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Collaborative housing shaping new forms of urban regeneration: an Italian approach, the city of Turin

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2017
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Caruso, Nadia
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AESOP
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The concept of “collaborative housing” encompasses various perspectives on the housing issue: from the scale of single architectural project to the broad neighbourhood dimension, involving different actors and networks and with a specific attention towards social capital and the role of the community. The main research question of this paper is whether a collaborative housing development has an effect on the larger neighbourhood. The aim is addressing the topic focusing on the urban regeneration/revitalisation effect, in order to understand if collaborative housing can be an aid against social exclusion and marginalization related to housing distress. Therefore, the author intends to investigate whether the development of collaborative housing can be a mean to increase social cohesion and strengthen community involvement. The Italian case study can contribute to an international comparison: Italy constitutes a particular territorial context in Europe due to the scarce investment on public housing and the irregular attention of national governments and national policies on the social housing sector. This case allows to discuss the definition of collaborative housing in a historical and place-specific perspective. The practices developed in Turin, a metropolitan city in the North-West of Italy, show a comprehensive approach to the housing issue. In Turin public and private local stakeholders promoted a general frame of actions to deal with social exclusion and marginalisation related to housing distress. The city’s approach indicates that collaborative housing can promote new forms of intervention in the urban contexts.
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Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity, Lisbon, 11-14th July, 2017
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