The Historic Centre of Vimercate: Investigation, Education, Community Involvement

  • Stefano Della TorreEmail author
  • Rossella Moioli
  • Lorenzo Cantini
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 961)


In the last three years multidisciplinary investigations have been carried out on a number of historic buildings in the town of Vimercate, near Milan, whose origins date back to the times of the Romans. The red ribbon that ties together all the analyses, carried out in the frame of university courses, is the continuity of the layered structures and the slow evolution of building techniques.

Beyond the interest of some new achievements in history of architecture, as it is the case for the medieval S. Antonio’s church and the baroque Trotti Palace, the main value of these activities has been a transfer of knowledge to trigger a changing attitude in preservation and planning policies.

In the last decades, the local Municipality did not put the preservation and valorization of built heritage as a leverage for development and quality of life. History was felt just as a burden. Therefore, relevant knowledge was just frozen in old sentences, as if research and innovation had no role in the development of the local community.

The organization of activities with schools, associations and people tried to disseminate curiosity and awareness. Some of the activities were also framed in granted projects on preventive conservation. The first tangible outputs have been observed both in the recognition of values in urban regeneration projects, e.g. in the area of the former hospital, and in the principles adopted for the future urban plan.

The implementation of multidisciplinary technologies proved to be effective in feeding communication and developing audience. The learning experience in the realm of real processes proved to be effective in improving students’ attitudes.


Diagnostic techniques Heritage education Community involvement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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