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To live an Idea

At the beginning was INA Casa: thousand of italians lost their house because of the war, many of them were leaving the country to live in the cities, unemployment spread and architects were looking for a new identity beyond fascism. These were the conditions behind the epic Fanfani plan, driving force of post-war reconstruction and origin of the problems that afflict italian suburbs until now: by one hand new buildings gave to many families decent houses where to live, on the other hand the failure to execute facilities and infrastructures was the main reason of the social flop of that neighbourhoods designed with all the best purposes. The discussion about social housing in our country re-emerged from oblivion in 2008 during the XI Biennale of Venice with the exhibition Housing Italy/L’italia Cerca Casa by Francesco Garofalo at the Italian Pavilion. Nowadays, in fact, the problem of the house and, as a consequence, of the development of the city, has the so-called “grey-group” as protagonist: it is composed by people not so poor to access to public housing but, at the same time, not so rich to take out a loan, without considering the army made of off-site students, immigrants, olders, single that spend all their savings in high rents completely out of public control. The dimension of the housing problem is increasing with the worsening of global crisis but at the same time initiatives based on concepts like sharing and sustainability are developing and giving us cause for hope.

They are projects involving citizens, ethic banks, associations, architects and administrations that, through the requalification of abandoned or unused buildings, can interpret the needs of a society that want to be multicultural, equal and supportive. One example is the project SHARING IVREA 24, coordinated by arch. Manuel Petacchiola, which transformed a scruffy building in Turin in a social house with a range of solution for different users according to their needs (from the option housing for a period of minimum 12 months to the residence one of minimum 14 days), and with many facilities (time banking, mediation centre, shops, social/cultural activities), essential to build a sense of community. Fortunately this is not an isolated case, there are so many projects about self-construction, co-housing and others hybrid solutions that are currently developing in our country and that, despite the delay respect to northern Europe, can spread and contribute to get out of the crisis.

 

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