the theme_ AUTHENTI-CITY
What does the theme 'Authenti-city' mean? I asked Formafantasma and they told me-
"Founded 2750 years ago, the city of Syracuse and its historic center - the island of Ortigia - is a “Tabula Plena”. Since 2005, the city, incredibly rich in layers of history, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After 10 years, like most listed places, the old city is faced/blessed with an exponentially increasing number of tourists, but at the same time has lost its informality, authenticity, and most of its residents, gradually transforming into a theme park/resort.
In the era of neoliberalism, nostalgic attention to the past is becoming potentially devastating. Overly rigid protective norms and blind bureaucracy force new urbanistic and architectural interventions to look like a frozen and fake pre-WWII image of the city, generating an undefined pastiche of “NON-AUTHENTI-CITY”. The obsession with preserving image ignores substance, content, and structure. The museification of buildings and places does not solve the real issue of maintaining and preserving living urban spaces, but instead transforms their authenthic and original diversity into speculative and homogeneous real estate. "
What is the Future of Heritage?
The eight days of workshops and lectures will serve as a platform for discussion on the future of cultural heritage from both an architectural and design point of view.
Is the transformation of heritage sites into diffuse hotels and ersatz tourist attractions inevitable?
How can we devise an alternative preservation strategy that limits the loss of informality and authenticity?How to prevent the homogenization (anglosaxonization) of tourist attractions?