Abandoned buildings are everywhere:
in city centers, suburbs, countrysides, mountains, seasides, everywhere!
They are left there, day after day, night after night. They don't scream, they don't bleed, they just lose a little piece everyday, so you don't really realize that a certain place is falling down, until one day it's impossible to recover it and the only thing that is left to do is breaking it down!!
How is our society managing these buildings?
Most of the time just ignoring them, preferring to leave them behind and build new buildings instead! This approach is cheaper in the short term, but definitely it is not in the long run.
There is an enormous power trapped in these ruins and [im]possible living is a project that aims to free this power up!! It won't be easy, but we want to try to reverse this trend and give a new life to these places!!
The steps in front of us are very challenging, but we are very excited about them:
- build a worldwide database of abandoned buildings,
- provide tools and knowledge to help our users start rescue projects,
- connect professionals to help on the design process, and
- fnd money to make these projects become real.
[im]possible living wants to be an enabler, a catalyst of the energies available in every place in the world that are not able to get through and give birth to the abandonment market and, in general, to a new housing development model: it is a very ambitious goal, but we really believe in it and we are investing everything in this dream!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)
"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"
Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster
Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.
I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.