This article proposes the observation of some territories which have not yet been fully investigated by urban studies, in particular those of the thermoelectric power stations involved in enel Futur-e project aimed at promoting the reuse of dismissed sites. Further elaborating the reports already provided by the research group of Politecnico di Milano in the frame of this project, the article reflects on the nature of the territories of power stations. This reflection is based on the observations and the notes taken during the field visits, and is supported by both theoretical references and empirical material, such as interviews. In conclusion, the article poses some questions on the topic of memory and on the way of transforming the knowledge built on the field into a heritage for the Futur-e project, and beyond.
Keywords: Thermoelectric power stations; territory; fieldwork