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Politecnico di Milano, May 30, 2019: From Sound Engineering to Engineering with Sound + DICA goes to Maremma

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Aula Citrini, 4PM-7PM (the actual time within this range will be confirmed ASAP).

Thursday, May 30, Politecnico di Milano will host a very peculiar event. This will be a lecture where a talk about sustainability on inner rural areas of Southern Tuscany will be mixed with live music performed by a rock-blues band based in the same region, and with the authors of the studies playing with the band.

The event has also been inserted in the official program of the third edition of the Sustainability Festival (running at the national level with numerous events from May 21 to June 6, 2019).

Confirmation of participation should be sent to info@pibinko.org or +39 3317539228 by May 29, 2019.

From Sound Engineering to Engineering with Sound + DICA goes to Maremma

Andrea Giacomelli, Dario Canal, Wolfgang Scheibe, Simone Sandrucci, Alessandro Ceppi, Giuseppe Milleo

When we speak of sound and engineering we tend to think about audio experts, mixers, decibel, wattage etc. In this lecture we would like to speak about engineering made together with sound, and namely with music…how can music be, in addition to a cool background, an element integrated with the life cycle of projects and studies in the fields of land protection, promotion, and environmental sustainability.

1-11-18, the JBCM in Sassofortino, Southern Tuscany

Namely, we will be presenting the case of the Jug Band dalle Colline Metallifere (JBCM, i.e. Metalliferous HIlls Jug Band). This is an inter-generational and international musical collective based in Southern Tuscany, founded in March 20017. The JBCM is active in the production of events where live music, monitoring, and outreach on environment and territory are intertwined so as to create a (typically acoustic) pleasing, entertaining, and instructive experience, which the group called “geomusic“.

The collective was given this name in September 2018, after about a year of experiments involving two young professional rockers (with three albums and hundreds of live concerts in their roster), and two professionals with a different core expertise (but a musical track record adequate to make them not feel shy on stage). One of the senior professionals is actually an environmental engineer and a PhD with 25 years of experience on geographic information systems applied to multiple international projects; the other professional has almost fifty years of experience in biodynamic agriculture, working as a consultant in Germany, Italy, and Maghreb.

The combination of music and technical expertise, especially on environment and agriculture, is the peculiarity of the JBCM project, combining melody, rhythm, cultural and environmental outreach in one situation (which can be related to Sustainable Development Goals 4, 11, and 12, for those of you into this topic).

In the same performance you can dance with a rock ‘n’ roll song, make light pollution measurements within international citizen science projects, join the chorus yelling “ahi ahi ahi….il vino neerooooo” , and eventually learning that half of the songs to which your were shaking your feet were, in fact, speaking of issues of your grandfathers in their rural settings, or of your friend who recently graduated, and had to leave his country to find a job.

A portion of the Farma Valley, half way between Siena and Grosseto, in Southern Tuscany

The lecture will also be the opportunity to present a summary of a mission that a team from DICA (the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano) will be having on May 10-11-12 in Southern Tuscany. They will be installing a weather station in the Farma Valley, as the consolidation of a set of mapping and monitoring activities undertaken by valley residents and visitors since 2007. Such activities have been developing in the years, through a combination of research, citizen science and territorial marketing projects (which have been presented at various stages in Politecnico di Milano in 2011, 2015, 2017, and 2018). Interestingly, the Jug Band Colline Metallifere represents one of the communication avenues for these projects, and these initiatives share some of the people creating and managing these activities (and the same people will be giving the lecture).

Last but not least, this will be yet another opportunity to learn about the PORGEP2019 program, and how you may collaborate with projects which will be showcased.

The poster for the JBCM geomusical tour in Germany, via Politecnico.

On this occasion we will have the full Jug Band Colline Metallifere, since they will be in transit by Milano for a tour in Germany, with four gigs in the Stuttgart area. The lecture will thus be an opportunity to learn about a diverse range of activities, and to attend a very, very peculiar event.

For more information: info@pibinko.org

Apr. 20, Talks on Protection and Promotion of the Night Sky in Scansano, Tuscany

Following the event in Tatti (Southern Tuscany), and the presentation of the first verison of the community map of its surroundings, and in the context of a rich program of events through June (pending further updates), you are invited in Scansano, Southern Tuscany for an afternoon with the pibinko.org network.

The event will have a focus on the BuioMetria Partecipativa project and its interdisciplinary approach to promotion and protection of the night sky, but also the other typical elements of the pibinko.org “gigs” will be available.

Per informazioni bmp@pibinko.org o 3317539228.

May 4, 2019: the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band live @ Caffe’ Ricasoli, Grosseto, Tuscany

Between 7PM and 10PM at Caffè Ricasoli, in Grosseto, Southern Tuscany. Featuring Peter Crivelli, an extraordinary character with an extraordinary story (and a very good country blues, and ballads repertoire).

See also http://jugbandcm.it for more details on the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band and their upcoming mission to Germany, via Politecnico di Milano.

Thu. Apr 11, 2019: Valdicecina trekking in Larderello (Pisa). A conference and a guided tour

Next Thursday, April 11, pibinko will be part of the speakers at a conference on “New itineraries, new navigation and promotion portals, new communication strategies. A presentation of projects and tools for the local Tourism System”. Here is an excerpt of the flyer.

On this occasion I will give a short talk on the work I have been carrying out in the past two years for IRIS Ambiente and Idealcoop, concerning the new design of the trail system for Unione Comuni Alta Valdicecina. I will also be providing some hints about the peculiarities of the network we have created, collaborating with various experts and local guides.

For more information on this specific activity: info@pibinko.org. For information on the overall event: eventi@cosvig.it

Considering other pibinko.org projects, we might say that we have been partly map(pear)ing the Cecina Valley and its spaces, even though in this phase there has been more mapping, compared to other work we do. Interestingly, in the same period and in the same area, I met various elements that helped me to launch new projects .

Milan, Fri. Apr 5, 2019: a reporto after the mission to Bruxelles

From 6.30PM to around 8PM come to Soul Food, via Gola 3 to…

Keywords for the evening will be Jug, Band, Hills, Metalliferous, Politecnico, Stuttgart, BuioMetria, geomusic (search any of these terms on the pibinko.org website to see more links).

Per informazioni info@pibinko.org o 3317539228

To give you a mood for the event, “Dreaming about the Vatican”, JBCM cover, Nov. 1, 2018:


Brescia, Italy, May 16, 2019: Interdisciplinary protection and promotion of the night sky: state of the art, action items, and visions

On May 16, 2019 in Brescia, Italy, there will be a conference concerning the interdisciplinary protection and promotion of night sky, elaborating on state of the art, action items, and visions.

The event is managed by the Department of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Brescia, the BuioMetria Partecipativa project -active since 2008 on the topics of the conference- and the pibinko.org network. This is composed by professionals with multiple years of international activity, and with a peculiar combination of expertise, intertwining culture, environment, open innovation, and arts.

The conference falls in the line of a recent series of initiatives developed in the context of a collaboration of the BMP project with the Italian Research Council’s Institute of Biometeorology and the Department of Biology at the University of Pisa, including an international symposium on the Island of Capraia in September 2018 and a national workshop in Florence in March 2019.

The conference will take place during the International Light Day celebrated by UNESCO, and has been accepted by the Charter of Architects and the Charter of Engineers in Brescia as valid for the issue of training credits.

For more information: bmp@pibinko.org or +393317539228

10 AM – Participant registration

10.15 AM – Opening speech by Roberto Ranzi, Rector’s Delegate for International Affairs

10.30 AM – Andrea Giacomelli, pibinko.org network and BuioMetria Partecipativa coordinator: Connecting cities and rural areas to redefine the perception of light at night.

11.30 AM – Maria d’Amore, Light pollution and energy saving. The experience by Regione Emilia-Romagna.

12.30 PM Discussion

1PM Lunch break

2.30 PM Federico Giussani, Photgrapher, “When the shot is hot: emotion and analytics in night photography

3.30 PM Operational proposals, options for collaboration, and discussion

4.30 PM Conclusion

The conference will be chaired by Olivia Long from the University of Brescia.

In addition to the program presented in the flyer, from 6PM to 8PM we are considering an outreach event (venue to be confirmed).

Conference topics

• Overview of the protection and promotion of night skies (light pollution causes, effects, and mitigation strategies);

• Current regulatory framework, and options for improvement deriving from the research sector;

Experiences in the creation of value in from night skies (star parks, astro-tourism and other activities at night).

• Interdisciplinary initiatives, participatory methods, and citizen science for light planning, deriving from Italian and international experiences;

• Interaction with the conference participant, and wrap-up session;

• Sharing of operational proposals for 2019-2020, including the possibility of triggering collaborations with the participants.

For more information: bmp@pibinko.org or +393317539228