Crowdfunding campaigns and festival initiatives are postponed as a consequence of the Covid-19 containment measures and will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Bottom Up! is the new Torino Festival of Architecture created by the Society of Architects and the Fondazione per l’Architettura / Torino. The goal is to spread knowledge about contemporary architecture and encourage practices of urban transformation from the bottom, with ideas springing forth from the community and materializing through crowdfunding actions.
Bottom Up! is an urban experiment with the direct involvement of communities. Private citizens, schools, artists, collectives, committees, associations, companies and designers can nominate a proposal and participate in the call expiring January 16, 2020.
Starting from February, the authors of the selected projects will be offered a training course focused on urban regeneration, storytelling, crowdfunding and the social media: four key tools to make their concepts materialize.
The selected projects become the backbone of the Bottom Up! Festival which will support them all along the process and communicate their progress step by step. The festival mission is to nurture successful projects, therefore a successful festival will guarantee the projects success.
The crowdfunding campaigns launched on April 1 will continue through the festival from 1 to 10 May 2020. The first seven days focused on the festival themes will feature seven evenings in seven different places in the city to tell the story of the transformations taking place. The last three days are dedicated to the selected projects. Starting from the first of the final three days (May 8th), Bottom Up!! places will be opened to the public and activated by the proposing teams with previews, unveiling, telling and sharing of the meanings of the proposed transformation. The second day (May 9) will be devoted to the stories of people who have developed similar practices. Finally, during the last day, the projects of Bottom Up!! will become the absolute protagonists of a major final public event, which will close the crowdfunding campaigns and reveal which projects have received the greatest interest.
The festival programme
L’emergenza sanitaria spinge Bottom Up! non solo a spostare le iniziative su più prudenti canali digitali, ma anche a ridefinire i propri obiettivi facendosi osservatorio e laboratorio di idee sul futuro dopo la fine del lockdown.
Gli spazi creati per ospitare questo tipo di approfondimento sono la rubrica settimanale Bottom Up! LIVE sulla e il .
E se con l’emergenza sanitaria programma, date e format si ridefiniscono, l’obiettivo resta invece ben chiaro: mantenere viva l’opportunità di una riflessione condivisa sulle trasformazioni del territorio e sulle comunità bottom up, così come originariamente previsto.
Gli eventi di raccolta fondi organizzati dai progetti per promuovere le loro campagne, in programma dal 10 settembre al 3 novembre e nella cornice di Torino Design of the City:
Maurizio Cilli and Stefano Mirti are the two curators who will be working alongside the festival steering team. Their proposal was selected among 67 others through a call published in July 2019.
Here are their short profiles: