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Scuola Holden presents “Urban Stories”

06/12/2014 - 10:30 AM

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A new environmentally sustainable school

For the past twenty years, Scuola Holden has been training professionals in the field of storytelling: writers as well as directors, actors, copywriters, cartoonists, reporters and authors.

Students are trained to undertake any career that is related to storytelling.

What's new?

Until last year, Scuola Holden was a small organisation with 60 students but in 2013-2014 the school attracted 180 students. This exponential growth contributed to a reorganisation of spaces and refurbishment work (with the contribution of shareholders Eataly Media and the Feltrinelli Group) on the building that houses the school, the former Cavalli Barracks in Piazza Borgo Dora, Turin.

The former military arsenal dating from 1867 has been converted into classrooms, offices, common areas for students to study, work and follow the thread of their stories. Through a unique collaboration between the public and private sectors, the Municipality of Turin has granted a licence to use this space for a period of thirty years, in the very heart of the city, in one of Turin's most lively and multi-ethnic areas.

The result is a true redevelopment of a disused urban space according to environmental sustainability principles, making of Scuola Holden an example that many should (and could) follow.

The event

The second Racconti Urbani (Urban Stories) event will take place on Thursday, 12th June, at 6:00 p.m., providing an opportunity to visit the school, discover the facilities and requirements of an initiative that is unique to the city and see the change and the "greatness" in the school itself.

The meeting will include presentations by:

  • Lea Iandiorio, Operational Director of Scuola Holden
  • Carlo Olmo, Director of Urban Center 
  • Stefano Seita,  Architect
  • Enzo Lavolta, Environment Commissioner of the Municipality of Turin

The event will also be an opportunity to present the Ministry of the Environment's Environmental Footprint Assessment Programme, to which Scuola Holden has decided to sign up through a voluntary agreement that provides for its carbon footprint to be calculated and launches a collaboration aimed at creating a new way of addressing sustainability.

The reason behind this decision

The school is a place where culture is created but also a suitable context in which to promote social responsibility and implement virtuous process that can influence the behaviour of students and teachers themselves, guiding them to respect available resources, whether environmental or economic, and developing the necessary sensitivity to achieve sustainable growth in the long term.

An environmentally sustainable school

A few practices that make the school environmentally sustainable:

  • within the school, offices and classrooms are lit by LED lights fitted with motion sensors that light them only when there is someone in the room;
  • stop to wasted paper: nothing is printed unless it's absolutely necessary;
  • sorted waste collection;
  • filtered tap water: everyone has a water bottle,
  • physical preparation course for students and teachers;
  • stop to air pollution: almost everyone tries to travel to school by bus, train, on foot or by bicycle;
  • all stationery purchases (including letterhead) have been converted into sustainable projects;
  • thanks to an agreement with Pony Zero, only couriers who use non-polluting vehicles are used for deliveries in the city.

...but digital as well

Teaching at Scuola Holden is becoming increasingly digital:

  • Telecom Italia has provided the technology to equip three multimedia classrooms and a control room;
  • all students on the two-year programme have received a free Samsung Chromebook allowing them to communicate with each other, study and connect to the web;
  • Working with Noovle, a Student App has been created which is integrated with the Google Apps for Education platform and designed to fulfil our needs, providing constant access to teaching materials and allowing them to be easily managed online, without wasting too much paper.