Placemaking With Zip Lines

Chuck Wolfe admires the creative thinking which has reinvented the dramatic setting between two Italian hill towns.

Wolfe shows how the Italian towns of Castelmezzano and neighboring Pietrapertosa continue to demonstrable their time-honored cooperation with their mountain settings with the "Flight of the Angel" zip wire.

Wolf asks, "While residents once exclusively lived off of the land, how can the Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa modernize their economies and simultaneously stay respectful of history and aesthetics?"

The Flight of the Angel website provides a partial answer, marrying new human activity with the ongoing setting: "[A] new concept allows use of creative environmental heritage answering a new need and a new understanding of leisure and recreation, tended increasingly to new experiences and to seek new emotions."

Wolfe concludes:

[T]o achieve other progressive retrofits in the way we live, use our land and travel, we should take seriously the innovative quality of "zip wire thinking."

Thanks to Chuck Wolfe

Full Story: Reinventing Cities With Zip Lines

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
Book cover of Unsprawl

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Explore visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies for building people-centered places.
Starting at $12.95
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.
$24.00