In the Italian PRIN National Priority Research Project RE-CYCLE ITALY, 2012-17, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education University and Research MIUR, a group from the Institute for Urban Design and Planning (coordinator: Prof. Jörg Schröder) is the international cooperation partner of the Cluster at the University of Genoa (coordinator: Prof. Mosè Ricci).
RE-CYCLE ITALY addresses new life-cycles for architecture, city, infrastructure and landscape, developing a common scientific methodology on urban regeneration, land reclamation and recycling strategies with particular interest on urban drosscapes and previous industrial sites.
The focus area analyzed in Hannover deals with the Continental AG area, a former industrial site of 23 hectares used for rubber production, in the Limmer neighbourhood, to the north-west of the city. At a urban scale the site has a strong potential, due to its strategic position with regard to the water system. It could also become a flagship project whose aim is to propose a new strategy for re-activating derelict sites across Hannover urban system. For these multiple reasons, the area has been chosen as a case study to test the recycling strategy on a specific context. The methodology will be a design project, based on three different steps: the analyses of the context, the planning of a transformation process, the construction of a future vision for this development area. The main idea of this design procedure is to foreshadow the area's possible future as a new urban hotspot, eventually by testing different scenarios to verify various operative actions. Its main target is to extract from this process a series of tactics that, from the peculiarity of this area, identify concepts and processes that may be exported to other contexts.