Andrea Govi, Antonio La Marca, Giuseppe Rivatta, Francesca Scarpati

The great Pineta of Classe is clearly the protagonist of an area that has been man-made for many centuries: a system that has had different functions and a different relationship with man in every century: from wood production and farming functions, to military and touristic use in the last century.  On 10 July 2019 a storm destroys part of the pine forest, showing the fragility and criticalities of a system considered by many to be intrinsic to Milano Marittima. However, the area affected by the event has not been natural for more than two millennia. Several human works transformed the areas, first the salt pans, then the pine forest and agricultural fields.

Today the space dedicated to the pine forest can have a new function, a new relationship can be built between humans and this green area. Climate change shows us how the most current need is to preserve the planet and its most fragile places, to protect the climate and reconstitute ecosystems. The landscape has not only a productive or aesthetic value but can instead become an element of protection of the environment and consequently of man. This is why the Pinewood once again becomes a system at the service of man, this time its role will be to protect the territory, it will be the grafting of a large natural space that can restore biodiversity and nature to an artificial place. We therefore propose that the Bassona Park go back to being a natural place, where the pine forest is partially restored, for historical memory. However, since it is no longer necessary for human subsistence, it will be able to leave room for other plant species, which can protect the soils and the pine forest itself, making it more varied and resistant to the climate. The new park will be an open system, a graft that will expand in the future, breathing and living in harmony with the city. The Bassona Park is a natural gradient that takes place within artificial systems, the garden city and the coast on one side, the fields on the other.