Awareness of the need to regenerate rundown urban areas has become increasingly more widespread and generally accepted since the 1990s. To take action in this type of area not only avoids expansion onto extra urban land, but also makes it possible to reuse existing services and infrastructures and to avoid wasting social and environmental values, by using economic resources to co-ordinate quality, density and mobility consistent with sustainable development. A group of lecturers, PhD graduates and PhD students from eight departments of Italian faculties of architecture, advance the proposal to experiment with methods and strategies to regenerate public sector residential housing estates in Italy since the war until the 1980s through a case study on the Tor Bella Monaca neighbourhood in Rome. Two issues were studied in particular detail: the formulation of a new land use plan and the renovation of buildings.
Keywords: Regeneration; land use planning; building renovation