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In the heart of Mendrisio lies Villa Argentina Park: a beautiful green area surrounded by one of the headquarters of the Academy of Architecture, retirement homes and primary schools. Thanks to recent purchases by the City, the park has regained a large part of the adjacent hillside.
For its historical, cultural, natural and scenic value, it deserves to be better known and appreciated by the population.
A participatory approach for a garden of ideas in the heart of the City
All citizens, groups and associations are invited to participate in co-designing a public space that meets their needs. How? By proposing activities and services that could take place in the park in the future, taking into account, of course, that it is a protected historical site.
In other words, everyone can express their ideas on how to experience the park with care, affection and respect.
The project for the new Villa Argentina Park is coordinated by the City of Mendrisio in collaboration with the SUPSI Department of Environment, Construction and Design and the consultant Paolo Poggiati.
Have your say
You can share your ideas by filling in the digital postcard on the dedicated website, by filling in the printed postcards you can find in the park (look for the 'idea binders' on the benches) or by submitting your ideas in person at the 'Ideas Day'.
The 'Day of Ideas': Saturday 14 October 2023 (10:00-16:00)
Villa Argentina Park welcomes everyone from the age of zero. There will be activities, entertainment and convivial moments (lunch at 12 noon, snack at 3 pm) to get to know the park and plan it together: a real day of celebration. The day takes place whatever the weather.
Proposed activities include:
- Routes of ideas
We discover the Park, its historical past, its characteristics, its present. We imagine future possibilities by creating and sharing new proposals.
- A map of ideas
We collect and visualise in real time the ideas expressed by participants in the day's activities.
- The ideas of the youngest
Special moments to give a voice to those who surely have many original suggestions for the use of the park.
- Plenary of ideas
At the end of the day, we reflect together on the overview of ideas expressed and collected.
- Convivial moments
Lunch and snack offered, music, games
Picture: Max Fonseca, Istitute of Design – SUPSI