Since 2012, the municipal administration of Pozzuoli has constantly worked to develop an urban regeneration strategy for the district of Monterusciello , the last new town designed and realized in Italy of this scale in the 80’s. An action activating 50 hectares of abandoned public space.
The topics faced in the MAC Project have been jointly defined, as main actors, by the Municipality of Pozzuoli Department of the Government of the Territory, Confagricoltura trade associations and Coldiretti. The aim of this action in partnership was to set up a process for the enhancement of agriculture in the urban context of Monterusciello as an economic, social and environmental resource such as to guarantee that specific urban areas a real opportunity for development and income.
On the occasion of the first UIA call, The Municipality of Pozzuoli proposed the MAC project - Monterusciello Agro-City, by joining to the topic of urban poverty and redevelopment of disadvantaged urban areas. The UIA funding made it possible to launch this regeneration action which was divided into different levels of action,
to training actions to the launch of innovative local tools for urban planning,
up to the organization of events to determine an ever greater inclusion of the local community.
The planned urban regeneration intervention in the Monterusciello settlement pre-establishes the formation of a relevant set of ecosystem services. They are self-sustaining both in economic and financial terms economic and financial and capable to generate employment in the heart of the metropolitan area, which historically suffer from unemployment issues, especially among young people, and from persisting marginalization and social exclusion. The project implements forms of interstitial agriculture and proximity to urban fabrics, resulting in an exceptional reconstruction of the landscape such as to give new appeal to traditional building settlements, originally conceived as social housing, although inserted in an urban context economic and popular, although framed in a new town of exceptional urban value.
he Journal no.1 details the main problems of the neighborhood present at the beginning of the MAC project. In this final Journal it is worth reporting the main problematic contexts:
• urban planning services and standards never properly implemented
• housing stock with serious problems of physical and energy requalification
• a population with low schooling
• a conflictual relationship between residents and the public institutions