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A Project for Bologna: the Staveco site from military citadel to university campus

Two Realities
There is an area of Bologna of some 9 hectares, half occupied by old buildings, the other half given over to natural greenery. It stands as a miraculous remnant, a perfect hinge between the old town and the hills just behind it. For 150 years, from 1796 to the Second World War, it was an out-of-bounds military precinct. More recently it has been eyed longingly by architects and engineers alike who have proposed a wide range of possible projects: a residential neighbourhood, a town park, new courts of justice and a university campus. Appetites were only whetted when it was known that the area was already settled as early as the 8th century B.C. as testified by the remains of a necropolis.
Bologna University goes back some 925 years. It’s the oldest establishment in the Western world and from the outset closely linked to the city that...

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