As part of the Rai 3 programme Il Cavallo e la Torre (The Horse and the Tower), an in-depth analysis of the fact of the day presented by Marco Damilano, Stefano Boeri speaks on the concept of living and its contemporary challenges, especially related to student protests against high rents in some Italian cities, such as Milan, Rome and Bologna.
The interview touches on general themes, such as an analysis of Italy’s largely energy-intensive and degraded building stock, and possible solutions to prevent the depopulation of cities by young people.
“This is a fundamental issue, which does not only concern students; it is a general issue that concerns the risk, especially in Milan, that ours become a city for the wealthy elderly,” says Stefano Boeri.
“While you study there is an issue of student halls of residence, for which you are inevitably helped by your parents; but when the university period ends you are forced to leave the city that you would have chosen instead to plan your future because the costs become unaffordable.
Milan has gained 500,000 inhabitants and lost 400,000, but of the latter almost all are young people – young couples, students who do not encounter an affordable housing market. But there are also two other issues, of social housing and the use of underused buildings, such as offices, barracks, which are present in our cities today but are empty.” Stefano Boeri concludes.
Per visionare la puntata completa: https://www.raiplay.it/video/2023/05/Il-Cavallo-e-la-Torre—Tende—Puntata-del-10052023-6ce2c860-5ed9-4976-9f22-c2bda25218bf.html
The interview with Stefano Boeri was also reported by La Repubblica.