Monthly Archives: February 2012

[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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