Many Possible Cities explores how to reimagine urban regeneration

T-Factor will take part in the Urban Regeneration Festival in Florence, from 9 to 11 June

Accessibility, community, welcoming, gender, art, and the human-nature relationship are the key words through which more than 40 international guests will talk about their experiences in the fourth edition of Many Possible Cities, the festival dedicated to urban regeneration. This event, organized by LAMA, one of T-Factor partners, will present the latest projects around the future of cities and how to transform them through social innovation. During 3 days, experts and practitioners from different fields related to urban regeneration will discuss new ideas related to art, temporary use of spaces and sustainability in cities.

T-Factor is one of the partners of the festival, and will participate in many of the talks and workshops of the program: 

The first workshop of the festival, Policies for City Making will be coordinated by T-Factor on June 9. This meeting will get together actors of urban regeneration within public administrations to discuss tools for activating urban transformation at regional and local level. The speakers will introduce the topic through practical cases demonstrating how solutions to regulate experiences of urban regeneration through temporary uses are accompanied by public policies, often with hybrid boundaries.

On June 10, T-Factor project will be presented within the round table Temporary uses in real estate and social housing. In this meeting, LAMA and T-Factor will propose a conversation to compare different strategies of temporary uses adopted in Italy in order to support urban regeneration plans. The projects presented will include the T-Factor pilot that is being developed in MIND – Milan Innovation District, and Manifattura Tabacchi, in Florence.

On June 11, the open discussion What is a cultural hub?  will bring together several T-Factor partners to talk about the role of cultural hubs across key concepts such as sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion. The conversation will be held by Friche la Belle de Mai, a former tobacco factory transformed in a cooperative work space in Marseille, the “Not a Museum” initiative embedded in Manifattura Tabacchi, and the University of the Arts London. In the afternoon, the workshop, Unsealing the city is organised by representatives of our partners LAND Research Lab and Waag. The workshop will explore through a landscape lens the key themes of the New European Green Deal and the New European Bauhaus through 3 keynote speeches from national and international experiences. In the second part of the workshop, participants will have a guided walk outside Manifattura to explore the urban nature of the surroundings.

Exploring a different operating system to deal with cities complexity

From 9 to 11 June, Many Possible Cities will host three days of meetings, talks, an exhibition and an “extra” program inspired by the visions of the New European Bauhaus: sustainability, inclusion and beauty.

The festival will present regeneration experiences from New York, Barcelona and Bordeaux, forms of creativity and social intelligence as drivers for change, financial instruments for transformative urban planning and new training opportunities for the future urban regenerators, among many other themes. Besides the workshops and speeches, Many Possible Cities will include bike tours to discover the city, exhibitions, live concerts and other cultural events, in an attempt to represent the prismatic nature of cultural and urban transformations.