For the last week Iâ€™ve been in Florence helping Chris Ryan (my thesis supervisor) and Michael Trudgeon with a design studio in Florence. The studio intriguingly titled Eco Acupuncture, is all about performing narrow but deep sustainability interventions in a cityscape, that have a far ranging potential. Students from Melbourne, New York, Delft and Italy joined forces to come up with a variety of innovative ways of reinvigorating Florenceâ€™s sustainability outlook. Â The City of Florence provided a converted prison to work from, which was pertinent given the intensity and timeframe of the studio. Â The final assignments arenâ€™t due until the end of semester, but I was delighted by the range of ideas that were born this week. Â In the words of Chris “It’s not about changing Florence, but givingÂ FlorentinesÂ a chance to think differently.”
The New York University kindly published some of my thoughts about working with change on their Pietra Dialogues page.