Ferrara is characterised by an UNESCO World Heritage historical Renaissance centre embraced within the city walls, surrounded first by a series of large urban additions from the 20th Century and then by a scattered landscape of industrial settlements and agricultural fields and farms that develops along four main road axes.
From an environmental point of view, such an urban conformation, along with additional geo-morphological factors, contributes to an overall poor air-quality, to the generation of heat islands, as well as to scarce urban drainage. Additionally, from a landscaping point of view, the connections and junctures between the historical city, the 20th Century’s expansion and the industrial/agricultural outskirts are often problematic and fragmented.
Growing a new urban forest in such a context, offers the opportunity to mitigate these problems, from the improvement of air quality to the reduction of heat-island effect and enhancement of urban drainage, up to the development of a more pleasant landscape and enjoyable and public space.
Against this background, the Municipality of Ferrara identified five core locations for the Air-Break reforestation actions: the City Walls (1); the main commuting axis of Via Eridano (2), Via Monteverdi (3), and Via Modena (5); and around the area of the Trade Fair (4).