For ten days on School Imt researchers from all over Europe will deal with a now common phenomenon: theabandoning their ancient sectors of communities of consecrated life. To open the works of the international summer school Strategic partnership for reuse and social valorization of discarded cultural heritage from religious communities (strategic partnerships for recycling and social improvement of the cultural heritage disposed of by faith communities) vice-rector of the Imt school’s third mission Emiliano Ricciardi, the deputy mayor of the municipality of Lucca and the councilor for social work Giovanni Minniti, the director of Caritas Don Simone Giuli, the president of the Order of Architects of Lucca Fabio Nardinidirector of Misericordia in Lucca Sergio Mura And Stefania Aimar represents the Lucca Villas and Palaces association.
The initiative, which hosts the representatives of the universities of Bologna, Nürtingen, Uppsala, Budapest and Le Notre Instituteis co-promoted by the Imt Alti Studi Lucca School, by the Architecture Department of the University of Bologna and by Ghirardacci Study Center, with support from Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca Foundationthe collaboration of Flaminia Foundation in Ravenna and is sponsored byNational Office for Ecclesiastical Heritage and Building of Worship of the CEI – Italian Bishops’ Conference, by the Cultural Council of the Holy See and the Municipality of Lucca. In 2019, Lucca was the site of a ground-breaking initiative at national level: the summer school New scenarios for discarded monastic heritage (whose procedures are now available online).
The study week’s results will be presented in a public presentation on 2 Augustin the rooms adjacent to the church of San Pietro Somali.
The latest estimates show that it will close within the next ten years in Italy 65 percent of monastic communities with the need to find new management methods for the very large and monumental sectors, ancient headquarters and places of sedimentation of art treasures and traditions. It is therefore extremely urgent to increase public awareness, both so that local communities monitor the fate of these sectors and so that a new category of professionals matures their own specialization, combining sensitivity and competence.
During the Summer School, in an initiative sponsored by Diocese of Lucca, i participants will be invited to discover the ecclesiastical landscape of Lucca by bike, up to the former monastery of Sant’Agostino in Vicopelago, a specific case study adopted during the study week, a place of monastic and Puccini memories due to the tenacious participation of several times the Master visited his sister, Sister Giulia Enrichetta, prioress of the Augustinian community.
The summer school is part of the European project Erasmus + Led2Leapa workshop for teaching participatory planning, so that landscape transformations become opportunities for co-responsibility in the choices of reuse and transformation of the territory, central themes in strategic planning for the social development of the territories, in Italy and in Europe.
In fact, participatory planning assumes a key role for these legacies, both within religious communities, (these assets can never be attributed to a single owner or to the will of a single subject), and outside the communities of consecrated life, for the social value. , historical and cultural that these assets have in their contexts. The surplus monastic sectors, realities common to all Europe, can thus become occasions for participatory planning workshops and factories of territorial democracy, in a public re-appropriation of goods resulting from donations and the generosity of the faithful and created by the Church for the purpose of good publicity, especially of the most fragile, as Pope Francis has repeatedly emphasized.