Water Saving Camp at Cascina Falchera

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

How do you manage rainwater in an area that is sometimes affected by flooding, other times by drought? Our partner organisations are looking at these challenges.

Published July 11, 2023 - updated on December 20, 2023. 

Cascina Falchera - an urban farming and educational area on the outskirts of the City of Turin - aims to regenerate the area through circularity principles and as part of an innovative urban regeneration movement to support the local community and reconnect people, especially the young generations, with natural spaces and the biodiversity and historical as well as and environmental values of the site. 

As a new initiative, our partners work with water. The first of five water camps took place in July, 2023. 

The Water Saving Camp was a series of workshops, curated by NÈE 100% natural storytelling (Elisa Campra, Nicoletta Daldanise, Elena Miglietti), with the collaboration of the art collective Tecnologia Filosofica (Francesca Cinalli and Paolo De Santis) and the participation of a group of young people Goccioline (little drops) of Cascina Falchera and local organizations (Comitato per lo Sviluppo di Falchera, Volontari dei Laghetti di Falchera and Biblioteca Civica Don Milani).

The camp included action research such as the application of nature based solutions, urban explorations, production of soundscapes and narrative projects in order to create a small community of activators for the area and Cascina Falchera in particular. 

Young people discovered the importance of making the spaces we inhabit permeable to contrast climate change, managing rainwater and supporting biodiversity. Then, they observed other examples of good practices related to the neighborhood and water management in the Cascina: the "bialere" - with Lorenzo Nigro, student of Geographical Sciences, University of Turin - and the aquaponic greenhouse with the Comitato per lo Sviluppo della Falchera ODV and Drop City project by Kallipolis, supported with the contribution of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies in collaboration with the Piedmont Region.

Water is the primary natural resource around which cities have developed, geographically and economically. 

Despite the constant changes in the urban grid, it remains the first common good for communities. A large part of urban biodiversity is preserved in its vicinity, which is vital to safeguard and strengthen today. 

The Water Saving Camp investigated how water can become a source against climate change, a social infrastructure and a story to be told.

All the output from the Water Saving Camp are available on (Italian) https://cascinafalchera.it/homepage/futuro-2/desire/water-saving-camp/

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta

Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta