Social and Collaborative Housing
First and Second-level Politecnico di Milano University Master’s Program
IV Edition
April 2015


This master’s program is organized by Politecnico di Milano consortium, with the support of the Design School, the School of Civil Architecture, the School of Architecture and Society, and the School of Construction Engineering and Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. 

Its main partners are Fondazione Housing Sociale, along with Confcooperative Federabitazione, Legacoop Abitanti and Associazione Nazionale Costruttori EdiliSupport has also come from major real asset management companies, including Polaris, Prelios, Investire Immmobiliare SGR, and Torre SGR.  The program has also received sponsorship from the Ordine degli Architetti, from planners, landscape artists, and conservationists at the Province of Milan, from ACRI-Associazione di Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio SPA and from the Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica.


The Master’s program in Social and Collaborative Housing. Planning, Designing, and Managing the Contemporary Habitat was launched to meet the growing need for general knowledge and professional skills in planning, designing, and managing contemporary forms of social living that are based on policies and choices of social integration and collaboration.  Social and collaborative housing refers to construction projects that include offering living accommodations, services, initiatives, and instruments aimed at those who are unable to meet their housing needs on the market, either because of lack of adequate supply or for financial reasons.
The program achieves its aims by setting up an integrated process that includes:
a) establishing a community of socially interconnected residents, based on principles of relationships and social integration;
b) building low-cost complexes with energy-efficient accommodation, common services, and public spaces open to the city;
c) financial and management planning that envisions the economic sustainability of the project and its long-term maintenance. 
At the current moment in history, marked by a growing anthropological and governance crisis, widespread migratory movement, increased urbanization of the underprivileged, and a shift in city dwellers’ societal roles, social and collaborative housing represents one of the answers to demand for modern living on the part of broad swaths of population at all social levels.  In recent years, this field has been one of Europe’s most vibrant areas for experimentation in architectural, financial, and social planning.  Interest in social housing is constantly on the rise in Italy.  After an initial pioneering phase, the implementation of the SIF* integrated system for social housing real estate funds has now brought us to the stage at which the need for a new multidisciplinary professionalism is emerging.
*The SIF calls for establishing a €140-million national investment fund managed by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SPA (Deposit and Loan Fund) to facilitate the startup of a series of local funds devoted to locally promoted initiatives that meet the requirements of public and social interest. (

Job Description
The master’s program is set up to provide skills shared by several disciplinary fields called into play by such projects (architecture and design, the social sciences, and management and finance) so as to create a convergence of methods and tools.  Its aim is to train professionals who, in addition to their own fields, can understand and handle the complexity and the issues of other disciplines that come together in creating social housing.  It thus strives to train a specialist who can work in planning, designing, and managing modern forms of social living based on policies of integration and collaboration.  This new job description can find a match in disciplinary skills that have been rounded out through the master’s program, as students acquire the essential notions of the other specializations involved in the process of establishing social and collaborative housing: architecture, service design, social science, management, and finance.  As a result, they achieve the capacity to play a systemic role in the planning process. 

Degree Awarded
This program awards a University Master’s Diploma I or II level in "
Social and Collaborative Housing. Planning, Designing, and Managing the Contemporary Habitat" .
The Master grants 60 CFU, equivalent to 60 ECTSAttendance is mandatory for a total of not less than 75% of scheduled activities.


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