The transformation of the disused cement industry landscape Borgo San Dalmazzo and surroundings was the focus of design courses at the Technical University of Munich (landscape architecture) and Polytechnic University of Milan (architecture and urban planning). The students projects, which are based on trAILs materials (thematic assessments) and integrated by on site analyses performed by the students themselves, comprise a wide spectrum of potential future scenarios for the Italcementi site and the surrounding valley landscape, from the productive reuse of the existing spaces towards the ecological-oriented re-naturalization.
Scenario 1: LEVEL UP / taking Italcementi to the next step (TUM / Larissa Böhrkircher, Josef Östblom, Lotta Steger)
The concept targeted ecological aspects of high-risk flooding at the site and the nearby areas. By keeping and reusing elements of the existing factory, the identity of Italcementi and therefore its history is being kept, while the site takes new forms, offering a variety of possible uses and space for a future development. A kay aspect of the project is to overcome barriers and to create new connections. May it be between the two currently separated towns Borgo San Dalmazzo and Roccavione or between the former industrial site and the pilgrimage church of Monserrato, which is of great importance to the people of the village. Scenario is showing that former industrial sites can have a positive impact to the alpine landscape.
Scenario 2: RE-BINDING BORGO (TUM / Fabian Konopka, Jan Rosciszewski, Sioui Carling)
The concept Re.Bind.Borgo identifies a valuable potential in the metaphysical connection of a missing future vision for young people, the ageing society of cities like Borgo and the physical disconnection of the site and the context. As a new department Italcementi brings back a future vision for a young generation by professionalising, developing and translating the old knowledge and cultural professions towards the modern century and by that not only keep a culture alive but to relive a culture and its knowledge. Giving people a reason to come to this place requires a spatial concept that deals flexible and grows within the development. That’s why the concept builds the process in which the site can grow and develop on the transition between the context and Italcementi.
Scenario 3: ITALCEMENTI CAMPUS / thinking outside the box (idea by Daniela Jell, Pasha Vredenbregt)
The scenario comes from the outlines of the former industrial Italcementi buildings and structures, resulting in a clear and intuitive coherence between new design and old structures. New vegetation is planted to create variable open and closed spaces pleasing to its visitors. New build structures consist of a wall separating the jungle box from the research zone, an entrance building hosting informational and leisure functions and view boxes all situated on unique locations within the unaccusable jungle box. Reusing former industrial buildings and structures, if it has an added value to the research campus, is an important philosophy that has shaped our design and influenced the choices made.
Scenario 4: RE-Starting (idea by Letizia Cavalli, Hossein Faraji, Geronimo Felici Fioravanti, Siavash Rashidi)
The outcome of the production, beyond the cement, had some weaknesses and unhealthy environment, even was positive the affections for local economy and or employment for the local community. Even considering the current underused networks still available in transportation as for sample, the strategy established was based on networks refurbishment, allowing for site position. The existing regional tourist system, or the agropastoral activities still existing in the surroundings was valuated as opportunities for an outcome environmental-oriented focus onto water, productive soil, and woods-areas. The three main triggers are recognized as an Agro-Hub, Agri-Fo-restry actions planned interventions and finally, provide a Touristic Hub.
Scenario 5: ITALFRAMMENTI (Alexandra Grama, Sabrina Trampen)
How can a feeling of home be developed to restore contact between people and places?
As the space has a cultural anchoring potential, we receive the Landmark identity foundation and add selected elements to the landscape. Our design links old and new, integrates the cement plant into the landscape and reinforces the regional character. Biodiversity, industry, and the residents of the surrounding villages are united by the emerging landscape.
All interventions are kept to a minimum so that nature can recapture the terrain. The goal is a unique nature experience combined with playful learning, discovery, and research as well as an offer of leisure activities that represent the local lifestyle. The result is a harmonious quality of life between people, flora, and fauna.