(ANSAmed) - MADRID, MAY 23 - ''Architecture, Education and
Society'' is the theme of the science days starting today (May
23) and running through Friday May 25 in Barcelona as part of
the Montada Kids project, a ludic-pedagogic initiative in 6
North African cities to raise awareness among the young about
the valorisation of traditional architectonic heritage.
Montserrat Villaverde, from the La Salle School of
Architecture and Barcelona's Ramon Llull university, director of
the atelier on traditional architecture, and Letizia Dipasquale,
from the Pierluigi Spadolini Department of Architecture and
design Technology, will be explaining the development and the
results of the workshops carried out. From interactive materials
to planimetry, postcards, wooden jewelry, animated videos,
architectonic elements to assemble and paint, everything was
used to get children involved in the respect for and
valorisation of local heritage.
The Montada Kids project took place in the Moroccan cities of
Salé and Marrakech, the Tunisian ones of Sousse and Kairouan,
and the Algerian ones of Dellys and Ghardaia. The project is
part of the Euromed Heritage 4 programme, and is co-financed by
the European Union, with the aim of promoting the recovery and
safeguarding of traditional architectonic heritage in order to
redeem the historical and cultural identity of the
Mediterranean, through the involvement of political figures,
educational institutions and the local population, promoting the
exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge.
A significant part of the programme is aimed at raising the
interest of children and adolescents in the discovery and
preservation of their own architectonic heritage. An
international workshop was organised in all of the cities
involved in the project.
''In the 'tallers' of traditional Moroccan architecture, the
largest contribution was undoubtedly that of the children,''
Montserrat Villaverde told ANSAmed. ''Their creations were the
key to the creation of all of the material of Montada Kids,''
posted on the web page of the project. ''For the first time
architecture workshops were organised in a transversal manner in
North Africa in which the knowledge of local specificities was
developed,'' Villaverde added. Letizia Dipasquale said that the
workshops on traditional architecture ''were an experience which
gave life to an authentic pilot project, which will continue in
heritage clubs,'' created in all of the cities involved in the
Montada project with the participation of local communities.