Bologna will be the Outdoor Capital

9 November 2012

For a long time Bologna has been wondering about which urban furnishing represents a correct classification of the historic center. The comparison of the dehors of the public businesses is therefore highly topical. Therefore, the Municipality of Bologna has prepared a new Regulation on the dehors, which from next year will introduce legislation and clear solutions to regulate this matter, and that could be a reference for other situation, in Italy and abroad.
It will result a huge change, on a large scale, where the dynamics must be understood, designed and shared and that, only during the 2013, it also represents a great economic value, estimated at around 20 million euro of total spending, to adapt or install more than 600 outdoor structures for public businesses.

Here hence the idea of Bologna Fiere and the Gruppo Sabatini - organizer of SAIE3, the International Exhibition of windows, doors, shutters and finishings interiors and exteriors that will be held in Bologna Fiere from 28th February to 2nd March, 2013 - to create, in collaboration with the Municipality of Bologna, a great event that focuses the attention of urban furnishing in relation to the upcoming news.
The event, which is parallel and complementary to SAIE3, will be able to involve all the protagonists of this process and to focus the international attention on Outdoor theme in Bologna, who wants to be a model town, where change is possible and quickly actualized due to cooperation and an open confrontation.

To make of Bologna the Outdoor Capital its have already been designed the first basic initiatives:
- With reference to the squares and pedestrianized streets or high pedestrian identified by the Municipality of Bologna, the organizers of SAIE3, in collaboration with merchants, intend to build and show, from 26th February to 10th March 2013, models of new dehors, in particular the type B and C according to the Regulation, that are those with more complex construction.
- The prototype-projects of dehors to install will be carefully selected to provide examples that fully comply with the new normative criteria and to the need of compatibility between quality and artistic heritage.
- The Municipality of Bologna will promote a conference on the theme of urban furnishing, its future transformation, the impact on the town, with a particular focus on the dehors of the public businesses of the food sector, where will be invited the other Italian Municipalities for a comparison on the theme.
- Will be largely involved the media, both the specialist and design magazines, as well as more generalist, to emphasize the importance of the event.

The project is ambitious and with rapid realization times. Just so it will be possible nominate Bologna to play a key role for ideas and projectuality related to the Outdoor.