Open Data, Monitoraggio Civico,

Politiche di Coesione nelle scuole italiane


Titolo del Pitch: 
Cultural Heritage 4 all - Acclavio Community Library
Pitch 1: 

Among the various options, we have decided to carry out this civic monitoring on how the funds reserved for the "Pietro Acclavio's Civic Library" have been spent. We have chosen a library because we trust in the importance of culture, especially in a historical city like ours: TARANTO! The project aimed to establish an evolved model of library, which would be able to offer innovative services for the promotion of both reading and culture and to found a garrison of participation and cultural cohesion of the community. While discussing with the library director, Mr. Gianluigi Pignatelli, he exposed us a "doubt-problem" in an ambitious project like the Acclavio's Library one. Since Taranto is not a real university city yet because of the lack of its own independent universities, it may not be ready for such a culturally relevant place. But he also said that, thanks to the work of citizens like us, young active responsible students, one day Taranto will honour its glorious past and elevate itself to a major cultural awareness. Designed on the inspiration of La Défense in Paris, the Bestat business and residential center of Taranto in Apulia ( the so-called Beni Stabili) was built on a project by the well-known architects Piccinnato and Consoli in 1979. All thanks to the operation co-financed by the EU under the POR FESR-FSE 2014/2020 of the Puglia Region Axis VI - action 6.7 "Interventions for the enhancement and use of cultural heritage". The restyling phase lasted two years, for an investment of 2 million euros in the Community Library project, with the aim of making the structure a "square of knowledge", precisely in that space of the city once chosen to show the way towards the future, but then abandoned to neglect.

Pitch 2: 

Our monitoring project consisted in analyzing how European funds were spent for the restoration of the Acclavio Library in Taranto. To this end, in recent months, we have interviewed a lot of important personalities, such as the deputy mayor of the Municipality of Taranto, Fabrizio Manzulli and the director of the Civic Library, Gianluigi Pignatelli, the ISTAT territorial contact person for Puglia, Marina Pietroforte, the journalist Luisa Campatelli, and studied the project spending plan. New spaces have been set up to host activities open to the public. In particular, the "Agorà", a conference area that hosts 70 seats, located on the first floor of the library and provided with advanced equipment and technologies (e.g. PCs, amplifiers, smart monitors, wifi and bluetooth, etc.). In addition, the event room hosts innovative initiatives characterized by social and inclusive aspects, also thanks to the support of the numerous associations present in the area (e.g. participations to national initiatives to promote reading, presentations of books, music reviews in the library, reviews of theatrical readings, social and cultural meetings, cinegroups, exhibitions). On the ground floor there is the "Teaching Room", a space completely usable by schools and the community, equipped with a maxi screen, projector etc. In addition, the Teaching Room hosts information desks open to citizens, such as the desk of the Centre EUROPE DIRECT Taranto, Orientyouth, as well as events aimed at promoting cultural activities. This space has become a container of services for the strengthening of active citizenship, the promotion of civic resources, the dissemination of knowledge of the cultural, social and productive heritage of the territory. The library has used the funds of the operation co-financed by the EU under the POR FESR-FSE 2014/2020 of the Puglia Region Axis VI - action 6.7 "Interventions for the enhancement and use of cultural heritage" for the purchase of technological instruments, fixed and mobile equipment aimed at improving the use of new technologies, purchase of books, re-development of library spaces (building works aimed at remodeling spaces), glass roof renovation etc. The project is completed and is in operation in all its parts, both at a redevelopment level (the renovation works have been completed) and purchase of equipment (e.g. PCs, some texts, apps to book books etc.). Through this work we were able to guarantee that the total amount of €1.700,000 was spent out of a total of €2.000,000. As outlined in the spending plan and described in our charts in the previous report, the funds spending was split into two plans. As for the other €300.000 , the director, in an interview he granted us during our visit to the library, assured us that this sum is missing because during the tender procedure the winning project presented a spending plan in which it was not necessary to request the entire money, but only €1.700,000. The executive project for the re-functionalization and redevelopment of the "Pietro Acclavio Library" and outdoor areas is divided into two plans: plan A, which is the money needed for contractual works and services, and plan B, which is the funds available to the administration. Only 82% of these payments were tracked, so what about the others? Analyzing the infographic, three quarters of the total were used for contracts, security and furnitures, while €341.000 were used for the purchase of books, for the direction of the work and IVA taxes on each investment. We visited the library both as an ASOC Team and as young citizens. We have been able to appreciate some changes that stood out, both at an architectural level (demolished walls, creation of new spaces, etc ), and from the point of view of the contents of the library activities. Before the library had two functions: borrowing a text and studying, now, however, there is a plurality of activities ranging from exhibitions, concerts, etc. managing to involve the entire community.

Pitch 3: 

Recently restored, it has become an important cultural and attractive center also used for concerts, exhibitions, screenings and major events: the Agora of Culture for the citizenship. The idea behind the important urban complex develops from a large square (Piazza Dante Alighieri) around which futuristic and slender architectures in reinforced concrete and glass were designed to become homes, offices and business centers. Overlooking the square and almost crowning the general design is the new and functional "Pietro Acclavio Community Library" which is externally characterized by curved lines and large surfaces covered in crystal. According to the ambitious initial project cultural events, music, exhibitions and book courses, conventions and workshops will be organized on the basis of the idea of 'square', where people meet for cultural fare. In addition, a teaching/workshop area, a reading room that can be used for cultural meetings and conventions and an area for children will be used in a refreshment area. The adjacent outdoor spaces are used for events thanks to suitable electronic devices and 'smart' public lighting systems. They will be useful for the projection of videos, films, events and more usable by temporary seats that can be placed on the pedestrian area. The work required: the renovation of the roof and the fixtures, the adaptation of the air conditioning systems, the construction of archive rooms, the works for energy efficiency, the resolution of problems related to rainwater infiltration, the review of all the lighting system and the works related to the new local destination and the external areas.

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