How can traditional handicraft production be brought back to an historic centre?

The Florence Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte (OMA), together with the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, commissioned LAMA to carry out a feasibility study to check the condition of the artistic craftsmanship enterprises in the Florentine area, useful for the definition of a model to support the (re)establishment of these enterprises in the Historic Centre of Florence, with the dual objective of supporting the sector and providing an opportunity to relaunch the city.

The study was carried out through the analysis of regulations and context data concerning the Florentine artistic handcraft sector, a questionnaire to the companies of the OMA network, interviews to local stakeholders, a desk research of European best practices on resettlement projects. Possible scenarios were then drawn up, with relative risks and opportunities, for models to support artistic craftwork, favouring its settlement in the historic centre.