Soil and Water as Resources: How Landscape Architecture Reclaims Hydric Contaminated Soil for Public Uses in Urban Settlements


Abstract: Soil is one of the fundamental components for life on Earth, but today, as a consequence of
humans’ unsustainable actions, soil is polluted, distressed and spoiled. In contemporary practice
design, we recognize the importance of the soil quality to structure new discourses in landscape
practice. The central role in this process is undoubtedly played by the value a healthy soil has for the
community and for the environment. The strategic design of wet and hydric landscapes is certainly an
essential aspect for the regular and exceptional management of the e ects produced by pollution and
climate change. The research develops the soil as a key subject in the landscape design, specifically in
hydric environments where water represents an important factor. The essay is divided into three
parts: resources and opportunities of disturbed wet soil, successfully built public space where soil
remediation transformed heavy polluted industrial urban sites in fertile public ecosystems within the
dense urban structures, and soil design as a domain of urban resilience. The landscape project as an
integrated project has spread the seeds of a new approach to the consideration of the contemporary
city in an ecological manner.