LED2LEAP 2022 - Bologna Team

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Area Salus Space
Place San Lazzaro di Savena; Bologna
Country Italy
Topics Landscape of Democracy
Author(s) Thi My Tuyen Bui, Selin Cengiz, Isabella Giovanetti, Mana Hejazi, Aniseh Saber, Francesca Schürmann

Landscape Democracy Rationale

Villa Salus will not only be a place of residence, but a path of accompaniment to the self-entrepreneurship of migrants and refugees for the guided creation of start-ups of social enterprises and for the management of services, with a direct role of social enterprises to welcome guests. of the structure and the citizens, who here will find green spaces, places for the treatment of psycho-physical well-being, cultural activities, artistic workshops, coworking spaces and accommodation and catering activities

Location and Scope

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Phase A: Mapping Your Community

Welcome to Your Community and Their Landscape

“SALUS SPACE”  is located in the suburbs of Bologna and the whole area is 9060 square meters. This project is developing a center consisting of residential houses for around 80 people ranging from refugees to people from families in vulnerable situations, a social cooperative restaurant, a bar, handicraft workshops, vocational training, a theater, and vegetable gardens.

Facilities of Salus space

Groups of Actors and Stakeholders in Your Community

  • Salus Space is a project funded mainly by the European Union through the program "Urban Innovative Action" and is supervised by the Municipality of Bologna. On a local scale the project is coordinated by six NGOs that work together with other partners; the most important out of these is ETA BETA.

Relationships Between Your Actors and Groups

Salus Space is a multifunctional center with combined 3 main groups: inhabitants, external stakeholders, and local skateholers. Each of these actors has a voice in the community. Through this map, I want to show you the voice of each member who is involved in this location. They share their own knowledge and experiences and live there on the idea of ​​collaboration.

Summary of Your Learnings from the Transnational Discussion Panel

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Theory Reflection

As said in most of the articles, and reading sources, the base of connection between landscape and democracy is that people exploit their right to a place which could be said is formed by nature and affected by human being’s activity, especially in the today’s world which is affected by innovation and technology changing how people communicate and live.

Nowadays with the uncontrollable speed of technology, there should be a way to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the effects that the new things which affect nature and human beings, will bring in future.

the right to landscape and the way it is taught and the way the knowledge is transformed would be a better way to control the outcomes.

Also, when it comes to the rights of people or the right of nature to the landscape, it is not only an ecological matter, it also involves social aspects and in this case, the transformation of knowledge, participation and everything that connects the field of academy to the field of everyday life with its real problems could play an important role to make the results more convenient and more representative of all the people involved.

In terms of defining the bases of science system in Salus project, the reflexivity is traced in the dynamic atmosphere of the project which propels the learning process. But it is still not clear how much the dynamics of the project could be adopted in other parts of the area or city.

Participation is found in the actor groups, which according to the writer are the groups that find calmness in participation whether there are in a participatory area or not. Refugees or people under pressure try to relieve by being together but for people in normal condition it is not clear how much they want to be involved.

Innovation is also seen in the project but it should be studied whether the Innovative and the approach toward future is well explained to the actor groups or not.

For example is there any authority organizing the area, or if there are only people putting standards and if the authority is removed theses standards will remain and the area will not change into an abandoned place.

Balancing power exists or not? Do the people feel they are a part of society or do they feel they are left and these things are an amenity to them.


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Phase B: Democratic Landscape Analysis and Assessment

Isabella and "The Travel Diary"

Aniseh Saber: "A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words"

Mana Hejazi

Francesca Schürmann: Entities listen!

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Phase C: Collaborative Visioning and Goal Setting

Your Prototyping Action

If we recognizze the prototype as an element to provoke more the sense of community, through the interview that are done with the residents and based on the assessments that were done by going to the space, although the group were thinking that the actions could be targetted more to the connection of the space to the city (as it is somehow far from the connecting routs of the city) or could be focused on the organization of the road to the space, but through the aforementioned ays of collecting date, the community who is living there although have mentioned some flaws like the accessibility, or the short time of stay, but the thing upon which all of them agreed upon was that they all enjoy being and living together there. Also, eventhough some of them were not completely aware of the puposes of "Salus Space", having moved there the most interesting point for them was doing things together and again, living together. Mentioning all the facts above, the protyping goal could be decided as a factor to accelerate and provoke more, the sense pf being together and ot be more specific, creating space in the green area in front of the building to exploit it as a "being-together" area, even considering children.

The Story of Visioning

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Reflect on Your Story of Visioning

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Phase D: Collaborative Design, Transformation and Planning

Your Prototyping Action


divide into groups to represent each social group present in the Salus Space, then take the sticker corresponding to the activity you want to propose and place it on the map (write your group letter on it, your ideas about that activity on the sticker). After playing, please explain your answer

characters: kids (group A), elders (group B), young adults (group C), immigrants (group D)

The Evolution of Your Prototyping Action

This is how the game ended, the result is visibly having a hierarchy and function of the internal and external spaces in the Salus property

The Plan Behind Your Prototyping Action

Thanks to the feedback received during the development of the game, we understood that our prototype had to be based on design ideas that allowed people to spend quality time and well-being both outdoors and indoors in the structure, meeting their idea of ​​community. A lot of emphasis has been placed on the point of view of children with new play and rest areas outside, but also the elderly with new points for sociability. The most evident request, however, remains the desire for more green areas to compensate for the summer heat and create not only a barrier to the Bolognese heat but also to the noise of the railway.

The Realization of Your Prototyping Action

Reflect on Your Prototyping Action

In summary, the process of creative collaboration and goal setting has brought to light problems such as the lack of community spaces and green areas, as well as areas for the use of the most delicate social groups such as children and the elderly. Our answer was to create a new equipped park in the space in front of the apartments structure. The park will be born thanks to the planting of native tall trees and the reorganization of spaces thanks to a path of benches that converges to the children's playground. for the executive project the use of recycled materials will be preferred, as well as structures that are easy to disassemble in order to favor their reuse. We believe that thanks the good functioning of the structure, the proposed interventions can be defined as "low impacting" and therefore simple to manage and inexpensive, also by virtue of the type of company that is Salus Space.

Phase E: Collaborative Evaluation and Future Agendas

Collaborative Evaluation and Landscape Democracy Reflection

  • The initial issues and how they are now

The Actors in your Collaborative Evaluation

  • What actors are involved and who are the most important

Reflection on the Online Seminar

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Reflection on your Living Lab Process

  • Reflection

Your Living Lab Code of Conduct

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Process Reflection

Through 4 months of participating in the Salus Space project of LED2LEAP, we aimed to create a new connection and give a strong voice to democracy here. We had a chance to read articles that helped us a lot to gain more insight to deal with the current situation we need to deal with.

First, we have a conversation with the residents who live here and the organizer, the most important thing is to understand their feelings, their understanding; or their needs... In addition, through this visit, we were able to feel the connection between the landscape and democracy as it provided both environmental and sustainable life: activity, economy, agriculture, garden, playground, and education.

Through experimenting and looking for ways to improve and enhance the community, we have come up with many options. However, some of them do not seem to receive a favorable response from the residents. Therefore, we focus on creating development for the green area on the campus. This area needs to be stimulated, creative, and adapted to the real needs of residents - where they can gather and diverse ages.

Through the game created and developed to get residents' opinions about the space where they will be a part of it, we realize the need for a harmony between the space for both children, adults and children. grow old and enhance the green space for the empty space. We set a goal to develop community space, green area, area for sensitive social groups and came up with the idea of ​​a new park between Salus Space and trees.

We believe that through the process of discussing and giving personal views, as well as practical meetings, is the key to developing the project. We have the opportunity to understand more about human rights - nature's right to the landscape, it is the social aspects that through the process we can draw.