Living on the margins: 11 symbolic places in the Italian periphery

May 09, 2022 192

BY: Chiara Testoni

Ernesto Nathan Rogers used to say that “the corpses of architecture remain unburied”. And this is what has happened to many residential projects in the Italian suburbs which, by offering the poorest members of society housing worthy of being called “home”, testify to a desire to redeem society from poverty and discrimination.

As early as the time of the industrial revolution, visions of an ideal city conceived to optimise the quality of life of workers (Villaggio Crespi) were developed but it was especially in the post-war period that the suburbs took on a “pilot” role in the genesis of new urban policies. 

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