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

La polveriera

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Italy
City: 
Reggio Emilia

Language for original content:

Project elaborated in partnership: 
Yes

Partners:

Submitted by: 
ICESP
Start/End date: 
01/2010
Ongoing: 
Yes
Expected end date: 
04/2019

Type of funding:

ICESP - Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

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La Polveriera
Description: 

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.

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.