Carousel for Life

Projects for growing

Pavilion/s 5-7

MADE expo is also an incubator for tomorrow’s cultural and research projects. FederlegnoArredo has chosen to roll out Carousel for Life at the show: this cultural project grew out of research into architecture for children, and aims to forge a new vision defining design and production standards, and putting children at the centre of the world.

Curated by architect Valentina Fisichella, the new project will be unveiled at the upcoming MADE expo show: an installation will enclose a unique element representing the spirit of the initiative: a permanent leitmotif ensuring that the project will gain instant recognition. 

Visitors will be given an inkling of the complexity of the subject on many different levels, starting from a general overview of the installation and its content, and including an indication of potentially relevant manufacturing sectors and applications: school buildings, homes, hospitals, public spaces, hospitality facilities. There will also be conferences and meetings to raise awareness among industry professionals, teachers, school boards and institutions.

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.