City and Public Housing Heritage


“City and Public Housing Heritage” research line focuses on the following topics:

– the renewal of the public housing districts;
– new forms of inhabiting for the reuse of existing housing heritage.

This line of research deals with the issues related to the ‘re-form’ of public housing districts, interpreted starting from the recognition of the particular spatial and morphological features that characterize them and in relation to the condition of the “city in extension”. Because of their position, between city and countryside, their size, which confers them the value of ‘parts’ of the city, their spatial articulation, which refers to the ‘open’ city of the Modern Movement, these districts may constitute a ‘resource’ for the re-construction of form of the contemporary city. What, however, often seems to be missing is a clear morphological and spatial determination of their parts, probably deriving also, but not only, from a widespread condition of incompleteness of these settlements.
This line of research, therefore, tries to identify urban transformation techniques aimed not only at recovering and valorize the existing housing heritage but also at defining or strengthening formal ‘orders’ capable of establishing renewed relationships of meaning between the existing buildings and the open space.
Considering, moreover, the ongoing social transformations and the corresponding new ways of inhabiting, which recall collective forms experimented in the past, this line of research also tackles the ‘typological’ and re-founding theme of the new forms of inhabiting, developing it in two ways: on the one hand that of the transformation of the housing unit of the existing public housing heritage; on the other, that of the definition of new ‘models’ and prototypes for the construction of new housing units earmarked to the new social cores of the contemporary society.