Maria Goula. Urban rurality:new agricoltural models for the contemporary metropoly.
Design Workshop. Milan, 17 – 21 april 2013
The exodus from the countryside after the world war was not only a epochal social phenomenon: the abandonment of the least accessible land by farming produced a progressive impoverishment of the landscape, paving the way to phenomena until now know as desertification and erosion of land which now also undermine the hydrological safety of our country. However, the resistance of farms, often of a family or artisanal character, to the adaptation to the intensive industrial production system is giving its first results. Important stronghold for the landscape, these represent, especially those closer to the large urban centres, a source of civic awareness of the “rural presence”: enterprises that are able to offer a vast and rich user base not only products of a rediscovered local production chain , but also community services, cultural events, tourism and social activities supporting the metropolitan area. Conditions are emerging for the formation of new landscapes characterized by a hybrid nature, both rural and urban, of these contexts. The strengthening of the accomodation facility system in prospect for the EXPO 2015, and its consequent impact on the territory, induce the regeneration of the system of farms, contemporarily introducing the theme of the use of the productive cluster which originated the agricultural landscape of the Lombardy region, adding new and unexplored purposes.