In keeping with the EU2020 objectives, the research addresses regeneration of the existing public residential housing stock built in central-southern Italy in the 1960's-80's with industrialised procedures that produced, contrary to the underlying aims, new pockets of disadvantaged housing. This housing constitutes an area of intervention with common characteristics, badly lacking in terms of performance and quality, with its upgrading constituting one of the country's most critical emergencies. The research is meant to determine planning strategies of `overall sustainability' (technical, economic and operational) and elevated housing quality, while also establishing a new definition of the demand for change (problem setting) through an in-depth survey of the housing stock and the practical needs of the beneficiaries, plus a review of the most innovative strategies of regeneration implemented in similar EU contexts. With this background knowledge, real-life case studies can be analysed using planning strategies based on innovative, `light', up-to-date technologies for projects of expansion, stratification, reuse and micro-demolition involving spaces (indoor and outdoor) outside of the residential units, and thus more easily `tackled', with a greater potential for functional, technological and environmental regeneration.
The results, produced under a systemic methodology suitable for reiteration in terms of factors of space-function, technology-construction and energy-environment on a building/neighbourhood scale, shall be presented in a catalogue of initiatives suitable for immediate application, contributing to the drafting of a project with international partners in response to one of the H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 calls concerning energy efficiency in buildings. On the national level, the results shall provide support materials for the development of strategic and project planning by public and private entities undertaking housing renovation initiatives.