Reggio Calabria is a town in southern Italy. On the 9th of October 2014, the compulsory administration of Reggio Calabria was unanimously approved by the Italian Council of Ministers. Anna Maria Cancellieri, Minister of the Italian Home Office at the time, announced it at a press conference. She spoke of it as an agonizing decision aimed to give back to citizens the legality without which a development would be impossible.
The decision is historic: for the first time in Italy a district and administrative center is supervised. Altough Reggio Calabria was a short step from disarray, the 250 pages of report of the “Commissione di Accesso” (with over 3000 pages of attachment) lead the Council of Ministers to the termination of the town council on the score of criminal conspiracy. In fact, most of the pages demonstrate the connection between the town council and the ‘ndrangheta. And so the Age of “modello Reggio“ is over. After ten years of monopoly by the right wing by Giuseppe Scopelliti (from 2002 to 2010) first, and then Demetrio Arena during the following two years (2010-2012). The project RC 12 14 carried out by Fabio Itri is a look on the town after the “modello Reggio”, a city portrait that describes Reggio Calabria over these two years of compulsory administration.