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EXPERIMENTS IN URBAN RE-USE, REGENERATION, CULTURE AND ARCHITECTURE IN THE RAVENNA DOCKLANDS. THE TSN - TIRO A SEGNO NAZIONALE

Hall 1 A [ECOLOGY], ICC

Parallel Academic Session
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Monday, 4 August   2:00PM - 2:20PM

EXPERIMENTS IN URBAN RE-USE, REGENERATION, CULTURE AND ARCHITECTURE IN THE RAVENNA DOCKLANDS. THE TSN - TIRO A SEGNO NAZIONALE

The National Shooting Range (TSN) was founded by Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1872, one year after the unification of Italy. The headquarters for the Ravenna branch was built in 1892. Unfortunately the construction of new buildings for the TSN in the 1970s led to the abandonment of the historical site, causing it to fall into disrepair. The architecture of the shooting range is unique in the post-industrial docklands landscape and its imposing concrete structures form a fundamental part of Italy’s built heritage. ‘Experiments in Urban Re-Use’ is a project that shares the TSN’s desire to revitalise the site.

The design process opens the space to discovery by the community, combing architecture, culture and sustainability, utilising temporary events to achieve permanent improvements in the site's infrastructure. This paper describes the methodology of temporary re-use, the experiments to-date, the sustainability concept and the design of an off-grid, zero carbon prototype building that has the potential for duplication in other dis-used areas.

The project began in 2012 on the 150th anniversary of the TSN. Each 'Experiment' serves the dual purpose of designing a fun event while taking a concrete step towards restoring the complex. The long-term aims are threefold: firstly to renovate the buildings, then to build a sustainable prototype with a co-working space and finally to establish a creative cultural quarter. The project is part of Ravenna's bid to be European City of Culture 2019 and the experiments harness the commitment and passion of volunteers from cultural organisations and the wider community. The architects involved have founded a non-profit cultural association, Meme Exchange, to promote sustainable urban regeneration and the recovery of disused spaces.

Keywords: temporary re-use, experimentation, sustainability, culture, off-grid

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