A short take on the objective of the workshop: Connected Communities - Rural Renaissance
RURAL RENAISSANCE : ALTERNATIVES TO URBANISATION THROUGH LOCAL RESILIENCE
1. THE FACT :
The ongoing process of urbanisation poses threats to rural and peripheral areas in many parts of the world seemingly condemning them to progressive obsolescence and decay when they are in fact not only the lungs of our cities but also the possible link to genuine man-nature balance through technological and social innovation - examples exist but need to be multiplied strategically.
2. THE TREND :
There is a number of reasons that could raise our interest in the regeneration and redefinition of village habitat. A major one is that you do not have to be in cities any more to enjoy their offerings. On one side villages are human-centric and to a large extent environmentally friendly, if one considers they could be self sufficient rather than dependent on their urban neighbours. On the other side this self sufficiency is supported and promoted by global connections of unprecedented scale.
The village functional logic coincides with some major societal challenges and opportunities which leads to the need to revisit, reinvent and revitalise the inherent virtues of village life.
3. THE PATH :
The way to redefine the importance and integration of villages in mainstream progress agendas, can benefit from the observable phenomena in the digital and online economy, where open source and participatory cocreation has generated unprecedented transformations. Emulating this change, design is gradually learning to become a process rather than a dictat - Participatory design is the way to go. Furthermore we can demonstrate prototypical situations that combine this cluster of structured needs with existing opportunities and schemes of intervention (sharing best practice).
Background - Subject :
The conference has the almost ironical subject "Liveable cities" and starts from the assumption that cities in general are not really liveable. So the subtitle is "Promising vision or unrealistic fantasy?".
We will counteract the current limited fantasy based on urban competition and urban self - reference by talking about the new ways the urban world connects again to the rural world and thus new "liveable pockets" are created - which are characterised by many traits of the old village pattern, which is retrieved, transformed and enhanced for the 21st century. Our challenge is to convey the beauty AND the reality of this concept alike.
There is a number of reasons that could raise our interest in the regeneration and redefinition of village habitat. They resonate with many diverse social groups and lifestyles and their diverse needs that need to be integrated
Villages functional logic coincide with some major technological and social trends and opportunities. A major one is that you do not have to be in cities to enjoy their offerings. This needs to new options in gestalt and function, that should be outlined
(we should present a model of "21st century village structures".)
We can demonstrate prototypical situations that combine this cluster of structured needs with existing opportunities and schemes of intervention.
(We show the opportunities of various situation models we discussed)
Alternate titles for the Workshop
Villegiatura 2.0 ? - refering to the "city flight" in Renaiscance Venice after the loss of maritime supremacy, leading to the development of a progressive and spectacular development of settlement, craft and trade, a unique linkage between refined urban culture and countryside living (very much linked to the name of Andrea Palladio). 
RURAL RENAISSANCE seems to be the favorite for the title.
- the organizers took connected village, but we still can use Rural Renaiscance heavily in our parts.