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Tue. Dec. 11, 2018, waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest with BuioMetria at the Aio’ Cafe y Restaurante (Madrid)

For the second last event for the “waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest” series, here we are in Madrid for the second time in eleven days.

Meet us at 9PM at the Aio´ Cafe Restaurante Aio’, Corredera baja de San Pablo 25, Madrid. This is quite close to the Gran Via Metro (note: this metro stop is closed…you will find your way).

We will be presenting the events mentioned in the post subject, and possibly will give some space to topics related to Sardinia, since I spent five years working on the Island, and over 25 relating to it for non-touristic reasons.

Probably we will be there before (ideally by 8PM).

If you like to come, we would appreciate if you could let us know by noon Dec. 11: info@pibinko.org

Capo Marrargiu (between Alghero e Bosa) early in the morning, Sardinia, around 2000

This initiative is brought to you by the BuioMetria Partecipativa project, in Madrid with partial support by the Stars4all HORIZON2020 project

Dec. 1, 2018 – Bar Cerveceria Sidi – Waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest with BuioMetria in Madrid

The Madrid meet-up with the info point about  BuioMetria Partecipativa , waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest,  is on Dec. 1 at 9PM at Bar Cerveceria Sidi, in Calle Colón , angolo Calle del Barco.
Pibinko will have a (small) desk space with outreach material to explain, first of all, the light pollution issue…then we will see. We plan to close the info point by midnight.

The first announcement of the event, made yesterday, started flowing through the capital, leading to the creation of long lines of people interested as seen below:

Madrileños lining up waiting for tonight’s outreach event at 9 PM, Sidi Bar….not (but the place we found is interesting).

For more information: info@pibinko.org

Waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest in Madrid

As per the promotion plan of the Third Farma Valley Winter Fest (in Southern Tuscany Dec 14-16, this year also hosting the Tuscan conference of amateur astronomer associations, including some international guests), we have an event scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018) in Madrid, Spain.

The situation is kind of fluid, but not chaotic: at present the venue and the time are not yet defined. However this is an event taking shape a long way from home, and in a city where I was last time in 2004. So bear with me if some details will arrive last minute. For the moment I can say the event will be after 8PM.

Should you be in Madrid, and interested in participating, please write to  info@pibinko.org to have more details as soon as they are available, or check the pibinko.org/news section during the afternoon of Saturday.

If you are interested in the Farma Valley Winter Fest (Southern Tuscany, Dec. 14-16 2018), please check: http://www.pibinko.org/fvwf3/  , noting that not all content is available in English, as per this note.

Meanwhile, some cool live music (in addition to the  Seguridad Social, branobag).

Temporary slow-down for English translations on the pibinko.org website

On pibinko.org we normally publish all content in Italian and English (and occasionally in other languages).

From mid-November through Christmas we are having an acceleration in the publication of blog posts and site pages due to the combination of various activities. Primarily we are accelerating towards the Third Farma Valley Winter Fest, managing the pilot phase of the M(‘)appare Milano 2 campaign with BuioMetria Partecipativa (launched with a lecture at Politecnico di Milano on Nov. 22, 2018), and warming up for the next gigs of the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band.

For this reason we cannot insure the immediate translation of out news into English.

After the events we will provide some summary in Englisgh.

Meanwhile, if you do not read Italian (and do not have a friend who does) but you are interested in learning more of what is happening, you may contact  info@pibinko.org  for clarifications in English, French, Portuguese, and German.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

Nov. 16, 2018: Repubblica.it -A milder climate and artificial lighting alter tree resting

With and interview to Luciano Massetti (National Research Council Institute of Biometeorology), with whom we collaborate since 2014 on the BuioMetria Partecipativa project.

https://www.repubblica.it/ambiente/2018/11/16/news/clima_piu_mite_e_luce_artificiale_alterano_il_riposo_degli_alberi-211866220/

For more information: bmp@pibinko.org

Nov. 15, 2018- Do artificial lights alter the “rest” of the trees? (Italian Research Council press release)

This is a press release by the Italian Research Council, presenting the publication by Luciano Massetti about “Assessing the impact of street lighting on Platanus x acerifolia phenology” Published on Urban Forestry & Urban Greening in August 2018.

The press release was abridged by some national media,  not mentioning the other organisations with which CNR IBIMET collaborates on the topic of light pollution (namely, the University of Pisa and the BuioMetria Partecipativa project).

Find here the full press release (in Italian, for the moment).

Platanus x acerifolia under street lights (source: CNR)

Thu. Nov. 22, 2018: Planning the upper half of the landscape at Politecnico di Milano with the BuioMetria Partecipativa project

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 from 2.30PM to 3.30PM with the landscape planning  course at the Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano (via Bonardi),  there will be a seminar on  Planning the “upper half of the landscape” (pianificare l’altra metà del paesaggio, in Italian) where we will explain the BuioMetria Partecipativa point of view on this topic. The lecture will be given in English (as all of the course lectures).
This is not the first time that BuioMetria Partecipativa goes to Politecnico (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017), nor is it the first time that we speak to architects (2014, Summer School in Porto). However this is the first time that we speak to architects from Politecnico, and for a Politecnico MS Engineer (and PhD) this is news.
As I think of it, actually it is not even the first time in this respect. The Politecnico Architecture Faculty hosted the final event of the m(‘)appare Milano campaign (a localized version of an OpenStreetMap mapping party), which interestingly happened in the same months when the BuioMetria Partecipativa project was being written. You may check this page on m(‘)appare and this video for a coverage of the first round of the mapping campaign (Apr. 6, 2008).

The closing of the m(‘)appare Milano campaign at the Faculty of Architecture, Politcnico di Milano (Jul. 3, 2008)

Independently of open data nostalgia (or the sense of putting a project in a perspective) please see below the abstract for next week’s seminar. Should you not be able to attend, but interested in learning more about these topics or sharing your views, please write to bmp@pibinko.org.
Planning the Upper Half of the Landscapa – A. Giacomelli

Montemassi Castle, Southern Tuscany, with the Milky Way and some populated places – F. Giussani 2015.

People are often used to think of landscape planning as a discipline involving elements with a connection to the ground, with the sky being merely a backdrop to our projects and our operations.

However, at night, lighting networks and installations have an impact on the conditions of night sky which is not only aesthetic (i.e. the reduction of our ability to contemplate a starry sky due to the excess of upward lighting), but also has significant impacts on ecology, astronomy, health and safety, and energy management.
In this respect, the night sky as “the upper half of the landscape” acquires an unprecedented relevance, and suggests planning indications that we can relate to elements we control on the ground.
Interestingly, we will find that mitigation actions on light pollution are not in conflict with lighting levels ensuring safety and security, and that a higher awareness on the effects of artificial light at night will indicate new directions on guidelines and regulations, which planners may want to consider.
While such an awareness has been growing over the past twenty years, lighting installations are also changing very fast, and possibly not always in a direction which is in tune with recent research findings on the effects of artificial light a night. For this reason, there is a need to strengthen an interdisciplinary approach on the topic.
The talk will provide:
(1) an overview of the light pollution issue and measures to mitigate it from various angles
(2) a series of ideas on the sustainable exploitation of night skies as a resource for tourism and education
(3) the presentation of experiences by the speaker’s team, where students may also be involved in 2019.
……
Andrea Giacomelli, PhD in Hydrology (1997), MS in Environmental Engineering (1993)
After his academic studies (Politecnico di Milano and University of Gent, Belgium), he worked for five years in the environmental modelling group at the Sardinia Science and Technology Park, for eight years for an environmental engineering corporation based in Milano, and since 2011 is operating as a free lance based in Southern Tuscany.
His activities cover a part of “traditional” services (primarily consulting on Geographic Information Systems and IT issues), and a part of innovative projects concerning the interdisciplinary promotion of lesser known resources, combining culture, environment, and open innovation.
His flagship initiative in the environmental sector is the BuioMetria Partecipativa project. Launched in 2008, this includes citizen science for night sky monitoring, outreach, and other efforts, primarily directed to the promotion of inner rural areas. Starting as a small community-based endeavour, the project has eventually triggered interesting developments, obtaining awards, frequent national media visibility, and de facto stimulating the birth of a national interdisciplinary network with significant international relations.
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Nov. 14, 2018 – BuioMetria 2018: the Countdown starts with Amish from Jack White (Il Tirreno Grosseto edition)

This is an Italian newspaper, but the title might be a Blade Runner-like neolanguage, considering “con” as the English adjective, “il” for “Illinois” and “parte” as a typo or a creole version for  “party”.

Dario Canal and his Detroit friend, Alessio Ritchie, have the onus and bonus of opening the countdown to the Third Farma Valley Winter Fest.

Nov. 15, 2018 “Waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest” + BuioMetria @ Hotel Lombardi, Florence

Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6PM to 8PM at Hotel Lombardi in Florence(via Fiume, very close to S. Maria Novella train station), we will hold the first of a series of events to launch the Third Farma Valley Winter Fest (Dec. 14-16  see details).

In addition to providing a sneak peek on the festival, which is a melting pot promoting lesser know assets in the fields of culture, environment, and open innovation, there will be a focus on the  BuioMetria Partecipativa project, for the participatory monitoring of light pollution and night sky quality.

The event will be coordinate by Andrea Giacomelli, PhD, creator of the Winter Fest (and of the BuioMetria Partecipativa project), and co-hosted by Vincenzo Albanese.

Confirmation of your participation is appreciateb by Nov. 15, noon CET via e-mail to info@pibinko.org. The same address is valid for enquiries.