Welcome to a lecture by Valerio Barberis, the urban planning commissioner of Prato, Italy.
Valerio Barberis is responsible for a number of initiatives, both large and small, in Prato, including the revitalization of an industrial zone where many Chinese workshops are located – and a series of minor interventions in public spaces that seek to achieve fruitful platforms for exchange and shared encounters between the Chinese community and the inhabitants of Prato.
Prato is one of ten sites that are presented in the In Residence exhibition, each reflecting on global migration. The district of Prato is one of the engines for the manufacturing of “Made in Italy” labeled products which the industry proudly sells throughout the world as a trademark of quality based on “local” standards of production. At the same time, Prato currently also has one of the biggest Chinatowns in Europe, with more than 50,000 inhabitants.
Organized by Stephen Fan and Mei Lun Xue
In cooperation with: Instituto Italiano di Cultura Oslo (IIC)
Photo: Nadia S. Cohen