The Directorate-General has promoted, coordinated and implemented the final phase of its analysis of functional Italian peripheries, dedicated to the metropolitan area of Rome.
The research examines and quantifies the availability of activities and services offered to citizens in the arenas of culture, development and territorial renewal, social, healthcare, commercial activities and tourism. This initiative is part of a vaster research programme that, through exercises of mapping and info-graphics, will offer information about metropolitan peripheries with the objective of promoting their development and renewal. Similar research has already been made and published for a total of nine metropolitan cities (Bari, Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Reggio Calabria, Turin, Venice).
Three case studies were examined in Rome: Tufello, Tor Sapienza and Parco Leonardo, through field studies and micro-sociological and urban observations.
Beginning with the notion of the “city effect”, the research unfolds in four phases: an initial phase of investigation, concentrated on identifying the offering of functions and services in the area of study, based on a quantitative approach. The second phase involved a specific mapping of functionally peripheral forms. In this case, a quali-quantitative approach was used to construct indicators linked to services offered to citizens to define a “minimum” level of concentration of the indicators able to produce the “city effect”. This was followed by the definition of the variable of intensity in relation to three essential factors: absence, presence and distance.
The third phase proposed an investigation of three case studies, representing different levels of urban development. They serve to define the range in which to position areas that have not been studied in detail.