TECHNE 17 (2019): Horizontality/verticality in architecture
Research and Experimentation

Urban recycle. Regenerative strategies for the “horizontal city”

Vincenzo Gioffré
Dipartimento di Architettura e Territorio, Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria

Published 2019-01-17


  • Urban recycling,
  • Landscape care,
  • Shared strategies,
  • Environmental sustainability

How to Cite

Gioffré, V. (2019). Urban recycle. Regenerative strategies for the “horizontal city”. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (17), 161–170.


This paper proposes the first steps and subsequent developments of an experimental approach – through the actions carried out by the Reggio Calabria Operational Unit in the “Re-Cycle Italy” PRIN1 and developed in further subsequent research – aimed at regenerating the degraded landscapes2 in the urban margin areas of the “horizontal city” in Southern Italy. The result of the research is a proposal of a settlement model in which to hypothesise an “ecological transition”. From the “horizontal city” that exploits primary resources and produces urban waste and fragile territories, to a model of “metropolis landscape” that is based on modern widely shared principles of urban recycling, sustainable development, sharing and participation, circular economy and the care of the landscape.


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