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Housing Frontline

Inclusione sociale e processi di autocostruzione e autorecupero
  • Edited by:
  • Corrado Marcetti,
  • Giancarlo Paba,
  • Anna Lisa Pecoriello,
  • Nicola Solimano,

Over recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the various possible forms of poverty and housing vulnerability: from the total lack of shelter of the homeless to the risk of losing their home that now threatens numerous families in medium-low income brackets. At the same time, the traditional linear and standardised housing policies appear no longer adequate to address these phenomena.
This book contains the results of a study entrusted by the Tuscan Regional Authority to a working group from the University of Florence and the Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci. The research explores the field of practices for self-production of housing in Italy and the world, through a critical selection of significant experiences, revealing the architectural and social creativity exploited in a large variety of collective actions. The book also contains a reconstruction of housing problems in Tuscany and an overview of alternative approaches to housing policy.
The last section is devoted to the research-action on the occupation of the Luzzi, the abandoned sanatorium on the border between Florence and Sesto Fiorentino, a case that illustrates the most significant contradictions and dilemmas gravitating around the housing issue for the new poor: the problem of homeless immigrants; the difficulty of the authorities in managing problems of extreme housing poverty; the role of the associations and organisations of social mediation, and the inherent complexity of achieving a participatory approach to social and town planning research.

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Corrado Marcetti

Giovanni Michelucci Foundation , Italy

Giancarlo Paba

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0003-4055-0421

Anna Lisa Pecoriello

University of Florence, Italy

Nicola Solimano

Giovanni Michelucci Foundation , Italy

Corrado Marcetti, former assistant to the architect Giovanni Michelucci, is currently director of the Fondazione G. Michelucci, engaged in issues of town planning and contemporary architecture, with special reference to social structures. He has co-ordinated studies and research into questions of social and intercultural habitat.

Giancarlo Paba is professor of Territorial Planning at the University of Florence, in charge of the degree course in Planning and Design of the City and the Territory, and Director of the Inter-University Centre for Science of the Territory. His latest book is Corpi urbani. Differenze, interazioni, politiche, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2010.

Anna Lisa Pecoriello, has a PhD in Town, Territorial and Environmental Planning and works with the Lapei (Workshop for ecological settlement planning) of the University of Florence. She deals with participatory planning for self-sustainable local development.

Nicola Solimano is co-ordinator of activities and research at the Fondazione G. Michelucci. He co-ordinates the activities of the social observatory carried out by the Fondazione Michelucci for the Tuscan regional Authority, dealing with the phenomenon of precarious housing, policies to combat housing poverty and the settlements of the Rom populations. He has developed and co-ordinated research and planning experiences on these issues at European level.
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Pages: 220
  • eISBN: 978-88-6655-082-2
  • Content License: CC BY 4.0
  • © 2011 Author(s)

  • Publication Year: 2011
  • eISBN: 978-88-9273-619-1
  • Content License: CC BY 4.0
  • © 2011 Author(s)

  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Pages: 220
  • ISBN: 978-88-6655-076-1
  • Content License: CC BY 4.0
  • © 2011 Author(s)

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Housing Frontline

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Inclusione sociale e processi di autocostruzione e autorecupero


Corrado Marcetti, Giancarlo Paba, Anna Lisa Pecoriello, Nicola Solimano

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