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They came from Harvard and created a square where there was a wasteland

Stefano Romagnoli and Soledad Patiño master's degree in the USA. They run a community project in Atalaya neighborhood.
Stories of ordinary people
10 September, 2019

Stefano Romagnoli and Soledad Patiño are graduates of the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Design of the National University of Cordoba (UNC). He just completed a master’s degree in landscape architecture from HarvardUniversity, United States. She, as a Fullbright Fellow, holds a master’s degree in architecture and urban design at that prestigious institution in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the east coast of that country.

Both are 26 years old and have been boyfriends since the time of students. In addition to love and profession, they share a vocation of solidarity. “The desire to contribute to building a better country and society for all, from the bottom up.”

This is the answer they gave spontaneously, almost in unison, when asked what led them to accept, without hesitation, the technical direction of a project to transform a dusty moor from the Atalaya Cooperative neighborhood — in the postponed area of Argüello, in the northwest of the city of Córdoba— in a square full of life and colors for the boys of the The 5 Angelitos snack.

The original idea is I love my place. It is a social entrepreneurship that proposes projects for the revaluation, recovery, activation and sustainability of public spaces in vulnerable sectors, in a collaborative way.

“ Let’s go back to playing squares. For the children we were, for the children we are, for the children who will come.” That is the goal that inspires and encourages the volunteers of that non-governmental organization. Pablo Gigena and Orlando Lenzina are their main battering ram. They seek to break down the walls of exclusion and oblivion.

Privileged

“ Our collaboration with this project arose from an invitation from Yo amo mi plaza and the Hillel Argentina Foundation,” Romagnoli said.

“ As UNC graduates, and with our experience at Harvard, we do not hesitate to join the Plaza 5 Angelitos project. As a way to contribute to the development and construction of a better and fairer country,” Soledad reinforced.

They both put the body and the talent. With the same determination with which they carry out research in Argentine Patagonia on tidal energy (electricity obtained from the tidal use) and the socio-environmental impact of fracking in Vaca Muerta.

Participatory design is the strategy used in this collective enterprise. In it, both children and adults for

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