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Posts tagged ‘Prato’

The other city growing in Prato

Whilst the city center of Prato (Italy) lives an incredible calm and elegant touristic age, his industrial zone grows around the swarming Chinese community who is running the biggest fast-fashion district of Europe. A new city is developing from every single factory inner space: commercial, productive and residential activities overlap in the same place and display an intense urban environment. As a temporary answer to the changing productive society’s needs, both public and private streets and courtyards are full of street vendors and hawkers.  Is this only an effect of an accelerationist city or is it the chance to plan an alternative future for contemporary European cities? Read more

Postcards from productive territories: industrial districts

#7 Prato

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Il distretto «degli stracci» di Prato ha subito negli ultimi vent’anni una profonda metamorfosi in ragione delle mutate condizioni macroeconomiche e di settore: verticalizzazione, integrazione della filiera, chiusura di piccole aziende, maggior peso a sperimentazione e innovazione, diverso rapporto con il territorio che investe ormai l’intera piana Firenze-Prato-Pistoia. Read more