Social housing estates are often problematised as places of segregation and disintegration in European cities, yet they are also potentially a prime locus of integration between people of different cultural origins and social backgrounds.
The research project PuSH (Public Space in European Social Housing) investigates social housing, including cooperative housing and rental mass housing estates in Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy to better understand how cultural encounters happen and, ultimately, how integration can be better sustained. The project will explore the concept of publicness through the lenses of (non-)planning, democracy, cultural heritage and policymaking by studying the dynamic relationships between people and places on-site.
PuSH is conducted by researchers and non-academic partners from Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Italy. PuSH Switzerland is led by Dr. Marie Glaser, director of ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE. The project is funded by the EU HERA programme Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe (2019-2022).
2019 – 2022