Places strongly connoted from an architectural and urban standpoint, the roman borgate represent a privileged observatory through which to explore the housing cultures of an important part of the public city destined for the lower classes. A difficult way of dwelling charged with many complications but which, starting from the Post World War II period, is also characterized by the spread of a series of informal practices among the tenants revealing a specific family and housing cultures. They are an expression of certain habits, the needs and conceptions of living, they configure on one side a collective strategy for the access to the public buildings and family rootedness in the territory and a different relationship between the public and private on the other sphere; they also contributed to the sedimentation of a deep-rooted sense of belonging to these places. The reconstruction of this social action and its outcomes therefore provides an important interpretation to understand the characters and peculiarities of this residential universe. The period investigated was marked by the race for welfare and the expansion of consumption, to which the different social classes did not participate in equal measure. The starvation of the Borgate did not cease to be represented at the movies in a sort of prolongation of concerns and social imaginations that belonged to the period of the war and the long post-war period. The consumption and the eating habits of the inhabitants of the borgate allow to glimpse lights and shadows of modernization.
Keywords: Social housing; roman borgate; informal practices