Vol. 20 No. 2 (2022): Co-evolution
Thematical section (Current series)

Giardini che educano

Emanuela Morelli
DIDA Università degli Studi di Firenze

Published 2023-02-23


  • Garden,
  • vegetable garden,
  • co-existence,
  • reliance,
  • interdependence,
  • experience,
  • Maria Montessori
  • ...More

How to Cite

Morelli, E. (2023). Giardini che educano. Ri-Vista. Research for Landscape Architecture, 20(2), 80–95. https://doi.org/10.36253/rv-13733


Living in complexity and being part of it, becoming self-aware, recognizing the other’s right to existence, embodying nature in oneself as a natural, obvious and everyday fact depends, as Edgar Morin said, on our educational system. To do this, we need to activate a process that focuses on direct experience with what surrounds us, and in particular with nature, remembering that education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
Starting from some contemporary principle, especially from the Edgar Morin’s ‘reliance’ and the Gilles Clément’s ‘planetary garden’ and ‘terrestrial citizenship’, the research goes back in time and attempts a reinterpretation of some of the founding principles of Maria Montessori’s thought. This sees the garden as a privileged place for experimenting with an educational system capable of developing in human beings a greater awareness of themselves and their surroundings. In ‘our garden’, Montessori’s ideal place for a cosmic education, “The great law that regulates life in cosmos is that of collaboration between all beings” (Montessori, 2004).


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