The rules of historical towns for sustainable urban development
Elvira Petroncelli, CIVVIH
Historical towns are often expression of spontaneous growth and self-regulation forms. Reading them should help us to define choices and actions to be pursued today in a view of sustainability. Understanding the lesson given to us by history could mean to capture principles and logics to stop the processes of resources impoverishment and to increase the accumulated values. Reconsideration of communities and forms of stimulation may allow us to support the indefeasibility, for future generation, to lever on socio-cultural resources also and to put historical heritage in a privileged perspective. It is very important to start again from the human component, from its way of being, seeking answers to its needs and the way it acts. It means to recognize local identity as an organization form capable of further enhancement.