Territorial Connection and Cohesion - The Case of Agrigento Inland Area
The Europe 2020 strategy and the Horizon 2020 program can begin a real path about the role that the city will be able play for a new development. Usually, it is in the cities that are intensifying tangible and intangible social relations and, given that they focused almost 70% of the world population, it is clear that the city must begin to start any development scenario: the problems / opportunities related to the management of natural resources, energy to move. The culture is a «primary factor of urban creativity (...), the city's identity that has its roots the program schedule of history and extends its branches in the future» , awaiting a new model of development local self-sustainable combining protection, conservation, enhancement of resources and economic recovery. In Sicily, the small cities are located, mostly, in the inland, hilly or mountainous areas, where live, again, abandonment, isolation and fragmentation, unlike the coastal urban area, more dynamic, includes the metropolitan areas and the most important towns. In this context, we examined the case of the region in Agrigento. The present study was conducted on all municipalities but not on those outermost and peripheral areas which are more distant from the pole and longer subject to the problems typical of these areas. The vision proposes a multi-layered and multi-dimensional territory characterized by infrastructure networks, networks of settlement, economic and social formations, set up with a multi-scale approach as required by the paradigm of sustainability, «a regional strategy for the medium-long-term» and, on the small scale, the answer «to ad hoc needs». In the case of the region of Agrigento, it is more appropriate deal in about the mobility and not about the transport, to move from a logic of exclusive government of the offer, a demand, through projects and policies that promote use integrated soil, actions to promote intermodality, projects to improve the construction of circuits safe mobility. To start virtuous dynamics of their cooperation, therefore, the contribution aims to intervene with a reticular approach, with a strong identity value, leading to a free physical and virtual so that, combining protection, exploitation of resources, services and economic development, in such small municipalities be returned liveability and attractiveness.
Carmelina Bevilacqua, Francesco Calabrò and Lucia Della Spina
G. Prestia and V. Scavone, "Territorial Connection and Cohesion - The Case of Agrigento Inland Area", Advanced Engineering Forum, Vol. 11, pp. 41-46, 2014