ALTEA ROSATA | CO-HOUSING
Affordable housing is a growing crisis in large cities around the world. Socio-economic inequalities combined with a lack of affordable rental housing are the major contributing factors to why people everywhere are struggling to stay in their homes. Citizen Design takes an invested interest in the public discourse of this crisis and strives to be a part of the solution. This year, Citizen competed in Bee Breeder’s 2019 International Architecture Competition that asked participants to propose collective living solutions for the affordable housing crisis in Rome. Years of housing shortages have created dense, over-populated neighborhoods leading to rising rental prices. This, combined with an increase in unemployment and a higher cost-of-living, has caused thousands of families and individuals to be evicted from their homes. Rome is just one of several capital cities experiencing challenging living situations.
Citizen was inspired to offer a solution that promoted affordability, community, and sustainability while integrating seamlessly with the existing fabric of Roman culture.