REMIDA, established in 1996 in Reggio Emilia, is a cultural project focused on sustainability, creativity, and research on waste materials. It fosters the idea that waste materials, the imperfect, are holders of an ethical message, able to stir reflections, which aim to be an educational resource, thus avoiding the definition of “useless” and “waste”.
The materials of REMIDA are supplied by ca. 200 companies that deliver wastages, defective materials, remainder funds or production surplus destined for disposal, which the Centre recovers and proposes as a subject to investigate.
The Center is visited every year by more than 3,000 people among teachers, artists, students, administrators and interested people coming from all over the world. It organizes meetings with schools of every grade, professional development courses and events with the city.
REMIDA is a project of the Istituzione Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and of Iren Emilia. It is ruled by the Fondazione Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi and is supported by a network of volunteers sharing and fostering its aims.