Developed between the first and second post-war periods as a working-class district - thanks to the railway station on the Milan-Bologna line and the Reggiane industrial complex - the area of Santa Croce then underwent a progressive abandonment, becoming a sort of "ghetto district" with the highest percentage of citizens of migrant origin (over 32%, while the municipal average is 17%).
The elderly residents (equal to about 16% of the more than 4,300 inhabitants of the district), custodians of the memory of the territory, are in turn isolated in this district isolated from the rest of the city, and are particularly affected by the disruptive effects of the pandemic emergency (source: "Atlante dei Quartieri" of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia).
Today the area is experiencing a strong contrast: on the one hand the decay of the disused and abandoned industrial area, on the other an important and strategic urban regeneration intervention promoted by the municipal administration, which has made it a center of innovation and creativity. The Loris Malaguzzi International Center and the Parco Innovazione created in the abandoned buildings of the former Officine Reggiane are active in the area; it was also planned the future transfer of the Remida Centre to the Ex Mangimificio Caffarri headquarters in via Gioia, a few steps away from the International Center Loris Malaguzzi.
The project, selected by Intesa Sanpaolo within the Formula initiative in collaboration with Cesvi Foundation, aims to launch a dynamic series of Regener-actions, starting with the protagonism of all citizens - different in age, skills, cultures.
Regener-actions intends to rediscover contexts and places that are still little used or abandoned in the neighborhood through an inclusive and intergenerational path of appointments and workshops on the theme of sustainability, enhancing both Remida's experience in sustainability education and the experience of Fondazione Reggio Children in projects for the wellbeing of communities.
Regener-actions will strengthen the actions already in place in that area of the city but will also bring something new, starting from the theme of sustainability in terms of good daily practices (attention to consumption, savings, care for one's own territory and separate waste collection), and quality relationships with their community.
What is sustainability and how does it help us feel part of a community?
The project, lasting 18 months, therefore includes 16 workshop meetings, 2 public city events, 4 seminars and 4 Remida corners with waste materials and books to be put back into circulation. The workshops provide for the meeting of old and new skills in tailoring, in the creation of furniture with waste materials, in storytelling workshops, to name a few.
The strategy that Regenerazioni will implement is to create a Working Group which, together with the staff of Fondazione and Remida, will gradually take decisions on what to do. It will be a working group made up of residents of the neighborhood, who therefore know its resources, needs and problems, and heterogeneous (young and old, mothers and fathers, including those of foreign origin, attentive to the issue of disabilities).
350 children and young adults
from 3 to 14 years old
50 children and young adults
with special rights
of children aged 0/14
150 remote beneficiaries
who will be able to take advantage of some initiatives held online for a greater inclusiveness
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