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Here comes “Change”, the festival of architecture for a new approach to sustainability and urban, cultural and environmental innovation



Online and in-presence events, hosted until October 31 at MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st century arts in Rome 



Do you remember the appeal made to Italian President Sergio Mattarella by architects all over the country? They were asking for a new way of designing a society that will have to learn to live with pandemics.



The time has come, to go to the core of the issue.  At Maxxi in Rome (National Museum of 21st century arts, designed by Zaha Hadid and led by the foundation with the same name of the Ministry for cultural heritage and activities) “Changes – Architecture. Cities. Life” sees the light - a festival of architecture for a new approach to sustainability and urban, cultural and environmental innovation.



Organized by Open City Roma, Maxxi and the Rome Chamber of Architects, the festival began on September 24 and will go on until October 31, with several in-presence events and some digital ones – talks, brainstorming, exhibitions, installations, urban itineraries and workshops. The aim is that of stimulating the progress of ideas, knowledges and projects, in order to answer the most urgent question – how can we find the balance between human needs and the planet’s ability to meet them? Through an interdisciplinary perspective, Change faces the themes of urban regeneration and social innovation, of carbon neutrality and energy saving, of the use of intelligent systems of innovative materials, of the re-naturalization of urban spaces and sustainable mobility.    



Therefore the architects debate among themselves, since inevitably the echo of Climate Change affects urban planning and architecture has the need to change with respect to cities. The pressure by Covid-19 pandemics brings forward the alarm from scientists but also from the architects. Since, according to the Director of Open City Roma Davide Paterna “squeezed in between climate changes and pandemics we are living a moment of great uncertainty, but uncertainty can be used as a starting point for a new path, by catching all new elements brought forth by the technological knowledge reached by human science in this phase”. 



For more than a month designers and thinkers will discuss about a sustainable, innovative and responsible future. Ideas will be triggered and multidisciplinary skills will be put at stake, in order to understand and innovate in a sustainable way. Movies and documentaries on architecture, cities and sustainable change will be shown. Trips to the greenest buildings in Rome will be organized. A festival that is not only related to the urgent need to face the causes and effects of climate change, but also to all that must be revised.



 “If the 19th century has been the age of Enlightenment” Mr Paterna says “this beginning of the new Millennium must give way to a new course in our evolution as a specie, thus settling a balance between economy, science and environment”.



Get more on: www.maxxi.art/change-architecture-cities-life