Assumptions and objectives
ReHab is a research programme about housing and houses. Input comes from all kinds of researchers – architects, urban planners, sociologists, and scholars of legislation. It began in 2018 and will continue until 2020; funds are provided by the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) at the Politecnico di Torino. ReHab was inspired more by doubts than time-honoured convictions.
Housing and houses are cited as terms reflecting an imperfect tension between houses as a disciplinary object endowed with formal rules, and dwelling actions projecting their meaning on general and transfigured planes, involving real, imaginary and symbolic aspects.
Housing and houses are examined against the background of European urbanisation not considered as a place of identity (it contains everything, even opposites, and is made up of diversified and continually evolving situations). It is regarded more as a topographical position that can be used to embark on an observation strategy bearing in mind international and global dynamics, without which it is impossible to comprehend the cities and territories of Europe.