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Lorenzo Micheli

Lorenzo Micheli
Lorenzo Micheli
Photo by Antonio Barrella
Lorenzo Micheli
Lorenzo Micheli

Three fundamentals: connect, transform and grow.
Connect: global inhabitants of Rieti and diverse skills and competences.
Transform: a local issue into a national project.
Grow: with awareness and responsibility.

The plan that Lorenzo Micheli, a Rieti native born in 1990 with a calling to become a world citizen, has come up with is an ambitious one. “Being global makes things increasingly local. When you're away, you realise the value of the place you come from and you feel the need to do something for your hometown”. And so, together with Rena – the national association of citizens which aims to involve the entire community - he has become the promoter of the project which sees the Ex-Snia Viscosa factory in Rieti (closed since 2007, leaving 32 hectares empty in the heart of the city) as a potential “place of change”.

For Rieti, the ex-Snia is like the Fiat factory in Turin: an integral part of the town's collective imagination and identity. To reclaim itself, Rieti needs an interdisciplinary regeneration plan with the aim of the future development of the area. All attempts to date have failed because of the complexity of the issues involved, and the alternative is a radical change of perspective: not what can be done, but who can do what. The team assembled by Lorenzo's call to arms wanted to turn Rieti into a national experimental laboratory for local development policies, and launched a international multidisciplinary call to the regional, national and international bodies working in the fields of planning, development, urban development, innovation and territory. The response was immediate, and the commitment extraordinary, and it produced the NextRieti strategy: a workshop of multiple local initiatives to promote rather than requalify. The recipe? A principal component is the parcelling up of the regeneration project, and love for the local area is the secret ingredient. For a new narrative of the community. Starting again, from right here.

The story has been written by Elisabetta Flumeri e Gabriella Giacometti, writers.

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