Architecture is an educational science and a powerful teaching tool: it has a cultural duty to encourage an appreciation of beauty and shape the space we live in. And space – in all its cultural and philosophical meanings – is the first form of externality that we perceive, and without it there can be no experience of the outside world. Space surrounds, nurtures and grows. Children delight in owning their own space, exploring it and experiencing it uninhibitedly and without hesitation, in the perpetual motion of their discovery of the world. If children are indeed the protagonists of space, then we are honour bound to reconsider how we approach everything we design for them from the ground up, and to rethink buildings, spaces and objects at every level.
In this respect, Italy is lagging behind other more advanced countries. There is no organic regulatory system, much less legislation guiding the most fitting design processes or choice of materials. There are no rules defining the quality of children’s spaces. No standards or criteria for shaping the space children need to grow. Or to receive treatment, in the unfortunate event that they are admitted to hospital. The home also deserves more attention, as do hospitality facilities. And last, but definitely not least, school buildings require urgent measures to fix the inadequacies that they have languished in for decades.
FederlegnoArredo has taken up the challenge and is determined to trigger change, by opening up and disclosing new prospects involving all stakeholders.