Re-qualification and re-use are processes referred to the "formation of new, to reproduce" and in particular to the "process that restores a previous condition of dignity, glory, great-ness, returns initial properties"; it becomes a scenario of action based on the commonality with other disciplines, most notably sociology. The field of action is the existing buildings that was constructed through the overlap of cultures, native also: to restore what Salvatore Settis called the sick man: the Italian building heritage. The concept of re-qualification also includes the idea of continuity, to prolong the useful life of an asset or urban building, by returning the values lost in time. It means, above all, restore the quality of urban life and social relationships that define a built environment. Re-qualification process put into play the user requests, to involve them in decision-making, to share and discuss with them the architectural and redevelopment choices. This is not to be sub-jugated by the will of the users but use their experience, their knowledge of the place as a living space for the defi-nition of the scenarios project. The task of re-qualification is to improve the quality of the urban environment and return to the place its identity, restore a lost soul in time, through forms of association and social experimentation, areas of innovation and research. In this sense, the project intervention productions a decisive role in the process of developing a strategy: you have to work for projects, to identify local factors, for the decay of urban quality. The case study is a large area around Ragalna, an interesting town in the foothills of Etna, a place rich in tradition and rural buildings of cultural and artisan value, such as the millstones, factories where wine was produced. It is a wide area that contains more than thirty palmenti, built between the nineteenth and twentieth century, around woods or in the town. The palmenti, made of lava stone and mixed masonry, are evidence of a rich and wide productive past, made of places where quality wine was produced and shipped abroad. The research aims to identify retraining strategies for a policy of re-qualification of the area, for tourism purposes, for the improvement of the built, linked to the recovery of buildings and spaces. It is considered essential to preserve these unique testimonies of a very interesting and particular productive past, in a climatically, culturally and historically rich area of attractors.
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