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PICCOLO MANUALE SUL FITORIMEDIO
(Brief Handbook of Phytoremediation)
by Anna Merci, Laura Mazzei, Nicola Di Croce, tutored by Raul Pantaleo, in collaboration with Luca Marchiol and Guido Fellet

The theme of common assets and the related reuse of the many unused open spaces in the area brings G124 group’s attention to the environmental issue, and to the consequences of Porto Marghera’s pollution on the public and private land closest to the residential area. In order to create environmental awareness and to spread the message that eco-compatible regeneration is possible and accessible to all groups within the population, G124 has joined together with the University of Udine to begin research on soil reclamation technologies through the use of specific plants and shrubs with characteristics that are compatible with the types of soil in Marghera. As a manifesto of participatory management of the area, a garden (the Phytoremediation Garden) has already been created on a public site in the south of Marghera to illustrate the various types and applications of phytoremediation technology. The desire to use the garden to involve residents in a shared experience of developing environmental awareness has led G124 to establish a close relationship with Marghera’s F. Grimani Comprehensve School: the school curriculum includes an approved educational project related to environmental education, focusing on the theme of sustainable repair and the technology of phytoremediation. The idea of restoring soil quality begins with the involvement of the younger generations, aware that through them a process of shared responsibility may be stimulated that will eventually include all the residents. The desire to share these ideas eventually led to the creation of a Brief Handbook of Phytoremediation, which G124 group has used to increase the range of its interested public, and to inform residents about the hazards of soil contaminated by industrial processes. The handbook represents a course of action prompted by the constant objective of sharing the need to stimulate local residents’ interest in caring for neglected and degraded green areas, both public and private.

 

Bio Anna Merci Founder at Anna Merci Architecture, postgraduate Degree in Architecture at IUAV, in 2010 she received her masters degree in Sustainable Urban Design, and in 2013 she won the NIB Landscape Prize, which selects the top ten young Italian architects.
 Member of Renzo Piano G124, the Senator’s working group on Italian suburbs. Experienced works on various scales, from temporary installations to urban regeneration, she has developed a distinctive approach driven by the conviction that architecture represents a crucial means to interrogate on social, economic, and political phenomena. She believes that good architectural design is inspired from the surrounding environment, her projects reflect the spirit of the place, its specific character and quality. In 2018 she won the Arquine International Competition for the MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion 2018 in Mexico City, now permanently reconstructed and included in the best Mexican Architecture of the XXI Century. She is currently working with cor arquitectos on “Follow Me!”, an 33.180 square meters acheological urban park in the historical context of Canosa di Puglia, Italy. Laura Mazzei Born in Ferrara in 1983, Laura graduated in architecture from the University of Ferrara after a year of studies at the École d’Architecture et Paysage in Bordeaux. Her main work is in environmental planning and land use. She attended the IUAV Venice course entitled Local Participatory Action and Sustainable Urban Development, focusing on urban regeneration issues. She has won competitions on ideas, as well as architectural prizes, among them the Innovation and Urban Quality prize and the Agritecture and Landscape Award, with interventions focused on urban and landscape renewal. Nicola Di Croce Architect, researcher, musician and sound artist, Nicola was born in Potenza in 1986. His research focuses on the relationship between the sound environment and city and regional planning, urban renewal processes, and the multiple paths of local development that can be initiated through social inclusion and participatory practices. A doctor of research in Regional Planning and Public Policies at the IUAV in Venice, Nicola graduated in architecture from the University of Ferrara and has worked in China with the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design.

2016, Softcover, 148x210mm, 85 pages

Title PICCOLO MANUALE SUL FITORIMEDIO (Brief Handbook of Phytoremediation)
Authors Anna Merci, Laura Mazzei, Nicola Di Croce. Tutor: Raul Pantaleo. In collaboration with Udine University Professor Luca Marchiol and Guido Fellet