Alternative Housing Models in Action

International Seminar, 20th May-17th June

Future cities require resilient, inclusive and affordable housing, but, at present, the housing system, in Europe as in Italy, is in crisis. The housing question is an issue that has never found an ultimate solution and challenges posed by societal changes such as aging, social inequality, household fragmentation are today exacerbated by financialization and the inability to scale innovative solutions. Looking for answers, communities are emerging in Europe as a key ingredient in the production of new living concepts in the housing system, also triggering and involving the public actor and the market in a learning system. Many comparative housing researches are conducted in order to answer pressing questions for the future of urban living, including how do we want to live together, what is the role of housing alternatives. The seminar aims to give an overview of the current international debate and emerging living concepts and to trigger a comparative and interdisciplinary debate on housing.

10 June 2022
From 10:00AM
Sala Mollino, Castello del Valentino, Torino / OGR Tech, Corso Castelfidardo 22, Torino / Fondazione Feltrinelli, Milano
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Seminars days
20th May, 30th May, 10th June 2022. Towards the 17th June 2022, a day dedicated to housing issues within the event Broken Cities (Fondazione G. Feltrinelli, Milan)
Invited lecturers
Raquel Rolnik (Universidad de Sao Paulo); Gaia Caramellino (PoliMi); Laura Colini (URBACT); Darinka Czischke (TU Delft); Michele Lancione (PoliTo); Josè Maria Montaner (ETSA Barcelona); Carles Baiges (Lacol); Susan Schindler (ETH Zurich); Philipp Klaus (Kraftwerk); Radical Housing Journal; Ilka Ruby (Ruby Press).


May 20th

Housing lexicon. From the right to housing to community and cooperative housing.
Guests: Gaia Caramellino, Polito
Darinka Czischke, TU Delft

The new housing question. Starting points for new radical approaches.
Keynote: Raquel Rolnik
Guests: Michele Lancione, Beyond Inhabitation Lab, Polito
Laura Colini, Tesserae, Urbact

Place: Sala Mollino, Castello del Valentino, Torino


May 30th

h.11 – 13
The cooperative Housing in Barcelona.
Guests: Josè Maria Montaner, ETSA Barcelona
Carles Baiges, Lacol

The cooperative Housing in Zurich.
Guests: Susan Schindler, ETH Zurich
Philipp Klaus, Kraftwerk

Place: Sala Mollino, Castello del Valentino, Torino


June 10th

h.14.30 – 17.30
Housing research publishing. Ruby Press works.
Guest: Ilka Ruby, Ruby Press

Place: OGR Tech, Corso Castelfidardo 22, Torino



The seminar lead towards the 17th of June, a day with sessions dedicated to housing issues within Broken Cities (15th, 16th, 17th, 18th June) an event that, thanks to national and international guests,  aim at contributing to the reflection on the future of our cities starting from the trends and impacts of urban transformations on the lives of citizens.

Organized by Fondazione G. Feltrinelli in collaboration with DAStU – Politecnico of Milan, FULL – Politecnico of Turin, Fondazione Housing Sociale, European Urban Research Association, Urbinat


June 17th

Broken Cities

Place: Fondazione G.Feltrinelli, Viale Pasubio 5, Milan

h. 15-18
Roundtable of cities and citymaker. Housing policies, innovative and alternative solutions

h. 18:30-19:30
Public debate on housing transition



Fondazione Feltrinelli website