Urban ruins in historical centres. An integrated methodology for sustainable interventions in Cagliari, Sardinia

Elisa Pilia

Abstract


The present contribute is focused on the role that ruins play in historical centres in terms of meaning, testimony, values and opportunity. Ruined structures in fact, are still more frequently misunderstood places and the debate over how best to preserve them continues among academics the world over, raising questions that merit further investigation. After an historical and contemporary outline of theoretical and practical tendencies to ruins internationally, with an in-depth analysis and comparison of the Anglo-Saxon and Italian approaches and methods, the aim is to delineate a transdisciplinary and integrated methodology that allows the investigation and enhancement of the strategic values of such artefacts and their potential contribution to the sustainable requalification of historic urban cores. This study considers the historic centre of Cagliari, the regional capital of Sardinia characterised by a high presence of medieval ruins, as an opportunity to re-consider these problems on a local scale. In this city, the wrecks left in the aftermath of aerial bombardment by the Allies during the WWII, represent something of a blight on the landscape beyond the mere presence of fallen masonry and overgrown vegetation. They also represent an absence, a series of empty spaces located in nodal points of the historic centre that neither have a current function or any plans for future use. 


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urban ruins, transdisciplinarity, heritage, reuse, sustainability

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14633/AHR61

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ArcHistoR è una rivista open access e peer reviewed (double blind), di Storia dell’architettura e Restauro, pubblicata dall’Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria. La rivista ha cadenza semestrale. È una rivista di Classe A (ANVUR) per l’Area 08 - Ingegneria civile ed Architettura, settori C1, D1, E1, E2, F1.

Comitato scientifico internazionale

Maria Dolores Antigüedad del Castillo-Olivares (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia de España), Monica Butzek (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz), Jean-François Cabestan (Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne), Alicia Cámara Muñoz (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia de España), David Friedman (Massachussets Institute of Technology), Alexandre Gady (Université Paris-IV-Sorbonne), Jörg Garms (Universität Wien), Miles Glenndinning (Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies, University of Edinburgh), Christopher Johns (Vanderbilt University, Nashville), Mark Wilson Jones (University of Bath), Loughlin Kealy (University College Dublin), Paulo Lourenço (Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho), David Marshall (University of Melbourne), Werner Oechslin (ETH, Zurich, Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln), José Luis Sancho (Dirección de Conservación de Bienes Histórico-Artísticos, Palacio Real, Madrid), Dmitrij O. Švidkovskij (Moscow Architectural Institute, MARCHI)

Comitato direttivo

Tommaso Manfredi (direttore responsabile), Giuseppina Scamardì (direttore editoriale), Bruno Mussari, Annunziata Maria Oteri, Francesca Passalacqua, Nino Sulfaro

 

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Laboratorio Cross. Storia dell'architettura e restauro

    

      

 ISSN 2384-8898

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