Why is it that in Italy, but not only and not always, the infrastructures are unable to construct new aesthetic and social landscapes? Infrastructures, whether they are bridges, metropolitan or mainline railways, motorways or parking facilities, are often conceived as necessary objects, often imposed on an area either to be accepted or opposed. In this context of confrontation between sterile technicality, political myopia and what is often hard opposition to the new projects, the quality of the project, its civic value, its utility and beauty, its capacity to generate urbanity, development and connection, often fall into second place, except for some rare, and also recent, examples. The high-speed bridge at Reggio Emilia, the Minimetro at Perugia, the Barcelona ring road and the Naples metropolitan railway tell us of another way to design infrastructures. It is a demanding way but it is followed.
Keywords: Infrastrutture, Arte, sociale