Locale, circolare: companies and citizenship in transforming neighbourhoods

by BASE Milano

A neighbourhood is made up of citizens, third sector organisations, and companies that produce and invest in the area. Do these three worlds ever really meet?

Locale, Circolare is a project by BASE Milano in collaboration with FROM that aims to create a circular economy model to favour the regeneration of the local area, starting from an understanding of the needs of the neighbourhoods in the south-west of Milan.

How does it work?

The project has two phases:
1) LOCAL – there will be two distinct paths: urban imagination workshops aimed at citizenship (organisations, groups of citizens, collectives…) and a training programme aimed at companies that want to invest resources in their local area.

2) CIRCULAR – at this stage, territorial organisations and companies meet and cross-fertilise to co-design ideas for artistic-creative projects to be implemented in the neighbourhood, starting from the questions and proposals that arise from the urban imagination workshops. The ideas will be collected in the Atlas of Wishes, which will be presented at a party.


→ March – May 2024: urban imagination workshops (for local communities)

  1. March 24th – Sunday H10 -12.30 pm
    We break the ice, we do it through an artistic practice: we recommend comfortable shoes and clothes
  1. April 20th – Saturday H10 – 13 
    What drives cultural action? What is a broken dream? From this constellation, we will find a common objective to enhance, cross-fertilise, put initiatives and projects into circulation and develop collective artistic action.
  1. May 2nd – Thursday H18.30 – 21
    We have an idea, now what? We put it down on paper (or screen): this is the phase of building ideas and revising, revising, revising. Let’s make it work.
  1. May 25th – Sunday H10 – 13
    This is the co-design meeting between the companies and the territory: we will shape the project idea with the outside (but not too much) view of the companies involved.
  1. Last week of June / first week of June
    The best way to celebrate a point of arrival (but not of end), to publicly present the artistic action we will have designed and to expand the network in the territory.

→ May – July 2024: training (for companies)

→ July 2024: the Atlas of Desires and celebration

→ September 2024: from concept to project (detailed design of the project ideas, to be implemented by BASE and partners, with the direct involvement and collaboration of companies and territorial realities).

How to participate?

→ Fill in the form by 28th February at the following link: https://forms.gle/4j1F6o9gd2DNLAzy9

Do you want to know more?

Please contact us at progettazione@base.milano.it

Locale, Circolare is a project by BASE Milano in collaboration with FROM. The project is supported by Creative Living Lab – Edition V, promoted by the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.

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