School activates resources. Education and culture to develop the suburbs
The Polisocial project developing social cohesion and awareness of the common good
The “School Activates Resources” (SCAR) project, one of the winners of the Polisocial Award 2017 for the development of urban suburbs, focuses on school and culture as key drivers in developing the local area and social cohesion.
The project originated from an analysis of the outermost zones of Milan’s 4th and 5th municipalities, which are characterised by isolated neighbourhoods and a significant decline in public building, causing fragmentation and dereliction.
The goal is to educate people about urban heritage, starting with the local area, by making conscious use of new technologies. By involving the public in a model of shared knowledge, the project aims to cultivate a feeling of belonging to the neighbourhood, an awareness of active citizenship and a sense of responsibility in safeguarding the public good, particularly among young people.
Work in suburban schools will take the form of workshops presented by experts, educators and teachers, as well as local associations from the area. This will provide an authentic training model based on the project and its realisation.
The pupils will be involved in an in-depth study of the area. They will study dedicated itineraries to take them into the neighbourhoods in an immersive experience. Like urban gaming, they will be encouraged to interview residents, take photos, shoot videos and make maps and models of the area. They will be provided with technological tools for photo modelling, drones to carry out surveys and augmented-reality simulators. All their work will then be shared, primarily on social media, making them real digital storytellers, involving them and developing their personal skills, ideas, experiences and values.
The innovative and inclusive multidisciplinary project aims to be a model that can be replicated by other teachers in other schools.
The project’s scientific director is Nicoletta Di Blas, from the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering. Also participating are Camilla Casonato, Bertrando Bonfantini and Daniele Villa from the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies and Valeria Pracchi from the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering.