In the contemporary urban world, phenomena like sprawl, ambiguity and segregation seem to put our concept of the city to the test. If we assume that the city should be conceptually external to an urban notion that comes from these phenomena, we can say that the territory has an externalised side with respect to the city. It also has an essential bond, however, because of the environmental interdependence that characterises the quality of urban life. So our post-industrial culture evokes the territory as an area of freedom, not linked to the mythical notion of nature, but to its environmental dimension, as a critical weapon for fighting this densely urbanised and production-oriented moment in time. In this perspective, the territory represents a potential for small and medium-sized cities in low-density areas located in the territories outside impenetrable metropolises.
Keywords: Low-density cities; environmental schemes; intermediary space