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Living landscapes (Landscapes for Living) Conference Proceedings</br>Section 2 | Right to housing

Conference Proceedings
Landscapes for living
Section 2 | Right to housing

The progressive weakening of traditional physical, social and organizational structures - and of the urban tissue itself - usually leads to poor control of the city system. One of the primary consequences of this phenomenon is the inability for the city to ensure a constant and equal access to the identifying aspects of citizenship to the totality of the urban population: such as accommodations, resources, services, spaces, constitutional rights, education, and social and political participation.

The speed of the progressive mutation, which interests the contemporary city, has thus created a state of widespread urban insecurity, which starts at a housing level and then grows quickly through all the aspects of the urban population's life. Rapidly it invests with uncertainty and fear the ability for the individuals to recognize themselves in the urban environment and within community in which they live. An insecurity that ends up inhibiting in the population the possibility to imagine a future in their own urban space.

The "solution" to the housing problem - and thus, also, to any other above mentioned consequences – is culpably expected to come from the dynamism of the real estate market; which is instead precisely set within an economic cycle that continually marginalizes wide segments of the population, entire ethnic groups, and countless individuals.

As a consequence, the inability to give answers to the different needs of the population - outside of restricted economic systems - has generated a variety of social, independent, grassroots practices of self-organization which claim their presence within the urban sphere, and their active role as social agents able to generate various and alternative social practices. From community housing, to co-housing, from co-op housing, to co-working, to various forms of collective squatting, all of them become opportunities for coexistence beyond the barriers of an urban environment which is otherwise predominantly individualistic and fragmented.

These practices are affirmed as a right to live the city in its various (housing, working and aggregative) forms; on the one hand as a way to overcome pressing economic difficulties which were already present before the current crisis, and on the other as a way -looking with renewed confidence to the dynamics of relationships - to rediscover a sense of Sharing or, as it was called in the recent past, of "good neighborliness".

Local housing / Abitare Locale
Section edited by Elisa Bertagnini, Rita Biconne, Andrea Saladini, Chiara Serenelli

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• Right to inhabit and right to the city
Chiara Belingradi
 Shared territories. Turin 
Angelo Sampieri
• Partisan collectives as breeding grounds for an active citizenry 
Sabina Selli
 Perspectives on the use of open digital resources for the development of city and territory 
Andrea Rosada
• New practices of social housing: from a definition to recent development 
Nadia Caruso  
 The social responsibility of architecture in housing policies 
Elisabetta Capelli  
 The right to create and live cities: beyond neoliberal public  
Marvi Maggio 
 Urban places and public space: the Luzzi case study
Corrado Marcetti, Sabrina Tosi Cambini 
• Housing front line: the self-production of habitat
Anna Lisa Pecoriello