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[im]possible living per WWF


[im]possible living supporta WWF nella campagna “RiutilizziAMO l’Italia”: si tratta di una campagna di mappatura dal basso delle aree abbandonate sul territorio nazionale e di idee di recupero.

La campagna si chiude il 30 Novembre, per cui, se c’è un edificio abbandonato a cui tenete particolarmente e un’idea per ridargli vita, non esitate e inserite la vostra segnalazione sul sito ufficiale della campagna.

Comunicato stampa WWF:

Il W.W.F. Italia ha lanciato lo scorso 6 giugno la Campagna “RiutilizziAMO l’Italia” (visita il sito che ha come obiettivo il coinvolgimento dei cittadini, di una rete di docenti ed esperti locali in un “censimento” di proposte e progetti virtuosi di riutilizzo ambientale e sociale di aree abbandonate, in disuso o degradate per bloccare l’espansione irrazionale delle aree edificate.
La Campagna “RiutilizziAMO l’Italia”, che avrà termine il 30 novembre 2012, è per il W.W.F. Italia e per tutti/e coloro che vi parteciperanno un’occasione per contribuire ad una grande stagione di riqualificazione delle nostre aree urbane, del nostro territorio. Tra gli anni ’60 e gli anni ’70 le migliori energie del Paese contribuirono recupero dei nostri centri storici. Oggi come ieri si ritiene possibile catalizzare in rete la creatività delle comunità.
La Campagna “RiutilizziAMO l’Italia” servirà a valorizzare le idee per reinventare il territorio, per individuare alternative concrete al consumo del suolo. Infatti, nel suo dossier “Terra Rubata” segnala che in assenza di interventi correttivi, il consumo di suolo nei prossimi 20 anni in Italia sarà di oltre 75 ettari al giorno. Già oggi nel nostro Paese non si può tracciare un diametro di 10 km senza intercettare un nucleo urbano.

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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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[im]possible living The Process | Milan Design Week 2012

During this year’s Milan’s Design week [im]possible living participates to Fuorisalone, presenting the [im]possible living process through a series of conferences, debates and video installations aimed at raising awareness about the subject of abandoned buildings all over the world.

At the heart of the [im]possible living process are the regeneration of abandoned buildings and the temporary revitalization of unused buildings, channelling the energy of the web community.
There is no better place than Cascina Cuccagna, one of the most successful examples of social regeneration of a valuable city building, where to stage the presentation of the project.
Between the 17th and the 21st April 2012, Abandoned Week Design Contest will take place, a competition that will award the best photograph of an abandoned building in Milan. All photos need to be uploaded on the site
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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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