Due to the pandemic, lives are now hybrid, boundaries between real and virtual worlds are blurred and intertwined. Working, studying and partying occur in the same place, and the need of a place where to escape from constantly changing realities becomes more and more felt. Refuges are seen as a gathering point, open-to-everyone hubs for collaboration, creation and exchange of ideas and experiences, where real life communication, art and design are configured as vital elements to socialize and keep contact with other humans. Creative Collective refuge is located in Bova, a small Italian town. Cities are also inspiring elements for design, repurposing abandoned areas and boosting sustainable development.