Northwestern District Municipal Centre
The Roundtable “Territorial politics: Strategies for the appropriation of the public space and the citizen participation” will take place at the Northwestern District Municipal Centre. In addition, there will be a Projects Fair and the Visit to Experiences: Rosario, Educating City.
The “Olga y Leticia Cossettini” Northwestern District Municipal Centre, inaugurated on September, 18, 2006; is based on a venue with significant vegetation, which was previously owned by a factory.
It took its name from two women who carry through one of the most innovative pedagogic experiences in the country. With the “New School” spirit, Olga and Leticia Cossettini leaded, during many successful years, the direction of the “Dr. Gabriel Carrasco” School No. 39, located in the Alberdi neighborhood and recognized as an experimental establishment by the national authorities.
Considering the characteristics of a diverse population (they were the children of fishermen, blue-collar workers, middle class traders and wealthy families) the Cossettinni sisters implemented a radical reform of the school life, allowing –according to Olga’s sayings- “to open wide the doors of the classrooms to life”
The edification project, of free circulation and without urban obstacles, was selected through a contest, which was won by a young group of local architects: Sebastián and Esteban Bechis, Mauro Grivarello Bernabé and Julieta Novello proposed a solid, rationalist and austere style of construction, respecting the surroundings and the existent tree line.
The neighborhoods that integrate the district show a strong social and cultural diversity, which transforms into a challenge for the participation goals of the District Municipal Centre and into a possibility of opening the vision to develop broader solutions for the different neighborhoods problems between all the involved citizens.