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Project Launched

January 23, 2011

Archaeologist Dora Cirone and Architect Tom Rankin first met with officials at Castelvecchio Calvisio, including Mayor Dionisio Ciuffini in the Fall of 2007.  We found the town a perfectly preserved example of medieval urban center in balance with its natural environment, yet with a population that had dropped dramatically and needed a new approach to allow it to continue to be sustainable in the 21st century.  The project to renew the village and surrounding countryside culturally, ecologically and economically was underway.

The goals of our proposal:

1. Work with local institutions to evaluate and document current conditions of Castelvecchio Calvisio, including: photographic documentation, a CAD-city plan based on topographic survey carried out by American architecture students, a report based on historical research, creation and editing of a website to promote and document the project

2. Coordinate adaptive re-use of property in Castelvecchio Calvisio to create a Center for Urban and Environmental Studies: meeting room, multi-media facilities, archaeology laboratory, offices, exhibition space, etc.

3. Coordination of ongoing on-site courses and cultural programs for American students and adult-participants with the aim at promoting sustainable tourism. Coursework would include: photographic documentation and drawing, medieval architectural studies, ecological approaches to land-management, architectural restoration techniques

4. Establish a Forum Agenda 21 Locale to encourage communication, exchange of ideas regarding Sustainable Local Development

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