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Housing Sociale e Collaborativo

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Its main partners are Fondazione Housing Sociale, along with Confcooperative Federabitazione, Legacoop Abitanti and Associazione Nazionale Costruttori Edili. Support has also come from major real asset management companies, including Prelios, Investire SGR spa, and Torre SGR spa. 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.


via Don Giovanni Verità, 25 - Milano

Training objectives

The Specializing Master 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 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) policies and projects in which public action and actions of private parties are geared to promote and support integrated interventions for living
b) support the establishment of a community of residents, in which relationships are collaborative and oriented to shared management, and that it is founded on the principles of social integration;
c) the design and construction cost effective of energy efficient settlements for residence, community services and public spaces open to the city;
d) the financial and management planning that allows the economic sustainability of the interventions and their maintenance over time.

In a period of profound demographic changes (marked by new migrations and an aging population), of impoverishment of the middle classes and social polarization and economic restructuring of the labor market and welfare policies, as well as transformation of the building sector, social and cooperative housing is one of the main responses to the needs of contemporary living of large segments of the population and one of the most vibrant areas of experimentation in the field of architectural, financial and social planning in Europe.

Interest in social housing is constantly on the rise in Italy. After an initial pioneering phase, now the need for a new multidisciplinary professionalism is emerging.

Didactic Plan

The program’s learning structure benefits from its interdisciplinary nature, the integration of theory and practice, and its design approach. These features translate in to a sequence of lectures, specialist workshops, and a project developed throughout the course. Students are called upon to work in groups by integrating their diverse skills to develop the design activities they have been assigned. Following this process enables them to consolidate an overall, interdisciplinary vision of the issues dealt with.

Didactic Modules

The Specializing Master offers a line of work consistent with the development of a real housing project, whose steps involve the relationship with other disciplines, translated into training modules organized in line with the system of university credits (CFU standard).
These modules can be grouped into three broad subject areas:
Architecture and design
Management and Finance
social studies
The workshops create the occasion for students, under expert guidance, to apply the methods and tools learned during their theoretical lessons to designs and to real cases. They undertake specific tasks, such as:
community building
settlement planning
analyzing economic feasibility.
The workshops, integrated with some theoretical contributions, also constitute the core of the following specific training modules:
The definition of policies and projects for living
The architectural and urban design
Strategic planning, services and community
The financial planning
These modules can be also open to punctual partecipation of professionals not enrolled the entire path of the Specializing Master.

The first part of the Specializing Master is devoted to basic theory. It is designed to consolidate students’ preparedness to complete the entire course of study. This segment deals with general issues in social and collaborative housing by analyzing international best practices and its historical, theoretical, and cultural features.

The middle segment of the program is made up of diversified activities:
Features of strategic design, service design, and building and managing communities are dealt with during the first workshop and dedicated lessons in theory.
The second workshop is an intensive design laboratory that tackles and integrates the diverse issues involved in housing design: the city setting, architectural planning, the job site and construction, residential and neighborhood services, building and managing the community, and financial planning.
Aspects related to the definition of policies and projects for living and social planning and Economic and financial planning and feasibility are treated transversally during the first workshop and the intensive second workshop, as well as in specific lessons devoted to theory.
Following the two workshops, on the basis of their content, design results will be tested precisely in order to ensure real feasibility conditions and conformity to the actual architectural design. Prior to the final internship an exercise will also be held to assess overall learning development and capacity for critical application of learning outcome. The exercise, coordinated by the subscribers to the second level path, is to culminate in an event for presenting results to the public and to representatives of the industry.

Title Released

This program awards a I or II level Specializing Master Diploma in “Social and Collaborative Housing. Planning, Designing, and Managing the Contemporary Habitat”.

Employment Opportunities

The Specializing Master 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 collaborative housing. It thus strives to train a specialist who can work in planning, designing, and managing modern forms of 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 Specializing Master, 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.



Candidates must have an old-order university degree or a new-order graduate degree in architecture, design, engineering, the social sciences, the humanities, or law. Candidates without such degrees may be accepted into the program as auditors if they can show significant professional experience on which they wish to build a career.