Coastal Cities and Landscapes


“Coastal Cities and Landscapes” research line focuses on the following topics:

– the city and the harbor;
– coastal landscapes and heritage;
– the morphological reconstruction of ‘informal’ coastal settlements.

After recognizing the geographical peculiarity of Apulian and Mediterranean coastal landscapes, the research line consists in elaborating transformative strategies capable of enhancing their value or rebuilding their settlement and landscape identity, which is still often undermined today.
Within urban contexts, the presence of water becomes an important resource for the redevelopment and transformation of port basins. By recognizing these areas as components of the city, the research intends to identify the transformation methods and techniques in order to set up new connections between urban and harbor spaces, re-interpreting the latter as ‘water squares’ and redeveloping the any abandoned buildings and infrastructures.
This theme finds its declination also outside the urban contexts, in relation to those natural landscapes characterized by the punctual emergence of isolated architectures (towers, lighthouses, monasteries, etc.), which are arranged in the conspicuous points of the coastal orography. Due to the topological relationships that link architectural forms to natural ones, the goal is to define compositional techniques for the project, intended as landscape restoration and architectural reuse and/or transformation.
Finally, this line of research tackles the issue of the morphological reconstruction of ‘informal’ coastal settlements. Through the critical-interpretative reading of the anthropic and geomorphological characters of these territories, the goal is to rethink their forms and redefine their structures, by recognizing the value of the natural elements in the construction of the urban sprawl. The research aims to strengthen natural places as identity places of these settlements and to reinforce the sense of the built parts as constitutive elements, together with natural emergencies, of the territorial structure.