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[im]tourbo, a house for Hubbol

by bibibri, bikes ready to leave

Saturday 30th of June we had our second [im]possible tour by bike in Bologna, as you probably will remember the first one was back in February in Milan.
The weather was incredibly challenging in Bologna (39°C), but that didn’t stop many people from coming and sharing this wonderful afternoon with us. Continue reading

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Map 4 Emilia | Mappare per Riqualificare


 

Mappatura Wiki degli edifici inutilizzati in Emilia Romagna per la riqualificazione del patrimonio esistente.

Il terremoto in Emilia ha generato una situazione molto grave. Tra le altre cose si è generato un problema legato alla disponibilità di spazi. Questi spazi servono principalmente per due motivi, ovvero per la gestione dell’emergenza e per il processo di riqualificazione: servono spazi produttivi, residenziali, di aggregazione sociale e molto altro ancora.
La valorizzazione degli edifici in disuso è l’ambito a cui abbiamo dedicato il nostro ultimo anno e mezzo di vita e, insieme ai nostri partner che operano in Emilia-Romagna, abbiamo riflettuto negli ultimi giorni su come, nel nostro piccolo, poter essere d’aiuto.
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[im]possible workshop

The [im]possible living web community is growing very quickly, but structuring a process to actually restore abandoned buildings all over the world is a very difficult and complex task. So we decided to test the ideas we are developing in the real world and, from Sunday April 1st to Tuesday April 3rd, we organized a workshop for architecture students to elaborate a management and architectural concept to give a new life to an abandoned building in Milan.

In the past month we studied the theme, developed a program and prepared lectures in order to present all the relevant aspects of an abandoned building renovation: how the web can help to develop a collaborative process, the best architectural and management approaches, the hypothetical financial structures of these operations.
This incredible work was possible thanks to the help of Ciclostile Architettura and AreaREM, our partners expert respectively in architecture and real estate: both helped us so much creating this amazing experience and we want to thank them for the great work they did with us.
The other important partner of this adventure is IRA-C, an association of students mainly attending architecture, that are looking for their head office and decided to participate to the workshop in order to actually create it.
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News from the [im]possible travel


Greg and Maina are on their way and we want to give an update on how things are going on the road! Their route started from Pomezia (Rome) where they stayed at a couchsurfer’s house, then they biked towards Naples and then up north Italy, crossing (and resting in) Cisterna, Gaeta, Mondragone, Minturno, Terracina, Lido dei pini, Ladispoli, Orbetello, Grossetto and Follonica.

Now they’re in the beautiful Siena, hosted by our friend Silvia and they’re moving their steps to Florence! During the travel they run into hundreds of abandoned buildings and they’re doing a great job mapping most of them: take a look at Lazio and in general at every profile created by the user “unfoldingthefantastic” (search for Italy and scroll the explore view).

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[im]possibleMilanTour #1

A week ago we organized the first mapping event in Milan and we want to talk to you about this experience that we definitely want to replicate in the near future in our city, as well as in others.
The idea behind this kind of events is to facilitate the process of city mapping, while involving new people in the process, and to discover a city in a new way: having a tour of the abandoned buildings of your town is very similar to look at the negative of a picture, it lets you see a different urban layer, that normally you don’t focus on!

In this period we need to find a location in Milan for a project we’re developing (we’ll talk about this soon) and so we thought we could call our friends, spread the word on the social networks and involve other people in the [im]possibleMilanTour #1.
We collected some information about the abandoned buildings in town, drew an itinerary on Google Maps and met everybody by bike on Sunday morning, at the very first building we were going to visit, the abandoned supermarket in Piazza Santa Maria del Suffragio.

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[im]possible living App | Map the abandoned world

Hey folks, we have a great announcement to make today: the [im]possible living app for iPhone is now available on the app store!

As you know, our mission is to collect a global community of people interested in the abandonment topic and we want to provide services that make it easy to map abandoned buildings around the world and create local projects for reuse/renovation.
We want to enable everyone to add a contribution and the mobile app is a fundamental step to make the collaboration process as easy as possible.

Without further hesitations, let’s introduce the functionalities available in this first release:

  • map a new building;
  • discover our youtube channel;
  • follow our twitter stream;
  • be always updated reading news directly from our blog.

Youtube, twitter and blog feeds are quite simple: you can follow our social channels directly on the app, without jumping from one site to the other. Twitter in particular is very nice because you can follow our live-tweetings while we explore abandoned buildings or villages, as has happened in the past.

But the heart of the app is definitely the possibility to map a new building. While you go to work or school, during your tours around your city or during vacations you will run into many abandoned properties and we want you to be able to add them right on the spot.
Just follow three simple and quick steps:

  1. log in [im]possible living with your account;
  2. add a picture from your library or use the camera to take one on the fly;
  3. add basic information, check the geographical details provided automatically and correct them, if necessary.

That’s it, easy as it seems!

And now here’s a new challenge for all of you: at the moment we have 191 buildings in the database, the one who will upload the 200th building will win our amazing t-shirt… and if the 200th profile is uploaded via iPhone app we will also include an [im]possible skin for iPhone!

Today is a big day for [im]possible living, we hope you’re excited as we are about this new service. And Android users… don’t worry! Android app is on the line and will be available soon.

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[im]possible travel | Europe by bike

A few days ago we received an email from Gregory, one of our earlier collaborators from U.S.:

“my girlfriend and i will start a foldable-bicycle tour on the 28th of February. we will be flying into Rome, and riding to Morocco. we have some wild idea for what to do after that… but i wanted to contact you to tell you that we both want to explore italy (+ france, spain, and morocco) with impossible living in mind. we want to visit as many of the buildings that are already catalogued on the website, as well as take as many photos of undocumented abandoned buildings as possible. if you have any suggested routes, or areas, or whatever, let me know.”

What an amazing project!
We really want to support it and we immediately started organizing, as Greg and Maina called it, the “unfoldingthefantastic“! We started thinking about the route, the best places to visit (both abandoned and not), cheap/zero-cost accommodations, an [im]possible kit with all the essential stuff (maps, contacts, t-shirts, …) and everything else to ease this wonderful adventure.

During the travel they will write some posts for this blog, so that we can all read about what they’re doing, best abandoned places visited and in general updates from the road.

The basic [im]possible travel route will be from Rome to Gibraltar, crossing Pompei, Naples, Florence, Bologna, Milan, Genoa, Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Nimes, Toulouse, Huesca, Barcelona, Valencia, Murcia, Granada, Cordoba, Malaga and Sevilla. This is just the general idea, but we’ll definitely refine it in the next weeks.
We thought that probably someone else would be inspired and excited like we are about this project, so we want to share it with you all and ask for some help. Here’s what we need:

  • cool abandoned places that are on or close to the above route;
  • amazing and comfortable bike routes;
  • cheap/zero-cost accommodations for these guys and their foldable bikes (when closed they don’t take much space), maybe you have a couch, or even some floor-space for them.

Of course if you just would like to meet them for a coffee and maybe show them the beauties of your city, they would love that too.

So, if you can help us somehow or simply want to know more about this, write us and stay tuned … we’re going to share more about the first [im]possible travel soon!

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Video | [flash] flash mob, Milan Design Week 2011

[im]possible living Video, [flash] flash mob, Milan Design Week 2011
by Antonello Schioppa
Video on YouTube Channel of [im]possible living

I wish this building to become + [flash] flash mob

15 April 2011 [im]possible living and Criticalcity Upload organised an event in Milan, in Corso Garibaldi 89/A, giving life to a fantastic abandoned building, Casa degli Artisti di Brera.
Thanks to Antonello Schioppa we produced a video of the event and we are very happy to share it with you now!!!
[old post, [flash] flash mob]

[camera operators] andrea segliani + antonello schioppa
[editing] antonello schioppa
[music] El9emm

[flash] flash mob created by
daniela galvani & andrea sesta

in collaboration with
CriticalCity upload

[special thanks] gregorysung

[im]possible living video on You Tube

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A glance of the first week


Great week for [im]possible living!!!
Thank you all for the support you’re giving us!!

During this week we obtained a good media exposition (L’Espresso, Domus and Nuok among others) and we want to share with you some data about this first period.
From Friday 02 December to Sunday 11 December we attracted 4367 unique visitors: in average our visitors spent on the site 2 minutes and 47 seconds, viewing 3.65 pages, bounce rate was under 40%  and 100 users registered on the site. Even though the other values are very good, the last one might seem a small number to you, but for us it’s a great result as well: think about how many things 100 people could do together and how difficult it is to attract first users!
At the moment we have a conversion rate of about 2%, which is not bad considering the strong focus of our service and the low number of abandoned buildings available on the database.
Talking about the database, we achieved to collect 62 new buildings during the period, which means that on average more than one registered user out of two submitted a new building: this is the data we are happier about, because it means that registered users are very interested in the topic and are very happy to help growing the service!

We know userbase growth is definitely the most difficult part for us, but it looks like once a user is registered, he’s probably going to share new information with the community.
For this reason one of our main activity right now is structuring a network of local ambassadors that will help us manage all the different territories we’re dealing with: as we cannot be everywhere in the world, we want to help YOU to be active in the city you better know and love!! More on that soon…

This first period is just the beginning of a great adventure, we can’t wait to show you more and to have you on board with us!

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[im]possible living beta is here

 

Welcome back everybody, after much expectation we can finally present you … the new [im]possible living site!
Since the last time you’ve heard from us here, we have made incredible progress and we’re really proud of the results!

So let’s introduce the main revolutions available with the new site:

  • navigate and search our database with a real map
  • filter buildings selecting one or more categories
  • register for free
  • add new abandoned buildings
  • add pictures and videos to existing buildings
  • add a building to your favourite list
  • like or dislike a building
  • share buildings on social networks (facebook, twitter, google+)

As you know our mission is to give a new life to all the abandoned buildings out there, but we need your help to do it and we want you to be part of our community! So check your photo albums, look for the abandoned buildings you shoot once during a urban exploration or during one of your vacations and add it to the site: in a few weeks we can build a very big database and inspire other people to join us!

This is just the beginning, in a near future we’ll provide many new features, in order to start projects, discuss them, get consults from experts and much much more! It won’t be easy, but we like a challenge and we believe that with your help we can succeed!
Let’s work together and let’s transform this enormous global waste into an incredible resource!!

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