La Gualchiere di Remole Fulling Mill

Bagno a Ripoli, Florence (Ongoing)

Dating to Medieval times, the Gualchiere Fulling Mill tapped the Arno River for power used to treat wool cloth. Founded in the mid-1300s, the site was chosen to avoid more polluted waters downriver in Florence. In time a larger complex evolved including river barriers, a series of water-gates directing water to the millpond and to a little harbor. The medieval character of the buildings is still preserved to this day in the support structure and two-crenelated towers.

International Traditional Knowledge Institute and Traditional Knowledge World Bank

Florence (Ongoing)

On 11th of May, 2010, the Statutes of the UNESCO International Traditional Knowledge Institute were formally signed by the Founding Members, Pietro Laureano (IPOGEA Italy), Paolo del Bianco ( Fondazione del Bianco and Life Beyond Tourism Italy), Luciano Bartolini (Mayor of Bagno A Ripoli, Firenze) and Michael Carrington (Maria Nobrega Foundation). Dr Vandana Shiva is the First Honorary President Emeritus of The Institute. Mrs Elizabeth Tsakiroglou was elected by the Executive Board as the First International President of the Institute.

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