Housing facilities and public shelters for Roma in Rome are expensive, highly segregated, and low quality. They have been justified on the basis of the categorization of Roma as nomads, and are challenged and criticized by Roma rights activists and international organizations. Their regulation and actor system have been the object of several judicial inquiries for corruption. But they persist. Mixing different sources (semi-structured interviews, observations, and analysis of budgets) we describe the architecture of different Roma camps in Rome. We focus on four main dimensions of the relations between architecture and space (boundaries, distribution of objects, permanence, and symbolic orders). Previous research in organizational theory has shown that architecture and interior design have a structuring and enacting power for social relations. To explain the persistence of these architectural forms, and the absence of social innovation, we look at the strategic action fields in which these camps are embedded, discussing the relevance of “invisible” relations.
|Title of host publication||Architecture and the Social Sciences|
|Editors||Maria Manuela Mendes, Teresa Sá, João Cabral|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Apr 2017|