The city of Prato is lucky enough to be crossed by a river, the Bisenzio. Since its origins it has a very strong and unbreakable bond with it which has determined the economy and the conformation of the city: from Roman and Etruscan times with the first settlements in Gonfienti, to the medieval times with the fourteenth-century walls, to the development of the market place for trade, foothills villas and farms almost touching the river bank, up to the recent industrial and manufacturing complexes. The river is set up as a kind of buffer between the densely urbanised city to the west and the areas of great natural and landscape value to the east. The city lives and feeds just on this ongoing dialogue.
Citizens of Prato were called to participate in the redevelopment and redesign of the 18km of the Bisenzio riverbanks to promote their transformation into an urban wellness park. In 2017 I was commissioned by the local city council to chronicle the Riversibility participatory process with photographs, multimedia films and live streamings from meetings and workshops. Contents were shared live on the Riversibility social media channels so that active citizens could connect with them immediately. A full video gallery is available on the Riversibility official Facebook page.
Riversibility is a project of Comune di Prato in partnership with IRIS and Simurg Ricerche, ASL Toscana Centro, and Società della Salute Toscana.