It was still a difficult school year for children, teenagers and primary and secondary school teachers in Lombardy due to a pandemic, but when asked what they would like to find or do with their classmates in an ideal urban park, they started to plan and they took out a strong spirit of resilience, great creativity and many practical proposals. More than 900 students from 42 primary and secondary school classrooms in 13 cities in Lombardy have participated during these months in two co-planning itineraries promoted by the Triulza Foundation on the future MIND Food and Health Park: The A City in MIND Competition, now in its fourth edition and organized in collaboration with Arexpo, Lendlease, Human Technopole, San Donato Group and the Grana Padano Consortium – and the workshop “ECOttimists at work for sustainability” in collaboration with Legambiente and Stripes Coop Sociale, with the support from the North Milan Community Foundation.
How “A City in Mind” Works.
Children and young people aged 6 to 14 took part, making specific proposals and sharing their desire to find a lot of Nature in the future MIND Park and in the parks of their cities (with plants, gardens and animals); Sports but also artistic and cultural structures; Scientific, environmental and kitchen laboratories; Spaces where you can relax and express your creativity (from murals to stages for musical performances). Many innovative proposals with the use of technologies but always functional to create aggregations, leave home and be together, to stimulate new interests and knowledge. “As a Triulza Foundation together with Lendlease and in collaboration with all MIND partners, we are organizing different activities of involvement and co-planning on the future Park with university students, citizens, institutions, companies and entities of the Third Sector, to do of this space. a living and shared territorial resource. But even before, for 4 years and through the A City in MIND Contest, we started to hear the voices and gather the ideas of the little ones who have always made beautiful, concrete and foresighted proposals ”, underlines the president Massimo Minelli. of the Triulza Foundation.
The 4th edition of the “A city in mind” competition.
More than 700 children from 32 primary and secondary schools took part. With the projects they have developed together with their classmates and teachers, they have explained what they would like to do at MIND Park in person, with classmates, friends or family. Ideas that can be replicated in your neighborhoods or cities. At the end of the school year, a “virtual party” has been organized for the classes awarded with the experiential laboratory “Traveling between the parks … from the world to the MIND” and an online awards ceremony followed by the families.
The winning projects. Primary Category: 1st place CEIP Rita Levi Montalcini – IC Nerviano (MI) – 4th A for the project “MIND: 5 zones for us”; 2nd place Primary of the Canossian Institute “Barbara Melzi” of Legnano (MI) – classes 3A and 3B for the project: “WONDERPARK”; 3rd place Primary School “Arnaldo Racchetti” IC Orobic Countries of Sondrio (SO) – classes 1A and 1B for the project “Plant the Seeds of Sustainability with Green Superheroes”. Secondary category I: 1st place ICS Via Lamarmora di Lainate (MI) – Laboratory of Entrepreneurship – third classes of the project “SEE THE FUTURE” to create an interactive museum in Cascina Triulza; 2nd place Sabin Institute IC San Fruttuoso de Monza (MB) – classes 1B and 1C, for the project “Transportable school garden”; 3rd place ICSA Rizzoli di Pregnana Milanese (MI) – classes 3A, 3B, 3C, for the project: 3R “Riduco, Riuso, Riciclo. The many lives of plastic “. The winning schools receive € 2,000, € 1,500 and € 1,000 respectively, for the purchase of teaching and laboratory equipment.
The “ECO-Optimists working for sustainability” route, a youth civic project
The contest of ideas “A city in mind. The Food and Health Park ”is promoted by the Triulza Foundation in collaboration with Arexpo, Lendlease, Human Technopole, the San Donato Group and the Grana Padano Consortium, and in collaboration with the University of Milan and LAND . The initiative is sponsored by ASviS – Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, the Lombardy Region, the Municipality of Milan and the Pact of Municipalities of Northwest Milan.
The first experimental edition, which ended the school year, was attended by 220 students from 10 primary and secondary school classes at ICSA Rizzoli in Pregnana Milanese and IC Franceschini in Rho. In a first phase, children and young people participated in the informative and experiential workshops of Legambiente Lombardia at school. During the month of May they participated in the Academy of Social Innovation of Cascina Triulza in the co-design workshops organized by Stripes Cooperativa Sociale Onlus, developing their ideas for the Park with slogans, drawings and models with recycled materials and a lot of creativity. your ideal MIND site master plan.
The project, conceived and promoted by the Triulza Foundation in collaboration with Legambiente Lombardia and Stripes Coop Sociale Onlus, is co-funded by the North Milan Community Foundation. The aim of the course is not just to invite people to “design” but also to be willing to participate personally in community and environmental experiences, both in school and out of school.