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‘Urban campus’ wins chance to bring regeneration to Rome

The area around Tuscolana railway station in Rome

A new urban regeneration project will transform a long-neglected area of Rome, creating a new sustainable mixed-use neighbourhood.

Campo Urbano, or “urban campus” has just been chosen as the winning project in the Reinventing Cities international competition to transform the site around Tuscolana railway station in the Italian capital.

The Campo Urbano project, created by an interdisciplinary team led by Fresia RE, a Rome-based real estate management company, will turn 45,000 sq m of disused railway land near the centre of Rome into a “campus, not a business park”, the group said in a statenment, “a truly mixed-use neighbourhood” with flexible offices but also multifunctional spaces, housing, student accommodation, retail spaces and labs.

The entire area will be car-free and is inspired by the 15-minute city model, a new neighbourhood with all the infrastructure and amenities needed for people to work, live and socialise. It will be a green and sustainable area powered by renewable energy.

Vision to give city a soul bets on circular economy and sustainability

It is intended as “a vision for an area of Rome in search of a new identity which bets on the themes of the circular economy, sustainability and the enhancement of existing buildings”, said the Fresia-led consortium. “Functions and services will be integrated and public spaces will relate to private spaces, giving the city a soul”.

A CGI of the planned development.

FS, the Italian State railway, owns the site and together with Roma Capitale, the local authority, chose the winning project from a large number of international entries. The Reinventing Cities competition was organised by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership group that promotes sustainable urban regeneration.

Campo urbano is also part of the “green ring”, a series of public spaces and new services that run along the railway ring between the Trastevere area and Tiburtina station.

Tuscolana is the first of five planned projects to regenerate areas around disused railways yards in Rome. Similar projects, such as the transformation of the Bovisa and Porta Romana areas, have already been successfully launched in Milan.

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