Paper 403

Sustainable refurbishment of abandoned urban areas: the case study of former SIAPA area, Galliera –Bologna, Italy

Authors: A Elbardisy (1), Y William (2), M Sherif (2), M Aboulnaga (3), M Guedes (4)

  1. Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
  2. Research student, Dept. of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
  3. Professor of Sustainable Built Environment, Dept. of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
  4. Associate Professor of Sustainable Architecture, Dept. of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Lisbon, Portugal


This study presents a conceptual vision of an innovative approach to refurbishing the vacant urban spaces and abandoned buildings of the former SIAPA area in Galliera –Bologna, Italy, transforming it into a liveable, productive, and sustainable park through applying the recent technologies in urban farming. The methodology depends on two approaches: an assessment of the current site and an applied study incorporating technologies that are based on soilless solutions to reduce the consumption of irrigation water, wastes, and increase production. The upgraded park named ‘‘Galliera Kitchen Park’’ (GKP) integrates urban farming technologies for the outdoor farms, whereas, the vertical zip-grow technologies are exploited in indoor farms, generating fresh kitchen crops. GKP works on linking the industrial area with the residential area as well as connecting citizens to vibrant places where food and memories are derived from. A business plan includes marketing strategy, operation management, SWOT, financial analysis, and a business model study to predict the worst-case and best-case scenarios for the project running.Finally, requalifying the area would benefit back the entire town; it could be once again an economic centre for Galliera. The results highlight the potential of the proposed intervention to attain SDG 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13and 17.

Keywords: Sustainability; innovation; urban refurbishment; food production; low-carbon city.

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