Starting from the analysis of the main fragility profiles that affect temporary inhabitants in Venice, the article describes three case studies that embrace the metropolitan dimension of the city, and present innovative housing models. In a perspective of renewal of the public housing sector and of its possible role within the complex scenarios of the contemporary city, this work is aimed at deepening the knowledge of a set of practices promoted by the third sector in Venice in order to respond to today’s living needs. By investigating the collaborative dimension of these experiences, some design and governance models emerge. They are useful to rethink both the idea of a home, and the ‘cultural’ idea of living in the city.
Keywords: Temporary housing; social and economic sustainability; urban regeneration