Observatory Case: Convento delle Cappuccinelle, Naples
Check out the eleventh of the 16 amazing heritage sites that have been thoroughly analyzed by the OpenHeritage project.
The former church complex Convento delle Cappuccinelle, situated in a very dense neighborhood of Naples historical center, was a juvenile jail until the end of the last century when it was definitively dismissed. On 2015 a local grass-roots group (“Scacco Matto” / Check-mate) occupied it, aiming to find a social purpose for the empty complex. The building, re-named “Scugnizzo liberato” (Freed street child) was partly self-restored by the occupants and now is hosting mutual activities (such as language courses, after-school, sports, dance, and theatre) and spaces for coworking, art and craft labs. Naples municipal government, the current owner of the complex, decided to support the occupant group and recognized – with a public resolution – the social value of the activities run in the complex, giving to the occupants the possibility to stay and to run the structure through self-management.