The area of the former Psychiatric Hospital Paolo Pini was built in the thirties and early sixties housed about 1,200 inmates. With the closing of the psychiatric hospital in 1999, the former Paolo Pini today constitutes an important resource territorial, environmental and planning that covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. The multi-sectoral projects that conversion of Paolo Pini have matured in recent years has led to tangible results and recognized social inclusion and local development. In particular, the combination of cultural projects, participatory, rehabilitative and aggregation (free vegetable garden, painting workshops, theater workshops, sports, children’s shows) with social enterprise projects oriented to the implementation of the public places (bars, restaurant, catering , hostel, theater, festivals) has created interesting elements of urban regeneration. Today they are active in the area of Paolo Pini the following organizations: ASL Milan, Hospital Niguarda Ca ‘Granda, Milan Province, Scholastic Institute Lagrange, Agricultural Technical Institute Pareto, The Fabric of Social Cooperative Olinda, Olinda Association, Association of The Garden Aromas, Association Arca, Azzurra Cooperativa Sociale, Nucleus ACLI, Arci Grossoni, Banda d’Affori, Sports Club afforese.
Olinda is a voluntary association, created with the aim to close and transform a large psychiatric hospital in the northern suburbs of Milan. Social entrepreneurship, welfare, and cultural activities have changed the area into a laboratory of social, urban, and human innovation for disadvantagedpeople as well as for citizens of the metropolitan area. Olinda started a social enterprise in an effort to combine services for the city with those for disadvantaged people. Olinda used conflicts within and outside the organization to advance public discourse and raise visibility regarding their decisions and actions. Olinda shows the role of outsiders with new ideas, skills, and social capital and how bringing different types of people together can generate new insights and developments. Sociability and cultural productions can be a turning point in building a shared interest in innovative action, especially in promoting intercultural activities with second generation migrants.
All workshops, installation and final performance “Caliban’s Cave” in the range of the project took place in the TeatroLaCucina.
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