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Character stone country villa beautifully restored in Abruzzo.

Country stone villa beautifully restored for sale, surrounded by 2.300 sqm garden. Very private location, in Abruzzo, Italy.

Beautiful country property of 300 sqm restored to very high standards. 2,300 sqm land, very private location. 200.000 €. View Property.

Lovely restored country house with character, near the coast.

Beautifully restored stone country house for sale: three bedrooms, fantastic vaulted ceilings and outdoor space. 19km from the coast and 40km from the airport. Abruzzo, Italy.

Three bedrooms, fantastic vaulted ceilings and outdoor space. 19km from the coast and 40km from the airport. Abruzzo. 189.000 €. View Property.

Charming apartment with terrace for sale in Molise, Italy.

Elegant apartment of 120 sqm with terrace for sale, situated in an historic building, in Molise region of Italy.

Beautiful elegant apartment of 120 sqm with terrace, situated in an aristocratic building dated back to the beginning of the 1800s. 65.000 €. View Property.

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Dreaming of a New Lifestyle After Coronavirus

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 Can we use the emerging COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to so some good and reset daily habits to be more sustainable? In these days of worries, lockdown, economic and sanitary crises all over the world, I have started to reflect on the fact that there is something wrong in our economic models and modern lifestyle. Eventually, I was very happy to find out that my thoughts were shared by many other people from completely different backgrounds.

Here in Italy, a few weeks ago the popular newspaper La Repubblica, published an interview with the famous architect Stefano Boeri, designer of the building Bosco Verticale in Milan.

The title of the interview resumes the architect’s point of view: “Via Dalle Città, nei vecchi borghi c’è il nostro futuro” (“Away from the cities, our future lies in the old hamlets”). In this interview, Stefano Boeri shared many of his ideas of a new lifestyle and a new possible economy. He concluded, “To go back to normality in which the causes and joint causes of this tragedy are rooted would be mass suicide.”

The same vision is also shared by another famous architect, Massimiliano Fuksas, interviewed by Elle Décor Magazine in which he declared: “The countryside is not to be considered a luxury, it must become an alternative for everyone.”

Our cities, once considered places of freedom, have turned out to be big prisons. Scientists say that this virus is weaker in the country. This is in part because of reduced social contact, lesser quantities of metal and plastics, as well as iodine-rich air in seaside resorts. The Apennines with their numerous abandoned villages offer the perfect opportunity to revive them. From an architectural perspective, this is closely linked to sustainable design, with approaches that can include renewable energy, water management, waste recycling and sustainable building materials. Escaping the city could therefore give life to beautiful places which are the spirit of Italy.

A few days later, I came across another interesting article embracing those ideas, but from a different point of view.

The article in question was written by Eros Tetti, President of Rete dei Comitati per la Difesa del Territorio (Network of Committees for the Defense of the Territory), therefore not the somehow abstract point of view of an architect, but the perspective of an activist and politician defending the territories. Eros in his articles says:

First of all, I am really pleased that finally we are looking upon rural areas as starting points. The time has come for the rural world, with its places and culture, to point us to a different model, a new kind of humanism, more naturalistic, territorial and communal to get going again.

We must leave behind us the world we know with its dehumanized system of densely populated cities, where wealth and power are in the hands of so few.

This very system has betrayed civil rights and shown violence of every kind in all corners of the world, transforming people into avid consumers thus compromising the planet and our survival. Today, more than ever, it is evident that we can no longer continue to have an economy whose very existence destroys the environment, exploiting its resources to the limit. Here we must reflect on the origin of Coronavirus and the necessity to recognize this limit. Understanding when to stop is to be found in rural areas and cultures which live with, and for the Land.

 

I felt encouraged and energized to discover that my thoughts were shared and also further explored by well-known people.

Yesterday I received from the UK a copy of Permaculture, a present from a client who kindly subscribed me to the magazine. The introduction of the summer edition of Permaculture, written by Maddy Harland, editor and founder of the magazine is focused on the current pandemic emergency, highlighting all the points already made by the Italians Boeri, Fuksas and Tetti.

I am pretty sure Maddy Harland has not read these Italian interviews or articles, but she shared the same vision when she writes: “Many of us are watching and thinking: Is this our chance, a pause in the relentless quest of the industrial growth model, the potential for a mass questioning of values, a reframing of the shallowness of wealth and consumerism, and a visceral appreciation of life’s preciousness? What really connects us are friends, family, being outside, clean air, clean water, enough food, gardening and gainful work.”

She concludes the long article saying: “My fear is that we will collectively leap back into escalating the economy and once again filling the skies with pollution as soon as we feel it is ‘safe’ to do so. But perhaps enough of us will have tested the purity of the morning air, savored the absence of frenzy, the new shoots in the garden greens, and will decide there is no going back. Will the agency of Corona be our longed-for opportunity for systemic change?”

Let us always remember that many are the threats, pandemics included, that hang over our heads: climate change, seismic risks, hydrogeological instability, polluted or exhausted aquifers, devastation of mountains and hills, deforestation, incinerators, urban development in virgin areas, pollution of the seas. The new course of action will depend on us and the choices we make.

Therefore, I really feel that we can turn our thoughts to a new start, a new lifestyle that begins in the countryside or in a small hamlet. A place where we can grow our vegetables and flowers, where the air is not polluted, where we don’t produce too much waste. A new life with slower rhythms, less ruled by money and consumerism, in harmony with our inner body and in harmony with nature. There is great opportunity for Covid-19 to accelerate a trend for better provision of outside spaces, improved connectivity in rural areas, and more sustainable building design.

A life where we can sleep more if we are tired, spend time outdoors if it’s sunny and warm or simply if we want to, eat fresh food and spend time cooking our own food. The real wealth is in the countryside, not in large cities, the real wealth is in a real life.