertà a Catania - Italian national architecture annual conference the San Berillo masterplan was discussed into
[ITA] Land25 | San Berillo: verso una rigenerazione - LAND (the company providing green layout) blog article discussing VP1-6 masterplan areas


Corso Martiri della Libertà timelined history and progress overview
  • [NEW!] [December 11st, 2017] - Enzo Bianco, Catania's mayor, officially opened the building sites of San Berillo, finally signing the begin of San Berillo masterplan realization.
  • [November 21st, 2017] - Salvo di Salvo, Catania's city planning assessor, unveiled that the official date of the San Berillo masterplan being build starting from was December 11st, 2017. Also, a new services conference would be held soon in order to agree the 2nd tender publication. The Phase 2 tender is even more huge and will provide the superficial park realization and the underground parking being 500 spaces capable.
  • [November 2nd, 2017] - Consorzio Stabile Costruttori, a construction company based in Maletto, Catania, won the first tender.
  • [July 10th, 2017] - The first public tender got finally published, officially being the start of the Phase 1 in which the VP3, VP4, VP5 and VP6 described in these sections will finally be realized.
  • [December 20th, 2016] - Two new stations of the Line 1 of Catania's underground, "Giovanni XXIII" and "Stesicoro", finally got opened, providing now full covering over Stesichorus Square, Corso Sicilia, Piazza della Repubblica, Corso Martiri della Libertà, Piazza Giovanni XXIII.
  • [January 2nd, 2016] - The ANAC, Anti Corruction National Agency, provided a positive judgement over deploying public tenders for San Berillo masterplan realization.
  • [September 2nd, 2014] - The agreement of 2008 allowing for extra cubic meters got revised. Also, green areas got incremented by 35%, the antiseismic middle school Giovanni Pascoli got saved from demolition and a more capable and completely underground parking was included into the project with a huge park over its surface. The parking will be by 1/3 private and by 2/3 owned by city's administration.
  • [March 23rd, 2012] - The Italian Mario Cucinella architect, together with ISTICA's leaders, presented a new project for San Berillo, which was the one being realized nowadays.
  • [August 9th, 2009] - ISTICA provided a new preliminary masterplan created by the Italian Massimiliano Fuksas architect, which has never been realized.
  • [May 30th, 2008] - The legal dispute between ISTICA and the city's administration, which lasted over several decades, finally ended up with an agreement between the two parts which stated the ISTICA would receive a money compensantion and the authorization of building over the regional's law limitation quota.
  • [July, 1969] - ISTICA, whose name stands for "ISTituto Immobiliare CAtanese", which was the owner of most of the lands among San Berillo quarter, opened a legal dispute against the city's administration because of a law approved over that period of time. The law established that the maximum volume density per square meter would pass from the previous maximum allowed of 18.65 to the new 5 cubic meters/square meters, which ISTICA retained to be completely unconvenient for their sake.
  • [1960 decade] - Half of the originally planned boulevard, named Corso Sicilia, was built. The new road structure was now made of a boulevard linking Stesichorus Square to a new, huge, square named "Piazza della Repubblica", which was placed halfway between Stesichorus Square and Piazza Giovanni XXIII. Since then, Corso Sicilia and Piazza della Repubblica became the most important financtial district of the city. But, despite that, San Berillo masterplan was far from being completed, since the road axis between the newly built Piazza della Repubblica and the waterfront's Piazza Giovanni XXIII was a complete mess, with heavy poverty conditions and almost nothing built over it.
  • [February, 1957] - San Berillo quarter got mostly demolished by the intention of Catania's city administration to provide a direct connection between Stesichours Square, the heart of Catania's historical centre, and the waterfront's square "Piazza Giovanni XXIII", by creating a new, large, boulevard.
 

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Areas of intervention and current status

VP1 - [Planned 2018 Q2]

Masterplan
- Coming soon -

Description
- Coming soon -

Technical information
Area: N/A.
Project phase: Phase 2 [2018 Q2].
Current status: Awaiting for public conference to deploy tender publication.
Construction start date: N/A.
Estimated required time: N/A.
Construction end date: N/A.


VP2 - [Planned 2018 Q2]

Masterplan
- Coming soon -

Description
- Coming soon -

Technical information
Area: N/A.
Project phase: Phase 2 [2018 Q2].
Current status: Awaiting for public conference to deploy tender publication.
Construction start date: N/A.
Estimated required time: N/A.
Construction end date: N/A.


VP3 - [0% Completed]

Masterplan


Description
- Coming soon -

Technical information
Area: N/A.
Project phase: Phase 1 [2017 Q4].
Current status: Under construction.
Construction start date: Dec 11, 2017.
Estimated required time: 183 days.
Construction end date: N/A.


VP4 - [0% Completed]

Masterplan


Description
- Coming soon -

Technical information
Area: N/A.
Project phase: Phase 1 [2017 Q4].
Current status: Under construction.
Construction start date: Dec 11, 2017.
Estimated required time: 183 days.
Construction end date: N/A.


VP5 - [0% Completed]

Masterplan


Description
- Coming soon -

Technical information
Area: N/A.
Project phase: Phase 1 [2017 Q4].
Current status: Under construction.
Construction start date: Dec 11, 2017.
Estimated required time: 183 days.
Construction end date: N/A.


VP6 - [0% Completed]

Masterplan


Description
- Coming soon -

Technical information
Area: N/A.
Project phase: Phase 1 [2017 Q4].
Current status: Under construction.
Construction start date: Dec 11, 2017.
Estimated required time: 183 days.
Construction end date: N/A.


VPx - [Awaiting Phase 2 deployment]

Masterplan


Description
- Coming soon -
- More information will be available once Phase 2 interventions will deploy.

Technical information
Area: N/A.
Project phase: Phase 3 [2018-2022].
Current status: Awaiting for executive project.
Construction start date: N/A.
Estimated required time: 4 years.
Construction end date: N/A.
 

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San Berillo masterplan glossary

SkyscraperCity glossary (relevant posts from this and the official Italian thread)
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Mah, che polemica sterile e inutile.

Skyscrapercity è un forum internazionale, e questa sezione, internazionale appunto, è rivolta agli utenti di tutto il mondo curiosi di conoscere il progetto.
 

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Being a citizen of Catania, I want to express my appreciation for the project and best wishes for its accomplishment.
 

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