The 17th of December was a day to remember for the requalification of the Public Parc of Centocelle.
The project has faced great challenges but on Saturday,the joint work of different realities has brought a new beginning for a
small area situated between the old Osteria and the exAgip building. This achievement couldn’t be possible without to the active participation of several associations, namely la Comunità Parco Pubblico di Centocelle, l’Associazione Nuova Vita, i gruppi di immigrati delle associazioni Dorean Dote Onlus, CUB Immigrazione Confederazione Unitaria di Base, Unione inquilini and the LabGov Luiss. In the early morning,the environmental redevelopment begun,the hole group,equipped with gloves and trash bags had two main objectives in mind. Firstly,being this area the closest zone to the Metro station,one of the main goal was to mark a visible entrance path that could be undergo by the park’ users. A subsequent goal was to free the tunnel from all the forgotten objects, in fact, the “Galleria della metro di Mussolini”, is an unfinished project proposed in 1941 as variance of the Roma-Fiuggi railway. The Tunnel passes under the hole park and was used for many years as a landfill of old furnitures,unused clothes but also as a disreputable shelter; as a consequence it was of utmost importance to redefine and sensitize habitants and institutions over the importance of this historic masterpiece.
The following day, the association “Settimo Biciclettari” together with la Comunità per il Parco Pubblico di Centocelle,organized an exclusive visit inside the gallery for the ever first time. Despite all the dusty substances,the atmosphere of solidarity encouraged everybody to work hardly to achieve great results. Dozens of trash bags and hills of objects were accumulated. The only drawback of the day was the impossibility of Ama to pick up the material due to bureaucratic misunderstanding. The hill of object has not been removed from the Agip zone, this situation is a clear evidence of the continuous challenges that the project involves; governance of the commons is the ability to find solutions but also the willingness to promote citizens’ needs and discourage unsatisfied passive personalities that habitants might englobe when living in a metropolis like Rome. The park is a pure symbol of the wider inefficiencies of a city full of unavailable resources. This project shows that development and change are around the corner but its up to citizens to take care of it and to valorize what this city has to offer.
The second day of co-working session, held on October the 15th begun with Eloisa Susanna’s general outlook about other active projects, similar to #coRome, spread all over Italy.Eloisa,a young architect,rapidly commemorated the G124 project,launched by Renzo Piano in which great relevance is given to peripheral areas and the imperative need of maintenance trough micro-surgical interventions,this is what the Otranto project of 1979 was about.In general,this procedure implies two fundamental principles:first of all it has to be interest-based,secondly it has to be performed through a collaborative process that consist in framing and contextualizing the city of Rome and its surrounding territory,focusing on those areas that constitute a patrimonial identity.
Than,Claudio Gnessi explained the explosive role of the Ecomuseo Casino Ad Duas Lauros (www.ecomuseocasilino.it). This institution owns much to the “comunità di eredità” which actively engaged in several partecipative laboratories,with the common goal to define the space in which cultural and natural sites have previously been identified.The actual plan is focused in Tor Pignattara,a neighborhood where around 130 cultural resources were mapped,thanks to the fruitful work of a social network composed by inhabitants of that neighborhood but also public and private actors.It is important to underline the social consequence brought by this initiative:cooperation was promoted among different religious and cultural realities,unified by a shared interest and motivated by common moral values.
Right after the Labgovers productively engaged in a workshop that consisted in reporting on a widespread map four different topic developed with the aid of expert mentors and of Alessandra and Urio, the co-founders of the newborn Community for the Public Park of Centocelle.The participants were divided into four groups,namely:Mobility, Accessibility, Potentialities and Public Services.
The first group,”mobility”,identified which public transport are easily available both from the center and the outskirt of Rome:the main one are the “trenino laziale” and the tram “19”.Than the participants focused over the potentialities that the park could offer if,in one hand,the pedestrian accessibility was open on both sides of the park’s perimeter and,on the other side,the bicycle route,know as GRAB, could pass trough the park instead of in its proximity.
The second group,”accessibility”,listed more accurately all the potential resources that the park could make available.Surprisingly the V Municipal seems to be blessed by so many cultural sites that could re-animate the entire area from a touristic perspective,but also for the sole purpose of embellish the neighborhood.
A third group ,”potentialities”,brought to light many critical matters such as security and sanitary issues,in fact the park has several abusive occupied zone,not omitting the wasted paper and rubbish that pollutes the park everywhere.
The fourth group;”public services”,classified and mapped all the accessible public services around the PaC zone,such as churches, schools,parks,cultural attractions,theaters and cinemas.-
As it emerges from the images,the V Municipality has extraordinary potentialities,however,due to its marginalized position,its shabby’s first appearance,and the elevate conglomeration of immigrants and religious identities, its efficiency is completely unexploited and its integrity is gradually decreasing and deteriorating running the risk to fall in the oblivion.
The meeting ended up with Stefania Favorito’s speech over the importance of the park from an archaeological point of view,the park is surrounded by historical sites such as the Villa Ad Duas Lauros,il Forte Casino,la Villa della Piscina,la Vecchio Osteria,all dated back from the republican era until the XIX century,plus the natural resources of l’Agro Romano,il Canneto,l’Agri-Fauna and the whole park of Centocelle.It is important to be mature the awareness to understand what this park does symbolize for the cohabitants of the V Municipality, how this zone reflects their feeling of social marginalization and how this project give them the possibility to join a community in which moral and civic values are promoted and cooperation constantly active.( http://parcocentostelle.net )
On October the 14th, LabGov started the first co-working session in which Paola Santoro, an expert designer, exposed the “hero’s journey” having as protagonists Alessandra and Urio: the spokespersons of the raising Community of the Public Park of Centocelle. This is the #Co-Rome project (www.co-roma.it): an audacious initiative in which achievements and failures characterized the essence of the challenge.
The core topic of the meeting was to understand,also through creative games, what is “la facilitazione dei beni comuni”, more specifically how LabGov assisted the community as mentors, not imposing themselves as superior entities capable of solving problems, rather as an enterprising group that can offer them all the means to improve the environmental situation of a public park, with the common goal to fill-in the gap between the community’s unsatisfied social reality and the dreamed one. This “green” forgotten area, that at a first glance might appear as common as any other park in Rome, deep inside has embedded all the shared values that gradually arose once that a touch-point between the park’s users and the object used was fixed.