Inauguration Q.I.

2013:Giugno Inaugurazione 2

Quartiere Intelligente is born.

Naples smart city starts from Montesanto. Citizens, professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and associations together for urban regeneration.

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 opening in progress

NAPLES - On Saturday, June 22, the challenge of QI Quartiere Intelligente, a pilot project to regenerate and reuse urban spaces according to the principles of smart cities, starts in Montesanto.

On the first section of Montesanto's monumental staircase, a small iron gate gives access to what now looms as a construction site of ideas and projects that will soon be an articulate container of cognitive capital production and not just a place of consumption.

A garden, an old factory and a building dating back to the mid-19th century, along with stairs, make up the spaces of the Quartiere Intelligente.

The project was born some time ago from the idea of investing in an area that is as fascinating as it is neglected in the city with the collaboration of Neapolitan intellectuals and urban planners.

Quartiere Intelligente wants to be a place of experimentation and a model of sustainable urban development: it aims at ecological quality, understood not only as waste recycling, energy efficiency, use of renewable sources and bio-sustainable materials; but also experimentation of good practices, capable of influencing and modifying in a positive way behaviors and ways of living the neighborhood and the city.

From Saturday, June 22, a first part of the Quartiere Intelligente, namely the garden with urban and educational garden and a part

of the building where the boards of the project that will be the main theme of an international conference next September will be displayed.

Given QI's location, the space becomes a permanent laboratory of the regeneration and enhancement of Naples' more than 200 staircases, which is why the project joins the Naples Staircase Recovery Coordination.

, explains Cristina Di Stasio, president of the QI Association and creator of the project; .

The opening of Q.I. is entirely experimental and is a work in progress: on Saturday, June 22 through Sunday, June 23 with a series of initiatives the space will be open and usable to the public.

Scheduled activities include a market dedicated to reuse and organic products set up on the stairs (Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the visual art installation Untitled - Studio per un ritratto di Giovanni Giarretta curated by Adriana Rispoli (Saturday from 8:30 p.m.) and also the traveling show from the Pedamentina to the Scala di Montesanto "Come l'acqua che scorre" curated by Lo Sguardo che Trasforma (Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.) with a sustainable aperitif at sunset in the garden.

In addition, as early as Friday 21 and then on Saturday and Sunday, Q.I.'s garden will host Michele Iodice's performance Migrazioni, which involves the public in building a giant nest out of waste materials from pruning the surrounding areas (reservations required by writing to

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