Futuro Remoto – Cooperare per ri-generare, 8-11 Novembre

Futuro Remoto – Cooperare per ri-generare, 8-11 Novembre

Fino all’11 novembre alla Città della Scienza di Napoli si terrà la 32esima edizione di Futuro Remoto, una festa della scienza per la diffusione della cultura scientifica e tecnologica ormai famosa in tutta Italia.

La manifestazione di quest’anno è dedicata al “ri-generare”, al “mettere in circolo”, secondo un modello circolare di economia sostenibile. Le aree tematiche sono: aerospazio, agrifood, chimica verde, fabbrica intelligente, mezzi e sistemi per la mobilità, scienza della vita, ambienti di vita, smart communities, un mare di risorse, patrimonio culturale, design creatività Made in Italy, energia.

Riprendendo il tema generale della manifestazione, LegaCoop e Coopfond hanno organizzato dei laboratori e seminari con il titolo “Cooperare per ri-generare”.

Christian Iaione, Professore di diritto urbanistico LUISS Guido Carli e co-direttore
di LabGov interviene oggi nel panel intitolato “Comunità – bene comune delle periferie urbane e delle aree interne”, presentando il Progetto cooperativa di comunità Centocelle di Roma.

“Il workshop intende verificare come nelle periferie urbane, nelle aree interne e nei borghi storici sia possibile – attraverso azioni urbanistiche, sociali ed economiche – sviluppare percorsi di rigenerazione delle comunità attraverso attività stabili ed economicamente sostenibili. Si tratta di: superare situazioni di disagio sociale nelle periferie degradate delle città più grandi, riappropriandosi di spazi e beni comuni, ricostruendo un’identità e una consapevolezza di essere comunità; di rompere l’isolamento dei piccoli centri delle aree interne rigenerando opportunità economiche sostenibili e rivitalizzando i servizi a fronte della presenza di un’identità forte e condivisa; di valorizzare i piccoli borghi sfruttando il patrimonio storico, culturale e paesaggistico di cui sono dotati. Nel far ciò si devono promuovere le reti sociali, sviluppare una progettazione urbana che, partendo dalle aspirazioni degli abitanti, sia fonte di generazione del valore e di inclusione sociale. La cooperazione di comunità e quella tra abitanti – anche con l’apporto di urbanisti, sociologi, economisti – intendono sviluppare un partenariato pubblico-privato per la realizzazione di progettualità urbanistiche, abitative, nei servizi e nella cultura che attivino nuove forme di community welfare e rigenerazione del territorio.”

 

 

Festival della Partecipazione, L’Aquila 11-14 ottobre

Festival della Partecipazione, L’Aquila 11-14 ottobre

Il “Festival della Partecipazione”, promosso da ActionAid Italia e Cittadinanzattiva in collaborazione con Slow Food Italia e il Comune de L’Aquila è una quattro giorni di laboratori, conferenze, dibattiti e concerti, una fabbrica di idee per costruire le nuove forme della politica, dell’attivismo e della cittadinanza.

L’edizione 2018 si svolgerà dall’11 al 14 ottobre e ha lo scopo di proporre e approfondire un approccio fattuale, articolato e critico alla partecipazione democratica dei cittadini. Attraverso dibattiti, incontri, laboratori e concerti il festival mira a riflettere sullo stato della partecipazione democratica in Italia e in Europa.

Christian Iaione, co-fondatore di LabGov, interverrà all’Auditorium del Parco Sabato 13 ottobre nel panel intitolato “Aree interne e periferie urbane: vivere ai margini e riprendersi il futuro”. 

Il dibattito si concentrerà sulle aree interne del territorio italiano, provate dalla carenza di servizi negli ambiti di scuola, sanità e mobilità e dall’indebolimento demografico che le contraddistingue.

Il Festival è un luogo aperto a cittadini comuni, alle comunità degli aquilani e degli abruzzesi e sempre più a interlocutori ed esperti internazionali, ma anche a organizzazioni ed esperienze di attivismo civico, a interlocutori e partner pubblici e privati della partecipazione civica, ai media tradizionali e ai nuovi media, ai mondi della ricerca, della cultura e dell’arte. Non si tratta di un pubblico, ma di un insieme di partecipanti con l’occasione di scambiare e discutere informazioni, prodotti, idee ed esperienze.

La scelta de L’Aquila ha un forte significato simbolico: la città sta attraversando un complesso percorso di ricostruzione urbana e civica e crediamo che questo Festival possa essere un catalizzatore concreto di partecipazione al cambiamento.

Per più informazioni visitare il sito del Festival http://www.festivaldellapartecipazione.org/

The City, the Commons, the Flower

The City, the Commons, the Flower

di Miguel Martinez

 

Today June 7th, a small event, highly symbolic however for all of Europe’s historic centres being turned into Disneylands for tourism, will take place in Florence, when the children of the Oltrarno district will plant forty rhizomes of iris about one hundred metres from the Brancacci Chapel, where Masaccio unwittingly unleashed the Renaissance (and also painted an extraordinary allegory of the Commons).

Whatever is bureaucratic and artificial, is easy to understand. Whatever is real is unique and complex, so it will take some explaining, but the fun lies precisely in putting the strands together.

The first strand lies just behind the Carmine church, in Florence’s Oltrarno district: a garden hidden behind a high wall called the “Nidiaci”, a gift by the American Red Cross, in 1920 to the children of what was then the poorest district of the city, riddled with TBC and crime, yet the scene of extraordinary human passions and solidarity.

Today the inhabitants of the centre of Florence are being driven out by an Airbnb economy based on evictions, empty houses, craftsmen overwhelmed by taxes losing their workplaces to pubs.

Flats are filled by people who have no contact with the area they sleep in for a night or two, while bartenders and cooks – largely from remote parts of the world – commute every night for miles, to reach their zoned homes, leaving a trail of burnt fossil fuel behind them.

Metaphorically, we could say that a certain number of Florentines make money by gluing their ancestors’ bones to clothes hangers and putting them up in their shop windows. As an exceptionally kind hearted landowner put it to a single mother and her child before evicting them, “I’m so sorry, but if you leave, I can earn 90 euros a night from this flat!”

To make way for tourists yearning to see the “Oltrarno, district of craftsmen”, the last shoemaker was evicted too: he held out bravely for several months in his tiny shop, with no running water, before finally leaving the city.

The hidden Nidiaci garden has become a rallying point for old and new residents – Florentine carpenters and bakers alongside Macedonian hotel cleaners, Egyptian pizza cooks and Irish artists – who keep it open as a Commons: arts, music, crafts, a vegetable garden, a football school, set up by the legendary Lebowski team (the only soccer club owned by fans in Italy) and guided tours for local children, to remind them that they are the guardians of the rich history of Florence, wherever their parents may have been born.

Children’s concert at the Nidiaci

 

The second strand concerns the name of Florence, supposedly derived from the Latin flos, “flower”: a city founded, according to legend, during the Roman festival of Floralia, an image which immediately brings to mind Flora in Botticelli’s Primavera, so beautifully thinned out in Evelyn De Morgan’s painting Flora, sold to a Scottish patron.


Evelyn De Morgan, Flora

 

On the bottom right of the painting, the small tag, written in rhymed medieval Italian, says,

“I come down from Florence and am Flora,

This city takes its name from flower

Among the flowers I was born and now by a change of home

I have my dwelling among the mountains of Scotia

Welcome me, and let my treasure amid northern mists be dear to you.”

 

The heraldic symbol of the city-state of Florence, since before Dante, has always been the fleur-de-lys, as it appears on the town banners. Here you can see it in one of those ambiguous events where true Florentines wear, with enormous commitment, authentically fake Renaissance costumes, partly to attract tourists, but mainly because they have a tremendous desire to express a deeply felt identity.

 

People all over Italy do similar things, like the Chivalry Joust of Sulmona, which has no spectators because nearly everybody in town is an actor and nobody knows where Sulmona is.

The fleur-de-lys of Florence is actually an iris, the humble giaggiolo which until not so many years ago used to grow everywhere along the banks of the Arno, but has now nearly disappeared.

 

Next to Piazzale Michelangelo, where tourists enjoy a splendid view over the city, there is another little known garden, kept open only a few weeks a year by a group of enthusiasts and dedicated exclusively to the iris.

The third strand is the University of Florence, where Professor Stefano Mancuso has opened a new field of research, that of plant sensitivity, establishing the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology.

Mancuso is also the inventor of the fascinating and somewhat frightening Jellyfish Barge, a kind of Noah’s Ark to help us survive the Anthropocene we have created.

Right now, probably the most prominent cultural event in town is an unlikely experiment set up by Mancuso and a German artist, in the courtyard of the Renaissance Palazzo Strozzi, on the relations between plant and human psychology.

 

The Florence Experiment is a research project where visitors slide down a structure from a height of 20 metres; their emotional reactions will be recorded and compared with those of plants to examine the empathetic possibilities between humans and plant organisms.

 

 

The issue of relations between plants and us, is of course enormous, quite simply because without plants, we would cease to exist; and our future therefore depends on how we relate to them.

This takes us to the fourth strand. Professor Mancuso has launched an interdisciplinary master’s degree, called “Plant Future” – Futuro Vegetale, – bringing together scholars from very different fields (biology, sociology, architecture, political science) who are seeking a way out of the suicidal course we are currently engaged in.

Then there is the fifth strand, Florence’s Calcio fiorentino, a no-holds-barred form of football developed in Florence in Renaissance times, played between the four historic districts of the old part of Florence,

Though it is a rediscovered tradition (dating back to the 1930s), it is firmly rooted in local culture, and is the strongest source of identity of the Oltrarno district, which is of the “White” colour, and where a hardy group of unpaid bar keepers, electricians and carpenters risk their lives every year for this match dedicated to Saint John, the city patron.

 

The official matches are a municipal institution, so fans and players have set up an independent organisation, recreating the fourteenth-century fraternity of the “Whites”, the Compagnia dei Bianchi, one of the countless lively community organisations of medieval Italy, to develop local solidarity and help the countless people whose very survival is in doubt in these hard times.

The scholars of Plant Future decided that the most symbolic place in all Florence to launch a new idea of how to found a city was the Nidiaci garden, its plants, trees and human community.

The first irises would be there, then they would be gradually planted wherever people took care of community gardens.

So they went to the Iris Garden, where the organisers immediately understood, and gave forty of their best rhizomes, kept for international competitions, to plant in the Nidiaci, recreating the original Florentia or flowering.

The minute beginning of a renewal of a whole city, based on commoning.

The Plant Future scholars came over to visit the garden.

An Albanian mother, who sells shirts in the market at San Lorenzo and teaches the children how to grow tomatoes and melons in the Nidiaci garden, decided where the rhizomes should be planted.

Then the organisers got in touch with the Compagnia dei Bianchi, because it was fundamental for them to be present in such a special moment.

All of this is very small, and very concentrated.

And smallness, and concentration, is exactly what we all need.

As Rising Appalachia put it,

Stand up, look around and then scale that down too!”

 

 

Experimenting Civic Collaboration between commons in the South East of Rome

Experimenting Civic Collaboration between commons in the South East of Rome

On Saturday, May 5th, the South East Co-District of Rome has been crossed by Civic Collaboration, urban redevelopment and co-governance of urban commons paths in a whole day full of activities, meetings, debates that has been organized by LabGov in the context of the Co-Rome, in collaboration with V Municipio, ENEA, LUISS University, Comunità Parco Pubblico di Centocelle and several organizations and associations from the district

An itinerant community made of students, academics, stakeholders and active citizens started its path from Parco degli Acquedotti, in Don Bosco neighborhood, to reach Torre Spaccata where, in the green area next to Biblioteca Rugantino, the labgovers and students from the master degree in Landscape Architecture of La Sapienza University inaugurated the third satellite of LUISS’ community garden #OrtoLUISS.

An horticulture lab, the valorization of urban vertical gardens an of “in-the-box” gardens and thoughts on the importance of concrete experimentations of circular economy enriched a morning where people of every age shared a new contact with public and natural spaces of the district

In this direction, the third step of the day was in the permaculture project oh Municipio V “Il sogno trasformato”, that consented to the participants to visit Parco Giorgio de Chirico, in Tor Sapienza neighborhood, and to discuss on how public institutions and communities can try together to look for solutions for environmental redevelopment and social re-activation of those territories where urban inequalities are much stronger.

The rain didn’t stop the seek for experimentation and collaboration, and the participants continued their path in the library “L’ora di libertà”, where they first admired the exhibition “100 piccoli volti di Centocelle” by Giorgia Capatano, and where they then sat down to discuss together the future of Centocelle district

Representatives of ENEA’s #fuTure and Centoc’è labs presented their new ideas to design and manage together the territory while ensuring environmental and social sustainability.

At the end of the day, at FusoLab 2.0, the last emotional step of the day with Valentina Correani sharing with Silvio Bruno (President of Centocelle Neighborhood’s Committee) and Vinceno Luciano (Director of Abitarearoma) stories and poems on the history and the beauties of urban suburbs, starting from the South East of Rome. During the evening the short film by Myrice Tansini “La Prima Volta“, starring Mario Caldaro (beloved honorary member of the Comunità Parco Pubblico di Centocelle) was shown to the move public.

And then: party and music! The musical event #RomaSudfEst was opened by the young Coro Cantering, who sang several folk songs from Italy and Europe (and Rome, of course), and continued with a space all dedicated to #Orto17 with three young roman songwriters, Emilio Stella, Gianmarco Dottori and Andrea D’Apolito, that shared an hymn to the Rome that we hope to be able to build together.

Save the Date: ultimo modulo di EDU@LabGov 2017/2018

Save the Date: ultimo modulo di EDU@LabGov 2017/2018

Nella giornata del 20 aprile, dalle ore 16:00 alle ore 19:00, si terrà il workshop conclusivo del Laboratorio della clinica urbana EDU@LabGov di questo anno: tanti saranno gli ospiti e tante le idee in circolazione. L’incontro sarà strutturato seguendo le modalità di svolgimento di un BarCamp, ovvero di una conferenza non conferenza, durante la quale prenderanno la parola diversi attori per alimentare un dibattito sui temi attualissimi dell’impresa di comunità e dell’agricoltura urbana.

La prima parte dell’incontro sarà dedicata all’analisi del concetto di impresa di comunità e del settore comunità in Italia, attraverso una comparazione con il mondo anglosassone, a partire dalla presentazione dell’ebook “Local Italy. I domini del settore comunità in Italia”, redatto dal dott. Luca Tricarico in collaborazione con il dott. Flaviano Zandonai ed edito dalla Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.

Successivamente, l’attenzione si sposterà sul tema dell’agricoltura urbana e di come gli orti urbani di comunità possano trasformarsi in forme embrionali di imprese di comunità. Per fare ciò abbiamo invitato le associazioni che gestiscono orti urbani nella città di Roma come l’Associazione Orti Urbani Tre Fontane, l’Associazione “Vivere in” ONLUS di Casal Brunori, l’Associazione “100 e a capo”, l’Associazione Valerio Daniel De Simoni e importanti esperti nel settore tra i quali

  • Claudio Bordi, coordinatore del progetto europeo URBACT RURAL di Roma Capitale e Risorse per Roma sugli orti urbani,
  • la prof.ssa Alessandra Battisti dell’Università La Sapienza di Roma, che ha portato avanti un progetto simile a Bastogi,
  • la dott.ssa Barbara Invernizzi, agronomo e paesaggista ideatrice di SFIDE, il progetto sugli orti nel carcere di Rebibbia,
  • Patrizia Tomasich e Anna Codazzi di EXPLORA – Il Museo dei Bambini di Roma, che sta lanciando un progetto dedicato agli orti didattici,
  • la dott.ssa Brunella Bonito, Responsabile dell’Ufficio Studi e Valutazione della Luiss Guido Carli, che sta curando la valutazione d’impatto dell’Orto LUISS.

L’incontro è volto a costruire una progettualità più ampia attorno a queste buone pratiche al fine di promuovere lo sviluppo urbano sostenibile e nuovi modelli di governance e di economia.

La chiusura dei lavori di questo ultimo modulo avverrà con il co-working del sabato.

Ne vedremo delle belle!