Globalization and industrialization of agriculture, together with the massive urbanization of metropolitan areas, have made increasingly fragile life contexts. The current pandemic is nothing but the patent outcome of an unsustainable urban model. One of the most critical nodes is that of food metabolism, governed by long networks linked to mass retailers. The resilient planning of the 21st century should provide for ways apt to reintroduce the issue of healthy and proximity food production in its strategies and actions. The article illustrates the project "Farming with the Arno. Riverside agricultural park" in the municipalities of Florence, Scandicci and Lastra a Signa. Through an intense participatory process, the project outlined the contours of a multifunctional agricultural park, to respond to the need for proximity to a new peri-urban rurality, helping at the same time identifying ways to resolve the criticalities of a highly urbanized context.
Keywords: urban bioregion, ruralisation, agricultural park, periurban, proximity, participation