La Polveriera: recycling old military warehouses into a vibrant space for civic and social initiatives

La Polveriera
Type of organisation or company
Reggio Emilia
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ICESP - Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
La Polveriera

The "Polveriera" is an urban regeneration project conceived by the "Consorzio Oscar Romero" and social cooperatives:

Coress - Il Piccolo Principe - L'Ovile - Elfo - Dimora d'Abramo - Anemos - New Harvest

together with other companies, associations and local bodies.

The initiative aims to redevelop an existing neighborhood ("Mirabello") at risk of degradation, through the regeneration of a part of a structure used as a weapons warehouse during the Second World War, acquired on free loan.

The regeneration allowed to start a series of initiatives on the concerned area:

  • disability and for asylum seekers services
  • coworking
  • employment agency
  • cultural and socio-occupational space
  • civic hall
  • multipurpose hall
  • cooperative
  • trade activities of organic products and short production chain.

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Main results

The regeneration of derelict ancient warehouses made possible the development of an appropriate space for civic, economic and social community initiatives which are sustainable and inclusive.