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  • Maria Luna Nobile - DiARC Department of Architecture, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy

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Thinking about the architectural project as a broader process first requires reflecting on the role of architecture in urban transformation. The current debate’s main actors are theoreticians and architects, demonstrating that it is possible to direct one’s gaze to a new way of conceiving architecture as a device. The proposed topic is related to research conducted on the architecture and design of public spaces for waste recycling collection centres in the Department of Architecture of the University Federico II in Naples, Italy. The main idea is to conceive waste recycling collection centres not only for their service function but for public spaces in the city. The waste collection centres can have new associated functions, such as laboratories, markets, exhibition areas and rooms for educational activities. According to the guidelines of the Campania Region, a recycling collection centre is an area located in the city, and the number of centres is proportional to the number of citizens. According to these guidelines, the project wants to demonstrate that it is possible to avoid the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) effect and to integrate this inconvenient function within the city centre, connecting these centres with other activities intended for community use that can be integrated with the size and the function of the recycling collection centre. This functional contamination does not mask an inconvenient function but increases the social value of these places. The case studies for designing waste recycling collection centres were developed according to the guidelines of this research and are described in this article.


Editorial History

  • Received: 17 Jan 2018
  • Revised: 16 May 2018
  • Accepted: 19 Jun 2018
  • Available online: 30 Jun 2018


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