Walks & Excursions
Explore, walk and analyze not just the town but also external locations played an important role during Summer School. The participants went for a walk to several locations in the surroundings of the town, such as "La Fiumara", "La Grecia", and "La Petrara".
Also, as an excursion, the participants visited the town of Sellia, which is located 20 minutes away from Simeri, and some Agroturismos where it was possible to learn about the production of local products and the tourism in the region.
The analysis of the territory as a network and the relevant elements of the landscape helped to have a comprehensive understanding of the town.
Talks & Inputs
The participants of the Summer School received inspiring input from experts and professionals, who share their time and knowledge.
The main learnings were about the local heritage, culture, landscape, design, and the community in Simeri. Altogether provides the basis for the upcoming process in order to activate the physical space together with inhabitants and internationals.
Among the guest speakers were:
Andrea Balestrini from the Landscape architecture studio LAND
The team from La Rivoluzione delle Seppie
Mappings & Workshops
Through several workshops, the participants analyzed the built environment, the public space, and the co-relational landscape.
Also, using numerous mapping exercises, participants walk around the town and the surroundings, both in teams and individually, and capture the status-quo of the territory.
Co-design is one of the fundamental pillars for the Simeri Lab and also for the Summer School.
Through a dynamic exercise, the participants walked through the town and chatted with the local inhabitants. The conversations and interviews focused on understanding in a more detailed way the past, present, and future of the town.
The information obtained from this exercise is an essential input for the design and planning of the following phases that allow reactivating Simeri.
Cultural & Community Events
Simeri´s community warmly welcomed all the participants of the Summer School and thanks to several cultural and community activities, local inhabitants shared with the participants their traditions, stories, and valuable knowledge.
Several deeply rooted traditions were shared by some members of the local community. Participants learned about traditional basket weaving, traditional sewing, as well as about the traditional preparation for Calabria`s pasta. Moreover, participants had the opportunity to dig into the Simeri photo archive provided by a local photograther.
Games and fun also played an important role. Locals and newcomers played traditional games together, like the ball sport Bocce and the cards game Briscola. Also, several lunches, dinners, and coffees were shared together, which led to the strengthening of ties of friendship.
The open-air exhibition includes video screenings, interactive activities, photography, and temporary installations showing different glimpses of the beautiful village of Simeri.
The village itself works as a display room, where abandoned houses were cleaned up and video installations took place in order to create awareness and to temporarily revive these unused spaces. In total eight different interventions can be found in the Borgo and are interconnected through a painted blue line on the ground.
Additionally, posters with a photo collection by Julia Schumacher and good practice examples for regeneration projects all over Italy bring the walls in the village back to life and give inspiration about how to enfold the true potential of the heritage in South Italy.
Among the good practices that were displayed were:
The exhibition was maintained by the local community and remain open during the weekends between the end of the Summer School and the end of September.
Finally, in a playful manner, this exhibition aims to activate the corners, streets, and squares of Simeri to present the outcomes of the Summer School, find out about potentials, and show what can be done if there is a will. Most of all, the main aim of the exhibition was to get in touch with the local inhabitants and it follows a route from the past to the present all the way to the future of Simeri.
Have a look at the Exhibition Flyer: