From March 31 until April 21 citizens and visitors to Florence can experience the Deep Cities exhibition at Biblioteca delle Oblate e Archivio Storico Comunale.
It is well known that cities are constantly changing. As such, cities are
composed of added historic layers that, over time, transform into heritage which
merits conservation. Within the conservation process, heritage constitutes an inherent dynamic and transformative urban element.
However, fragmented heritage structures targeted by urban strategies,
often lose the opportunity to offer urban planning a sustainable source for
cultural values, as these pose difficulties for practitioners and users to agree on what is to be protected.
The exhibition presents in graphic form the results of research conducted in
Florence, in the Novoli – San Donato area, concerning material and immaterial transformations of a rapidly changing urban environment. The study is part of the European research project Deep Cities, which compares five urban transformation scenarios: Tukthusgården in Oslo (Norway), Woolwich in London (United Kingdom), Canongate in Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Sant Andreu de Palomar in Barcelona (Spain) and Novoli – San Donato in Florence (Italy).
The buildings and spaces represented in the works on show change and are
transformed through the interaction with residents and users over time.
They reflect and are a reflection of individual and collective stories and values for those who observe and live in them.