Social housing, historically, has represented an opportunity to differentiate itself from private housing and its obsession to achieve the maximum number of square meters of private “indoor air” and to reduce common spaces to a purely functional question. The recent health crisis caused by Covid-19 has generated an unprecedented social crisis that has made visible, precisely, the consequences of this housing policy: monofunctional housing, lack of individual places for outdoor expansion, etc.
By contrast, we could affirm that the quality of social housing should be measured by the maximization and qualification of the “outside air”, as well as by the indeterminacy and diversification of its private and common areas. In this way, we understand that the recovery of the communal space as an articulator between the private and the public space is essential. But we have also recently learned that the communal space can and must articulate a therapeutic and functional relationship of housing with the outside world. This would, roughly, mark a clear differentiation with respect to private housing and, above all, a different way of measuring the architectural quality of the social. If to this we add a certain sensitivity to cultural ecology, we can affirm that public housing is, in turn, an opportunity to reflect on concepts such as identity or memory; in this case, industrial through the nearby Can Ribas factory and its associated imaginary.
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