This morning, November 28, 2019, in the Capitol were presented the 4 projects that dictate the lines of the next call for awards of Virginia Raggi, “Avanti con la rigenerazione del patrimonio capitolino. Futuro ex Città Altra Economia sarà espressione di creatività ed esigenze dei cittadini” for the reuse of the CAE spaces.
Among the 4 winning projects of the Call for Ideas for the renovation and reuse of the spaces of the ex Città dell’Altra Economia (CAE), on the basis of which the call for proposals for the subsequent allocation of the public area will be drawn up, the RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts Director, Fabio Mongelli, also presented the Academy’s project.
As part of a participatory process initiated by Roma Capitale with the aim of regenerating the structure included in the slaughterhouse complex, a competition of ideas was launched and was a great success in terms of participation of citizens, experts, operators of the local community, also gathered in an associated form.
At the presence of the Mayor Virginia Raggi, of the Deputy in charge of Economic Development, Tourism and Employment Carlo Cafarotti and of the Deputy in charge of Urban Planning Luca Montuori, the owners of the projects illustrated the peculiarities of the single selected ideas.
“Roma Capitale takes an important step for the regeneration of its heritage for the benefit of the community. It does this together with the citizens, who with the Administration decide the future of the ex Città dell’Altra Economia, with a view to sharing and collaboration that has led to the success of this initiative. The call for the allocation of spaces will be an expression of the creativity of the participants, but also and above all of the needs felt by those who live and work in the city,” says the Mayor Virginia Raggi.
“The winning projects of our Call for Ideas enhance the contamination between ‘know-how Made in Rome’, and technological innovation dedicated to productivity and competitiveness. The area involved, of about 2,355 square meters divided into modules, will be used for business activities, exhibitions, production and sales. An excellent boost to the local production fabric, but also a real opportunity for new entrepreneurs and startups to build their success in our city,” says Carlo Cafarotti, Deputy in charge of Economic Development, Tourism and Employment of Roma Capitale.
“Four themes of innovation, an important part of a path that, taking note of the great work done to date for the renewal of the entire complex, must necessarily adapt to a changed framework of rules, needs and requirements. Looking at new functions and renewing management methods is part of an important re-planning exercise that inserts the changes that have taken place and those underway into an organic framework. The imminent conclusion of important worksites is expected, the next opening of new ones, with a perspective of adapting the unitary project of the entire complex to the current planning standards”, concludes Luca Montuori, Deputy in charge of Town Planning of the City of Rome.
In detail, these are the 4 proposals that trace the guidelines for the re-functionalisation of the spaces, elaborated according to an analysis of the territorial context that enhances the geographical, historical, social and cultural characteristics:
“Mat Roma Arts 6 Tech Roma Lab”: focus on ethical and quality artisan food production, with particular regard to the short supply chain and the need to rethink a sustainable model of food production and consumption in the city, but also to increase the competitiveness of roman restoration. Space then to laboratories, classrooms, gardens of urban beekeeping, a cooking school, temporary stalls for “food artisans” and themed events. All of this, under the banner of innovation on the model of coworking and business hubs. Among the objectives, that of combining know-how and research for the definition and promotion of a Food Policy for Rome shared by the main players in the supply chain. Proposers, Matteo Ventricelli and Marco Morello.
“Mattatoio Polo delle Arti”: spotlight on art, with spaces for artists to develop ideas for the host site, in view of its transformation into a “museum location” of sculpture, painting, graphics, design, multimedia, cinema and photography. Inside, a fablab manufacturing and craftsmanship of artistic products “Made in Rome”. Proponent, Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA).
“Mattidea”: the protagonist is creative craftsmanship, which sees CAE as a production pole of excellence in terms of fashion, art, architecture, communication and cuisine. All these activities are inspired by the “know-how” of the roman talents, but launched towards internationalization and competitiveness through the operational models of coworking and fablab, in constant contact with the outside world thanks to the communications carried out by a specific web office, to the radio and to the school of cinema imagined inside. Symbol of the new finalization, a hot air balloon that – on the occasion of major events – will be turned on like a light bulb, allowing the lighting of the outdoor square. Proponent, Francesco Belardi.
“City of Applied Arts”: the proposal is a factory of creativity that gives life to a network of artisans, designers, makers and startups for the mixture of craft techniques and innovation 4.0. The intervention plan is threefold: technical, with a space dedicated to acceleration and incubation activities; communicative, with the actions of social promotion and community management; commercial, by virtue of the planning of events and the presence of a physical store and an online shop window for the sale of products made. Proponent, a group of companies coordinated by VIVO Design Studio Srls.