The Directorate-General has promoted, coordinated and implemented an investigation of 9 metropolitan cities in Italy (Bari, Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Reggio Calabria, Turin, Venice). The results of this analysis offer an entirely new reading of peripheral areas that provides a new and necessary starting point for any new actions. This study produced the Atlas of Functional Metropolitan Peripheries, with a forthcoming edition on the metropolitan area of Rome. A first step toward the monitoring of the Italian territory, this method of study is the result of actions of surveying and the elaboration of consistent data. This tool explores the level of activities and services available to citizens in the various areas of the metropolitan territories examined by the study.
The Atlas was created and produced to respond to a concrete vision supported by the Directorate, which begins with an analysis of the needs of the territory and investigates the necessity not only to improve the quality of the built environment, but also to offer citizens spaces and services with a positive impact on their lives. The work is thus focused on understanding the territory, beginning above all with its cultural uses, accompanied by more traditional indicators such as physical deterioration and social malaise.What is more, it may serve as a very useful tool of analysis for policy makers, as it provides the possibility to recognise and distinguish between the variety of so-called “non places”, marked by the total absence of any services for citizens, or with a highly mono-functional connotation. In addition, it also allows for the detailed identification, at the minimum level of territorial unity, of functional categories with the greatest shortcomings. This also allows for the identification of activities to be preferred by policies created to promote the rebalancing of the functions offered by the city.