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).
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.