Cohousing in the Po Valley. Rethinking dwelling through a social and zero soil consumption grid - The present article discusses new forms of habitat, understood mainly as relational attitudes which, in taking shape, pro168 Territorio duce spaces and give voice to the strong emphasis on creating community that is increasingly widespread in contemporary society. The opportunity to observe from close up the transformation of a Gruppo di Acquisto Solidale (Gas - Social Purchasing Group), set up by some Ferrara residents, into a group of aspiring cohousers, and to follow them through the various phases of collective learning, dialogue with the local institutions and with the various stakeholders who gradually appear on the scene, is set in a much broader research project. The latter has been pursued for some time now by the present writers and involves local government policies for the city and the surrounding area, with a particular focus on relatively marginal context of which the region of the Po Delta can be considered a concrete expression.
Keywords: Cohousing; new welfare; marginal areas.