Design Research on Temporary Homes – Hospitable Places for Homeless, Immigrants and Refugees focuses on questions of home, identity, and modes of inhabitation in relationship to asylum seekers and political refugees in Milan, Italy. The design research takes into account people’s complex and diverse cultural backgrounds and individual needs and aims to connect so-called “reception centres“ in Italy to the wider urban and social context. Projects address issues of temporary residence, multi-cultural co-habitation, the need for privacy and interpersonal relationships, in order to develop more hospitable and welcoming design proposals.
Dr Agnese Rebaglio is a designer, researcher and Assistant Professor at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano; Dr Elena E. Giunta is a designer, art-therapist and research fellow at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano.
“This book is a significant contribution to refugee studies, reflecting on the importance of psychosocial and spatial dimensions to promote social inclusion and citizenship. It is an excellent example of innovative cooperation between design and the social sciences.“
Paolo Inghilleri, Professor of Social Psychology, Leader of Environmental and Cultural Heritage dept, Università Statale di Milano.
“A highly interesting Design Research project on supportive environments, drawing attention to the importance of quality of, and belonging to space.“
Luisa Collina, Professor in the School of Design, Politecnico di Milano.
144 pages, 17 x 24 cm, paperback, English, numerous illustrations, ISBN 978-3-88778-444-7