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July 22, 2014

Sketchy Outlook for Italy

Sketchy Outlook for Italy

Gracious public servants, free camping trailers for poor vacationers, musical street furniture, suburbs that aren't so boring: These were some of the visions shared during Italy's inaugural Seismic workshop July 14 in Rome.

In keeping with the theme of urban rejuvenation, the event was held at Città dell'Altra Economia, a disused slaughter house and former squat in a recently rehabilitated area of downtown. These days, the site is home to a farmer's market, concerts and other artistic and creative events. It inspired some discussion during the event about how cities need to make creative use of brownfield sites in downtown areas.

Participants spent the day discussing Italy's urban challenges, and how social innovation can help address them.

One outcome of the event was the 47 sketches that graphically present different people's criticisms and hopes for their cities. Sketches were made with a variety of Italians of all ages, including event participants and volunteers found on the streets of Rome. See them here.