What are we mapping?
One of the objectives of Open Design School is to identify the places in the city of Matera that will host the events of Matera 2019. To research them we have built a group of professionals who are daily scanning every corner of the city in search of closed and open spaces that can become the scenario of different types of events.
We thought that the research should not only concern the historical center of the city, because Matera, in addition to the famous Sassi, is made up of an urban and architectural fabric of districts that should be equally valued.
This is why our main job is to travel the entire city, from south to north, without neglecting any neighborhood. We started from Agna Le Piane, where the Padula Casino is located, which has now become our home, to get to Serra Rifusa and the new districts in the north of the city. Every corner of the city has been studied, photographed, discovered, revisited according to precise categories. In each of these places, even the abandoned ones, we have identified a new potential and a scenario in which to set the events that will animate the European Capital of Culture in 2019.
For us, the whole city, with its streets, open spaces, architectural structures, hide different stages and gathering places and we wanted to collect them, to have a broad vision of their potential.
Our travel companion is a technical data sheet that helps us to categorize the characteristics of each place, from its coordinates to the dimensions, to the capacity, to the state of conservation of the place or to some fundamental details such as the different access possibilities.
What do we do with all this data? We are building an open and digital map that can be consulted, for the common good, and to make sure that our work is not aimed exclusively at what will happen in 2019, but is a resource in time for our city.