Renzo Piano – District Workshop

From the beginning of the 80’s, the Italian architect Renzo Piano started to propose a different type of approach for architects to work with the people they were designing for (with): he suggested the creation of something he called laboratori di quarteri (district workshops). What he proposed was the setting of a workshop where the regeneration of cities would take place, directly embedded in the neighborhoods and allowing the citizens to actively participate.

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“It was a demonstrative experiment carried out within the city of Otranto, located in the Italian region of Puglia, that sought to determine the feasibility of employing traditional construction techniques to restore the city’s ancient historic centre. The district workshop intervention would not require the inhabitants to leave their homes nor to actively participate in the work operations themselves”


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