During the last decades, the disposal of industrial complexes and the consequent need for renewal of such sites and their contexts arose the interest of heritage organizations, experts and communities in taking care of industrial heritage sites, increasingly recognized as founding patrimony of their contexts. This is the case for the Solvay factory and its industrial village, which represents undoubtedly the founding patrimony of the city of Rosignano Solvay and its territory. The peculiarity of such place, however, is that the Solvay factory is still productive, making the process of recognition of the material and immaterial values of its built heritage particularly difficult. Most of the inhabitants, indeed, observing the negative environmental consequences, hardly recognize its multiple values. At the same time, according to many others, the industrial village would deserve to be seen under a different light. Hence, the site was chosen as object of study, with the aim to identify strategies for its valorisation and raise awareness of its values among the wider community. To fully understand critical issues and potentialities of the industrial village, it was deemed necessary to adopt a multidisciplinary research approach, joining historical, architectural, territorial and sociological analysis. The main critical issues of the whole city of Rosignano Solvay have turned out to be the lack of a real center and the poor interconnection and usability of public spaces. On the other hand, we observed that the historic industrial village has the potential to become the “center” that city has never had through the introduction of a sustainable mobility, the rehabilitation of public spaces and a higher attention to the conservation of its built heritage.

Industrial heritage between identity and conflicts: analysis and possibilities for the industrial village of Rosignano Solvay in Tuscany

Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua;Stefania Landi
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Sonia Paone;
2018

Abstract

During the last decades, the disposal of industrial complexes and the consequent need for renewal of such sites and their contexts arose the interest of heritage organizations, experts and communities in taking care of industrial heritage sites, increasingly recognized as founding patrimony of their contexts. This is the case for the Solvay factory and its industrial village, which represents undoubtedly the founding patrimony of the city of Rosignano Solvay and its territory. The peculiarity of such place, however, is that the Solvay factory is still productive, making the process of recognition of the material and immaterial values of its built heritage particularly difficult. Most of the inhabitants, indeed, observing the negative environmental consequences, hardly recognize its multiple values. At the same time, according to many others, the industrial village would deserve to be seen under a different light. Hence, the site was chosen as object of study, with the aim to identify strategies for its valorisation and raise awareness of its values among the wider community. To fully understand critical issues and potentialities of the industrial village, it was deemed necessary to adopt a multidisciplinary research approach, joining historical, architectural, territorial and sociological analysis. The main critical issues of the whole city of Rosignano Solvay have turned out to be the lack of a real center and the poor interconnection and usability of public spaces. On the other hand, we observed that the historic industrial village has the potential to become the “center” that city has never had through the introduction of a sustainable mobility, the rehabilitation of public spaces and a higher attention to the conservation of its built heritage.
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