Urban Heritage Regeneration in the Old Town of Ragusa (Italy): An Architecture-Centred Analysis-Valuation-Plan Pattern

  • Salvatore GiuffridaEmail author
  • Filippo Gagliano
  • Vittoria Ventura
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9157)


The old town of Ragusa is undertaking a regeneration process in some different directions. Its differently valued areas need to be comprised in a whole valorisation strategy, connecting the decision making process with functional and symbolic values. In such a multi-layered urban sub-system, the architectural unit can play the role of one of the main information/value units which the valuation/decision making pattern starts from. The pattern works as an impact assessment tool, that generates a great number of intervention strategies in order to maximize different and conflicting objectives, and provides for each of them an axiological profile aimed at defining a trade-off scheme between them. Some GIS tools and a WebGIS interface allow the real-time control of the different scenarios envisaged in the decision making process.


Old town valorisation Architectural values Equalization GIS spatial analysis Semiotic approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvatore Giuffrida
    • 1
    Email author
  • Filippo Gagliano
    • 1
  • Vittoria Ventura
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly

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