INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM “Urban Thinkers Campus – Communities’ Sustainable eXperience. Solutions for sustainable, resilient, inclusive and accessible regeneration of rural communities enabling low carbon footprint lifestyles and businesses.”
In the picturesque core of Sicily, the Madonie region and its 21 municipalities emerge as authentic gems of natural beauty and culture. Within this unique context, the MaLL – Madonie Living Lab – initiative unfolds, poised to redefine the concept of sustainable development in Italy’s inland areas. Housed in the former Convent of the Reformed Fathers in Petralia Sottana (PA), the Madonie, with their rich cultural heritage and moving scenic and architectural beauty, provide fertile ground for a cutting-edge experiment that harmonizes tradition and innovation.
The Living Lab offers the Madonie a chance to rejuvenate by merging tradition and innovation to tackle challenges such as depopulation, sustainability, and development. Experts and communities collaborate for a future in which modernity and history coexist. The Madonie contribute their ancient traditions to innovative solutions: sustainable agriculture, resource management, responsible tourism, and energy communities. The Lab aims to revitalize the local economy while preserving uniqueness and inspiring other local and non-local communities.
A key event within the Madonie Living Lab is the International Conference “Urban Thinkers Campus – Communities’ Sustainable eXperience. Solutions for sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and accessible regeneration of rural communities enabling low carbon footprint lifestyles and businesses,” taking place from September 22nd to 24th, 2023, in a hybrid format—both online and in-person.
In the rich event schedule, a particularly noteworthy seminar titled “Energy Communities in the Madonie: The New Frontier of Sustainable Energy. A Dialogue between Architectural Technology and Law” will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, at 9:30 AM.
The event is organized by prof. Tiziana Campisi and her PhD student Luisa Lombardo, respectively Associate Professor of Technical Architecture and PhD Student at the University of Palermo, Department of Architecture.
The seminar serves as a discussion forum on energy communities, involving experts and participants. It explores how these communities promote energy efficiency and sustainability through practical examples from various parts of Italy. The seminar features expert sessions, panel discussions, and interactions with the audience. It showcases cases like the Municipality of Roseto Valfortore, engaging citizens, businesses, and institutions in sharing energy resources and reducing environmental impact. The seminar fosters dialogue and inspiration for new initiatives in sustainable energy models.