Sapone / Precision Wildland

Precision Wildland Designing Third Landscape within the Smart City

Author: Sara Anna Sapone, PhD Candidate, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Sara Protasoni, Prof., DENG, Politecnico di Milano; Emilia Corradi, Prof., DAStU, Politecnico di Milano; Michela Longo, Prof., DENG, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: Intermediate doctoral stage

Category: Paper


In the context of a Smart City, shifting from its traditional narrative, technology may be intertwined with nature to preserve biodiversity and manage the reclamation of the abandoned spaces, where spontaneous nature thrives. To do so is proposed the concept of Precision Wildland, thus similarly to what is done with precision agriculture, the informal landscape is mapped, managed, and emphasized through design and digital technologies.

Building upon its ecological and aesthetic potentialities, the goal is to create the condition for the coexistence between natural and artificial as driver for reclamation processes. The research strives to propose a methodology to acknowledge the potential of this instable and fragile lands and manage it through the Smart city tools. The objective is to formulate a project/process to drive the transformation of abandoned sites including, from the initial stages, the consideration for the biological processes created by the preexistent spontaneous nature and allow the fruition of the area from the beginning. The aim is to propose different possible approaches that enforce variable level of intervention, depending on the formal, usage and security needs. From the controlled environment to the untamed wilderness.

Keywords: Smart city, Informal landscape, Railway yards