The paper engages on the issue "space and violence" through a critical approach to the theoretical debate on the spatial justice. The object of study is the Zen public housing district in Palermo, explored through a case-study methodology. The critical argument used by the authors is the availability of "space", as explicit in the contradiction between the powerful actors - real-estate promoters, politicians - and the weak ones - citizens and volunteers. The authors suggest looking at the unavoidable violent essence of the space, a space to be intended as production in the interaction between hegemonic pressures and insurgent actions.
Keywords: Spatial justice; production of space; Zen neighbourhood in Palermo; public space; violence.