Children, Spaces, Relations - Metaproject for an Environment for Young Children

Reggio Children Domus Academy Research Centre (Edited by Giulio Ceppi and Michele Zini)
Reggio Children

The municipal infant-toddler centres and preschools of Reggio Emilia are internationally recognised as an experience of particular cultural interest and constitute a model of "relational space" dedicated to young children...

As part of a range of activities and initiatives organised to futher develope and promote this educational experience spearheaded by Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Children has initiated a line of research in conjuction with Domus Academy on designing spaces for young children. The aim of this project is to enable a "meeting of minds" between the avant-garde pedagogical philosophy of the Reggio Emilia preschools and innovative experiences within the culture of design and architecture.

The book presents the metaproject in three main sections:

a) A critical analysis of the cumulative experience of the municipal early childhood system of Reggio Emilia, with the aim of formulating general criteria of quality and presenting possible scenarios, using keywords and meatphors in an attempt to identify the desirable characteristics of a space for young children.

b)reflections on the tools of design, with indications regarding both the distribution of space and the "soft qualities" (light, colour, materials, smell, sound, microclimate). The objective is to provide tools of analysis and practical indications for both the interior and exterior design of infant-toddler centres and schools for young children.

c) Essays discussing the pedagogical and architecture/design issues that form the theoretical basis of the research, a product of studies carried out in the municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia and at Domus Academy as part of the joint research project.


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