Ecological development of the San Rocco quarter. Faenza. Italy

By News Editor / Updated: 02 Sep 2014

San Rocco is an ecological quarter constituted by 13 built blocks and about 400 housings. Faenza municipality owns the area (84.454 mq). The project is financed by Ministry of Infrastructures and by Emilia Romagna Region with “Quarter agreements II” program - law 8/2/2001 n°21.

Background & Objectives


Requalification of an existing quarter realized in years '70, by public areas and bicycle and pedestrian paths equipment.
Quarter of quality construction, on an area of municipal property, with elevated standards and green belt. Buildings have kept down prices, in order to guarantee social requirements. San Rocco is a residential quarter, but it is also multifunctional.
The urbanization is based on the most modern principles of sustainable urban planning:



  • a dense typological aggregation, with wiggly conformation. The quarter has a system of public squares and spaces based on contemporary vision of city historical centre
  • an external driveway mobility, a ring way, equipped with spaces and bicycle paths for city connection
  • a great pedestrian public court bordered by houses. It is a meeting point for San Rocco inhabitants.


San Rocco is a sustainable quarter in term of:
mobility: it is planned in order to guarantee accessibility to public and private spaces without architectonic obstacles. Pedestrians paths for inner mobility and for the connection with Faenza centre and with Canale Naviglio public linear park are realized.
These are bicycle and pedestrian paths and they are distinguished, separated and protected from vehicle paths. They have protected crosswalks. A great pedestrian court has been planned, with no cars.
architectonic and urban planning: various building typology have been used in order to avoid the loss of identity generated by a quarter that proposes buildings blocks with a rigid and repeated system. The building blocks are connected by public pedestrian spaces
water rational management: meteoric waters are stored in cisterns inside private sites and they are recycled for irrigation. Rain-waters are collected in tanks placed in the green belt. In case of exceptional atmospheric events the tanks gradually realise water in a draining system.
energy: there are technological systems and measures for energetic saving in order to reduce energy consumption in the buildings. There are photovoltaic structures for the feeding of the public lighting quarter system, in the pedestrian court.




Planning process:
1998 - Operative Organization Scheme
1999 - buying area by an urban agreement
2001 - Detailed Plan of public initiative
2003 - Definitive project - 1° extract
2005 - carrying out way and allocation criteria
2006 - Definitive Project of urbanization actions: call for bird for 9 blocks allocation 9 building blocks allocation
2007 - Executive Project about urbanization actions and first 2 blocks
2008 - Works start

Partners involved:



  • Faenza Municipality
  • Hera S.p.A.






The conclusion of the project was a contemporary interpretation of the historic district of the city, featuring more innovative solutions on the sustainability front, including: mid-high density, a contiguous urban aggregation generated by a succession of squares and gardens, a mixture of compatible functions, the quality of public spaces, the presence of works of art, and the barring of automobiles from the central square of the quarter. Upon conclusion of the project, indicators of specific efficiencies (thermal energy, electricity, the consumption of drinking water, the quantity of gardens and community meeting spaces, density) that could be monitored over time were taken as references, therefore making it possible to replicate the experience in the territory. The main sustainability requirements of this new eco-quarter are expected to yield a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions over a traditional quarter.




Urban mobility planning
Ennio Nonni
Alexio Picco
networks and interchanges
multi-functional area
sustainable urban design
sustainable urban mobility plans
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06 Nov 2007
02 Sep 2014