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Tomorrow UrgentCity event kicks off at La Palazzina Reale in Florence. Join us for two intense days of workshops and discussions on the vocabulary of urban challenges.
Four thematic discussions will encourage several multidisciplinary groups of 6-7 guests to confront each other in couples or threes to discuss urban challenges in relation to the proposed umbrella topics: New Ecologies, Urban Assets, Digital Toolkit and New Collectives.
During several workshop sessions spread over 2 days and two thematic sections (words & stories) we aim to collectively reflect on the changes in contemporary vocabulary, the ways in which they influence the discourse on urban environment and explore possibilities of actively shaping both the way we communicate and live.
During the event a series of interviews, conducted with experts from Italy and the Netherlands, as a part of the research for this project, will be screened at the entrance hall of La Palazzina Reale. You can watch the whole series during the event or at urgentcity.eu
12.00 – 13.00
WELCOME – INTRODUCTION
Welcome word by: Cristina Ampatzidou, Ania Molenda – Amateur Cities and Gianpiero Venturini – New Generations.
13.30 – 15.30
Taking as a starting point the shortlist of terms submitted through an open call earlier this year the workshop will focus on refining that list and defining core terms and concepts, which will be used to construct narratives in the workshop
session on saturday.
*upon invitation only
16.00 – 17.00
ROUND TABLE NEW ECOLOGIES
How is our relationship with nature shaped and re-shaped through the language? Discussion with Mathijs de Bruin, Alice Buoli, Zoe De Luca, Piero Pelizzaro, Giannozzo Pucci, Angelo Renna and Joshua Thies moderated by Chris Luth.
17.30 – 18.30
ROUND TABLE URBAN ASSETS
How is value assessed in urban environments and who decides about it? Discussion with Barbara Asselberghs, Tiziano Bonini, Rebekka Kiesewetter, Miloš Kosec, Judith Lekkerkerker, Diego Luna and Fiona Shipwright moderated
by Chris Luth.
19.00 – 20.00
KEYNOTE LECTURE FRANCO ‘BIFO’ BERARDI
Trapped between global challenges that seem to overpower us, it is easy to feel incapable of the much-needed radical change. During his keynote Franco Berardi will reflect on how to turn our impotence in possibility.
20.00 – 21.30
10.00 – 13.00
This session will consist of two parts: trial for words and narrative creation. The first part will focus on debating layered meanings and associations of terms that are used and abused in contemporary urban discourse. The second will address the creation of narratives inspired by the terms and the outcome of the previous exercises.
*upon invitation only
15.00 – 16.00
ROUND TABLE DIGITAL TOOLKIT
How does the language of technology shape the way we live? Discussion with Marco Brizzi, Alex Fabregas, Inte Gloerich, Jacopo Marello, Pierre Paslier, Tim Terpstra and Katía Truijen moderated by Chris Luth.
16.30 – 18.00
ROUND TABLE NEW COLLECTIVES
How can we define collective visions of living together? Discussion with Esaú Acosta Pérez, Stefan Aue, Chayma Drira, Frank Keizer, Elena Malara, Arabella Natalini and Elena Ostanel moderated by Chris Luth.
18.00 – 19.00
What lessons can we take home and how can we shape the language of urban challenges? – Final discussion between the invited guests, organizers and the audience moderated by Chris Luth.
On the 11 & 12th of November we will be in Florence together with 30 professionals in the fields of architecture, urbanism, art, sociology, media studies, geography and more for two days of workshops, round table discussion and keynote presentations. We will be looking at issues related to language and vocabulary and how they condition the ways we perceive and address urban issues. Full program to be announced soon.