Arcipelago are 4 professionals who met at the Ferrara University of Architecture. Each of us has developed their own career path while maintaining contacts and collaborations with others. Irene Esposito, member of Fahre Associati (@fahreassociati), Cecilia Carattoni member of Tipi Studio (@tipi.studio), Giulia Mazzali (@giuliamazzali) freelance landscape designer and Alfredo Borghi (@alfredoborghi), member of Zuloark.
We define ourselves as a collective of people who have the interest to develop urban regeneration projects, sustainable mobility and territorial enhancement. The term that most of all summarize the types of projects we want to activate is Tactical Urbanism. That is an unconventional approach to the design of spaces presenting critical issues or awaiting a permanent destination. The Tactical Urbanism primary concepts are self-construction of public space by the local, promotion of street public use, promotion of a collective and public city use, promotion of a network of associations/companies.
Do you think it is possible to contribute to a natural area’s development and care without a single will coming from above? Or even coming from a single property or public administration?
Arcipelago ambassadors believe it can be done by establishing a collaborative spirit between the local actors, creating networks, and identifying common identities. They try to do so from an initiative located in a gigantic green area in the south of Bologna, where they have initiated a process to start a dialogue between local actors to show them that similar realities exist and to generate trust and promote a dialogue based in positive, constructive and close realities.
The UR_EU Bologna parliamentary session seeks to open up a space for debate, comments, and open learning about best practices to develop territory through cultural initiatives, social inclusion, and sports in order to contribute to feeding a fundamental ecosystem for the survival of fragile suburban realities.
Arcipelago ambassadors shared a short documentary in collaboration with Lourdes Cabrera: “HILLS_UR_EU Bologna Embassy Documentary Short Film” (original version (IT) with (ENG) subtitles) and lead a subsequent conversation primarily in Italian with the initiatives featured in the documentary: Chiocciola casa del nomade (@chiocciolalacasadelnomade, @parcosassosimonesimoncello, museosassosimonesimoncello), Centro antartide (@centroantartide) and Bologna Montana Bike Area (@bolognamontanabikearea) as invited experts.
They tried to involve everyone interested in participating, regardless of language, to share points of view and experiences.
The UR_EU 2020 Edition aims to expand the urban rights network to boost Europe’s solidarity by co-creating to the European political scene and design the first version for a European Parliament of Urban Rights.
A parliament, at least for the Urban Rights community, is not a formal event about people dressed up in suits representing others; It is a tool for gathering with a comfortable atmosphere, a set of tools, rules, etc. that are open to interpretation and improvement in each local iteration. We have practised this approach quite a few times, with the aspiration of creating an open, democratic platform where urban and rural matters could be discussed since a situated point of view. During the 2020 Autumn we have had a parliamentary cycle with 8 events across Europe, 5 parliamentary sessions among 5 European embassies as local partners from Germany, Italy, France, Greece, and Belgium and a Digital embassy.
There is no fixed method to organise a parliament to reinforce the UR_Net and the notion of Europe as a shared public space in response to the current ecological, democratic and economic crisis. In the extraordinary circumstances due to the global pandemic, we have requested the ambassadors to think of how we can get together, and open a conversation to make visible the local knowledge that is put to use in each place to discuss not only the convenient but the controversial. The challenge was to find a way to quickly and empathetically connect with other territories’ problems, inquiring on how to speak from different languages or with diverse cultural backgrounds. And we believe that the best way to do so is not by giving answers, but by asking questions.
You can navigate through the sessions’ contents to see how each embassy faced this challenge or learn more about our local partners in UR_NET. Soon you will also find the UR_KIT with the lessons learned from this experience so that you can replicate it in your region.