In 1998 the Municipality of Reggio Emilia purchased the “Locatelli” cheese warehouses so they could become both home to the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre and at the same time a symbol of urban renewal in this northern area of the city where the first industrial area was located.
The Loris Malaguzzi Centre was opened in February 2006.
It was created to give greater value to a strong and distinctive characteristic of Reggio Emilia; the ability to lend listening, visibility and support to the rights and requests of children, young people, families and teachers. The Centre is a dedicated meeting place where professional development and research intersect for people in Reggio Emilia, Italy and the world who wish to innovate education and culture.
The centre includes a research archive, exhibitions space, meeting rooms and auditoria, restaurant and hospitality facilities. Ther is also an early childhood centre and primary class onsite.
It is an open place so that its potential can be appreciated; open to all ages, to ideas, different cultures, to hope and imagination. A place of the possible, both necessary and useful for the concept of a city ascribing value to change.