Sustainable architecture and eco-design for an educational building site at the Placanica Factory

Culture of lawfulness and green economy: an important project in the heart of Greek Calabria

Sustainable architecture and eco-design for an “educational building site” at the Placanica Factory of Pentedatillo, which will be active from October 16 to 18.

During three intense days of work the architect Elena Trunfio will update participants on the basic principles of eco-design and sustainable planning, coordinating them through practical activities such as the creation of pieces of furniture with recycled materials, many of which will be reemployed in the structures belonging to a “network of hospitality” owned by the Ecofactory.

A rather unique experience of “learning ecology” aimed at providing participants with all the necessary skills to carry out the devising and modeling of pieces of furniture according to the principles of minimal waste and low environmental impact.

This “educational building site” is one of many initiatives undertaken in the eleven hectares in the district of Placanica that have been confiscated to ‘ndrangheta and are now being used as the location of educational services and professional updating seminars on themes related to the industries of entertainment and tourism.

Placanica Factory

It is right in this area near Melito di Porto Salvo, in the heart of Greek Calabria, that a project titled “Green economy and confiscated goods” has been recently set up. The project is financed by the Italian Department of Youth and National Civic Service, in the context of a plan of intervention called “Young people for the promotion of public goods”, aimed at the diffusion of a culture of lawfulness through the use of resources located in Calabria, Campania, Apulia and Sicily.

The project is kept alive by a network of different territorial entities, as it involves agricultural production, the microenterprise culture of agricultural transformation, rural and social receptivity, informed and responsible tourism, education to environmental sustainability and the promotion of our culinary and cultural heritage.

This important initiative promoted by the local office of Arci in Reggio Calabria has been launched in collaboration with the consortium Terre del Sole, to which the confiscated area has been assigned by the Township of Melito (also a partner of the project) for the next five years, with the cooperative associations La Nostra Terra, CiSMe, Arci Turismo  and with the associations Artemide and Next.

The project was presented in April and is open to young people in the 13-35 years age bracket, in possession of a regular High school or University degree, who come from one of the so called Convergence regions. Its main objective is the promotion of Placanica Factory, with a view to spreading the culture of self-sustainability and enabling the community to exploit the full potential of this location.

The initiative, financed in the context of the “non-profit agreement for youth organization”, will consist of eight micro-phases in the course of eight months. Its objectives are quite ambitious, as it has the main purpose of increasing youth participation in the field of green economy by letting them make use a confiscated good in order to make it productive through sustainability and a vehicle of social development.

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