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through which citizens can participate directly to change services and the
urban fabric; and the rethinking of open spaces, environmental, infrastruc-
ture, and settlement networks, as well as elements capable of contributing
to reinforcing the identity of the contemporary city. In such a setting, slow
paths can become the means for new scenarios to transform undefined
spaces generated by the contemporary city, based on new design views of
“networks and their interaction with the landscape” [6]. They cross spaces
of different natures and scales: interstitial areas between built-up zones,
residual spaces amid the networks, places in the local memory, borders of
the still-farmed countryside; but also the edges of environmental corridors,
waste or reuse areas, as well as new large technological parks. Their spa-
tial-temporal dimension constitutes a connective armor, both physical and
symbolic, that links cities and territories through spatial and anthropologi-
cal relationships.
In the study of relationships between “naturality,” “rurality,” and
“urbanity,” characteristics peculiar to the reticular city, one can identify
with the “ environmental question as a potent antidote to the fragmentation
of the territory ” [7]. In addition to understanding the sense of the new mul-
tifunctional “ environmental infrastructure ”, an understanding of the
interactions between environmental networks and transformative dynamics
of the city can open new doors to lend quality to the urban project.
The innovative conception of “slow paths” in a view of the reticular city
can be a tool to deal with new spaces in the contemporary city, enrich them
with a variety of uses and meanings, strengthen the link of belonging
between inhabitants and places of everyday life, reduce degraded and aban-
doned areas, recover spaces that are usable on the human scale, and consid-
er in an integrated way the complex of resources offered by the city.
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