In the last seven years the waterfront of Syracuse has been subject to a series of specific intervention schemes aiming to enhance the functional-economical potentials of one of the most beautiful Mediterranean port cities. This plan originated from the more comprehensive program of restoration of the historic centre, Ortigia, located on a islet connected to the mainland by three bridges. The presence of two ports in the northern area of Ortigia, the smaller one in the East side and the larger one in the West side, makes the urban landscape unique. This is a prelude to major economic developments in the construction and in the real estate fields as well. The actions for the Grand Harbor renewal provide growth opportunities to the entire port district known as Borgo San Antonio. It stretches from the waterfront to the railway station and, despite its fine architecture, is generally neglected and underused. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the capability of this area to make its renewal process self-sustainable through the economic assessment of different hypothesis’. In fact, the area will take advantage from the positive externalities due to the enlargement of the pier for mooring two cruise ships, a marina, the maritime station, the renovation of existing historic buildings, and the “urban centre”. In order to turn the increase of the real estate value into social value, the interventions have been framed within an hypothetical Recovery Plan involving the entire Borgo; a computerized assessment model has been elaborated to compare costs, market values and architectural quality, represented and calculated on the base of the detailed analysis of the urban fabric. The model, using some automation processes, helps the planner to define the type of intervention for each building, and above all to identify areas where transformation actions carried on. Moreover, the model allows to formulate a set of alternative scenarios so that most effective ones may be chosen.

Renewal and conservation of the historic water front. Analysis, evaluation and project in the grand harbor area of Syracuse

GIUFFRIDA, Salvatore;
2012

Abstract

In the last seven years the waterfront of Syracuse has been subject to a series of specific intervention schemes aiming to enhance the functional-economical potentials of one of the most beautiful Mediterranean port cities. This plan originated from the more comprehensive program of restoration of the historic centre, Ortigia, located on a islet connected to the mainland by three bridges. The presence of two ports in the northern area of Ortigia, the smaller one in the East side and the larger one in the West side, makes the urban landscape unique. This is a prelude to major economic developments in the construction and in the real estate fields as well. The actions for the Grand Harbor renewal provide growth opportunities to the entire port district known as Borgo San Antonio. It stretches from the waterfront to the railway station and, despite its fine architecture, is generally neglected and underused. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the capability of this area to make its renewal process self-sustainable through the economic assessment of different hypothesis’. In fact, the area will take advantage from the positive externalities due to the enlargement of the pier for mooring two cruise ships, a marina, the maritime station, the renovation of existing historic buildings, and the “urban centre”. In order to turn the increase of the real estate value into social value, the interventions have been framed within an hypothetical Recovery Plan involving the entire Borgo; a computerized assessment model has been elaborated to compare costs, market values and architectural quality, represented and calculated on the base of the detailed analysis of the urban fabric. The model, using some automation processes, helps the planner to define the type of intervention for each building, and above all to identify areas where transformation actions carried on. Moreover, the model allows to formulate a set of alternative scenarios so that most effective ones may be chosen.
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