Lec­ture | Jan 2017
Federico II University
Naples | Italy


Rural communities have been developing local (resilient) solutions for global problems for generations. Water harvest and distribution was tackled with ingenious techniques which became derelict once large centralized infrastructures were adopted. This is the case of Qeparo, a village of southern Albania, devoted to agriculture and beach tourism, where a irrigation channel of stone construction, built by local farmers, was abandoned a few years ago. Openfabric proposes the adaptive reuse of such infrastructure by bringing forward its multilayered benefits in terms of agriculture, tourism and gastronomy, and the overarching resiliency of small local solutions. 
Again in Albania, is the second case: the planning and design of a waterfront and island in the city of Berat. Its river, Osumi, with its highly varying water levels, is a threat for the city, which is flooded on a regular basis. Here, Openfabric has developed a strategy for a resilient Island and waterfront that is able to react and adapt to the changing water levels. The project aim is to decrease the pressure of the high waters on the city, while simultaneously creating extra public space for the city and its inhabitants.   
The last case is the Maritime Cluster of Rotterdam. Studies were made that forecast different economic scenarios for the cluster and Openfabric has been asked to analyze their spatial implication. The port has the potential to shift away from trading towards a knowledge-intense center that can stand out by capitalizing on and investing in a high-skilled and research related market. The balance between a fixed-framework and flexibility is critical for developing a stronger future for the port and a more beneficial relationship between port and city.

REPAiR Seminar Series – Federico II University
: The Blue Line
Location: Naples, Italy
Time: 27 January 2017
Lecturer: Francesco Garofalo