“Moby Dick” is the new cultural and operational area created thanks to Regione Lazio in partnership with Roma Tre University and Laziodisu. It has raised from the ashes of the former public toilets and has been restructured. These spaces, planned and created by architect Innocenzo Sabbatini in the early 1900s, had been the location of the public toilets: here the inhabitants of Garbatella district had a shower when it wasn’t possible to have it at home. They had also represented an area to socialize – and even conspire – against Fascist regime.
Since 1960s they had been the offices of a private commercial activity just to 2012: in that year the building had been cleared. In 2014, after an institutional agreement, Regione Lazio, the municipality of Rome and the eight district have determined the end use of the edifice. Regione Lazio invested seven thousand euros and this has allowed the area being a public space for students and citizens, with a lot of free and open services, such as: a library planned by Roma Tre University by network connection with the chain of academic libraries; a conference room; a room for exhibits and shows; a periodical library for newspapers; wifi area; an area for children as well as for cultural and didactic activities.
Some spaces are devoted to Penny Wirton, that is an Italian school for migrants, founded by the writer Eraldo Affinati in 2008: through free education, the school works for social inclusion and integration of the poorest bracket by fostering right to education, culture and knowledge.