Abitare il Paese – La cultura della domanda

The project Abitare il Paese (Living the Country) promotes a culture of questions concerning the search for the meaning of the city through a territorial co-design path that involves children and young people from Italian schools, teachers and architects.

2018 - In progress

Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, durable and sustainable is one of the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Social marginalisation is one of the effects of urban inequality at a global level: not being considered as citizens fuels exclusion and discrimination. Thus, the need to start a research where children are the first protagonists since they are citizens of the present, users and authors of experiences in the city. Their involvement is not during the design phase, but in participating in the search for the meaning of the city, place of relationships and meetings, of daily life and feelings.

In 33 Italian pilot areas, children and young people aged 3-18 years old, together with tutors and architects, began a dialogued journey of reflection on the city of the future.

Walking, crossing the neighbourhoods and observing one’s own area were the starting point of the research on the meaning of city: each one according to their own experience, their own memories, adults and children together. Maps and drawings were created using the traces and clues collected, and these offered possible cues for the future of their city. They were exhibited in May 2019 in Rome at the final meeting of the first year of the project.

“It is important that architecture enters schools to generate a culture of questions concerning architecture, starting with the idea that people, and among them children and young people first, are at the centre of the city project.”

The questions and reflections that emerged during the path were the driving force behind the relaunch of the second edition of the research project for the year 2019-2020.

The National Council of Architects, Designers, Landscape Architects and Conservators in dialogue with Fondazione Reggio Children opened the second edition of the project to continue to raise awareness about the fact that architecture should be considered a collective good, starting with children and young people.

Year 2018/2019

33 pilot areas

100 architects

1600 children and teenagers

between 3 and 18 years old

53 schools

Year 2019/2020

126 architects

1396 children and teenagers

62 schools

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