Hic Sunt Dracones (IT)

Edition Here Be Dragons

Project ID 21005

Authors Zuloark,

Zuloark

Year 2022

Collaborators

Ignacio Morejón Ferrer, Arián Yahyaee Ignataki

Location Finale Emilia, Italia

Photography

Lourdes Cabrera

Categories

#Workshop

#workshop #construction #participation #education #italy #finaleemilia #zuloark

A workshop for the co-design and construction of the furniture for the multifunctional spaces of the Rulli Frulli station at Finale Emilia (IT)

Is it possible to design and build new places of coexistence, rethinking public space from below and in an experimental way? Can we do so by including diversity? And can we, in doing so, open a debate on the unresolved issues of city life?

Central multi-purposed space of La Stazione. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Central multi-purposed space of La Stazione. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera

These are the questions that underlie Here Be Dragons, a project of urban reactivation and regeneration that has already taken place in 2019 in Santa Cruz de la Palma (Canary Islands) and in 2021 in Porto (Portugal).

Hic sunt Dracones is a project of urban reactivation and social integration, which is part of the process of the new Multifunctional Pole for the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace and the quality youth aggregation held from 28 March to 14 April at the construction site of the old bus station in Finale Emilia.

For this edition of Here Be Dragons, we collaborated with the boys and girls of the socio-labour workshop AstroNave_Lab, and the students of the Liceo Scientifico Morando Morandi of Finale Emilia and the volunteers of the APS ETS Rulli Frulli Lab, the reference figure of the new Multifunctional Pole. Our task was to build over 20 different pieces of furniture for the new Stazione Rulli Frulli, during a three-week workshop.

Watch the video-documentary of the workshop:

Video documentary by Zuloark on the three-week workshop at La Stazione Rulli Frulli in Finale Emilia, Italy, 2022.

The project consists of three complementary phases:

1. “EMOTIONAL MAP”, a physical and temporal space that allows participants to get to know each other and immerse themselves in the project, inspired by the context. With the students of the Morando Morandi High School and the boys and girls of AstroNave_Lab, we discovered Finale Emilia, talking, photographing, drawing, cataloguing objects and architectural and natural details.

2. “COLLABORATIVE CONSTRUCTION”, the premise of which is, on the one hand, the study of the materials and tools available, on the other, the sharing of ideas and suggestions and the drawing up of the plans for the project. Our task for this workshop was to study and propose a construction system adapted to the workshop participants, and then to move on to the moment of construction, in which everyone participates, each with their own skills. In view of the characteristics of the AstroNave_Lab workshop and the boys and girls who work in it, the choice of materials fell on wood and water-based paints. We decided to work with only one type of wooden board, and to design and develop all the furniture from it.

3. The “CELEBRATION”, which creates a great expectation among the participants and contributes to create a more dynamic and participative create a more dynamic and participatory atmosphere within the learning environment. The aim of the project was not simply to provide the space of La Stazione Rulli Frulli – in particular the inclusive bar with its its dehor, AstroNave_Lab’s carpentry workshop and the multi-purpose room – with original and functional furniture.

Sedia y tavolo Rietveld baby. Astronave Shop. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Sedia y tavolo Rietveld baby. Astronave Shop. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera

What benefited from the initiative was not only the site itself, but above all the participants in the workshop, who acquired new transversal transversal skills, from emotional and relational to technical and manual ones, and have in fact contributed to building a part of the very community of which they are a part.

  • First week of the workshop, inspiration walks and talks on design. with the participants.
  • Second week of the workshop. Designing the furniture with Astronave Lab and Liceo Morando Morandi students and teachers
  • First building exercise of the workshop by Marco Bernardi, local architect from Finale Emilia. Building a copy of the famous "Rietveld chair"
  • Second week of the workshop. Designing the furniture with Astronave Lab and Liceo Morando Morandi Students and teachers
  • Third week of the workshop. Assembling the furniture.
  • Third week of the workshop. Assembling the furniture.
  • Assembling the pic-nic tables
  • Building the triangle frames for the poc-nic tables
  • Reparations of the old school chairs reused at the "Bar-a-onda" bar
  • For the finishing touches on the furniture, Astronave lab team used the RGB colors, the signature colors of the Lab.
  • Decorations on the "scatola con ruota", the multipurpose wooden boxes with wheels
  • All participants at celebration day, right outside de Bar-a-onda Bar of La Stazione

In particular, the boys and girls of Astronave Lab have come into contact with a different scale of design, but in respect of the techniques, tools and materials usually used. Hence the name given to the project: “Hic Sunt Dracones” indicated on the old maps our limit, but at the same time it it opened the horizon, making us sit on the edge of infinity.

Scaffalatura. Storage rack system with rolling boxes. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Scaffalatura. Storage rack system with rolling boxes. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Scaffalatura. Storage rack system with rolling boxes. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Scaffalatura. Storage rack system with rolling boxes. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Scaffalatura. Storage rack system with rolling boxes, detail. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Scaffalatura. Storage rack system with rolling boxes, detail. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Fiorera per interni. Indoor planter. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Fiorera per interni. Indoor planter. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Astronave shop. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Astronave shop. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Sedia Rietveld baby. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
"Bar-a-onda" bar interior. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
“Bar-a-onda” bar interior. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
"Bar-a-onda" bar interior. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
“Bar-a-onda” bar interior. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
"Bar-a-onda" bar interior. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
“Bar-a-onda” bar interior. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
"Dragon coating" for the bar. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
“Dragon coating” for the bar. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
"Dragon coating" for the bar, detail. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
“Dragon coating” for the bar, detail. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
"Dragon coating" for the bar, detail. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
“Dragon coating” for the bar, detail. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Tavolo da picnic. Pic-nic table for the exterior of La Stazione, detail.Phtography: Lourdes Cabrera
Tavolo da picnic. Pic-nic table for the exterior of La Stazione, detail.Phtography: Lourdes Cabrera
Tavolo da picnic. Pic-nic table for the exterior of La Stazione, detail.Phtography: Lourdes Cabrera
Fioreri Externi. Exterior planters for the bar of La Stazione. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Fioreri Externi. Exterior planters for the bar of La Stazione. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Sedia Rietveld. First building excercise with the participants of the Hic Sunt Dracones Workshop. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Sedia Rietveld. First building excercise with the participants of the Hic Sunt Dracones Workshop. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Scatola con ruote. Wooden box with weels. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Scatola con ruote. Wooden box with weels. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Sedia y tavolo Rietveld baby. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Sedia y tavolo Rietveld baby. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Tavolo bar. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera
Tavolo bar. Photography: Lourdes Cabrera

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