Giorgi, E., Delsante, Ioanni, Bertolino, N, and Manzoni, G.D. (2014) Collective housing as a good way to reduce city fragmentation. In: Cohousing. Programs and projects to recover heritage buildings. Edizioni ETS, Pisa, Italy, pp. 196-201. ISBN 978-884674068-7

Today the study of the fragmentation represents an important
occasion to meditate on the city and on the evolution of the
relational strategies of settlements. If we analyse in a critical way
our contemporary cities, we can see several interventions of the last
decades, that brought, more or less consciously, to discontinuity and
isolation (gated communities to the new ghettos). In this situation the
individual becomes part of a small community; but how long does it
can go on? Are the public and sharing spaces, in which we can open
ourselves to the city and in the same time we can develop a sense
of identity and belonging, well designed? Are they at human scale? A
tendency, that can be observed in the modern western cities, is the
intervention as collective living and cohousing that are producing urban
continuities and community relations trying to institute relationships
with the outside, always keeping their own differences and identities.
Anyway the architectonic results don’t seem already innovative and
the general quality of the interventions remains of low level. The
innovative examples for collective living can certainly be considered
positive for what deals with functions, topics and sense of community:
spaces where liveability increases and where a rediscovered relation
between Man and Environment is at the centre of the project, have
been designed. So the lacking passage to completely solve, thanks to
the cohousing projects, the fragmentation of the city, deals with the
architectural aspect. Architects must underline the importance of the
architectonical results in terms of language and spatiality to increase
the integration capability of the intervention. In this case the design of
architecture has a fundamental role for the next development of the
city and for solving all the fragmented and inclusive situations


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