Massimo Bricocoli_

Massimo Bricocoli was appointed Full Professor (Chair of the city of Esch sur Alzette) at the Université du Luxembourg in March 2015.

After a MSc in Architecture (Politecnico di Milano) and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning (IUAV Venice), Massimo Bricocoli has been for ten years tenure track Assistant Professor in Urban Policies at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of Politecnico di Milano. In that period he has been a Faculty member at the School of Architecture and Society with teaching and research appointments at IUAV University and Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

In 2009-2010 he was Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin and HafenCity University Hamburg, in 2014 he was Velux Visiting professor at the Centre for Urbanism at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Theoretical and empirical research interests and activities are focused on four main domains, developed in a comparative European perspective:

1. Urban regeneration policies, with a focus on neighbourhood development, area-based policies tackling inequalities, urban decay, socially and economically disadvantaged groups;

2. Housing policies and projects: new living arrangements, policy and design supporting affordable housing, planning and management of social and public housing;

3. Emerging forms of urbanity, place making, social and spatial organization processes in new urban development projects;

4. Social change patterns and the restructuring of local welfare policies, with specific reference to: integrated local policies, social and institutional innovation in local governance systems; policies targeting social and civil insecurities;

5. The development of a theoretical contribution to the innovation of teaching and research methodsin urban studies.

On these themes he has been: developing research projects, consulting local governments and publishing books as well as presenting and discussing in the context of invited lectures, advanced teaching programmes, research seminars and major international scientific conferences.

Research outcomes are documented in a number of scientific publications consisting of  books, book chapters and articles (in English, Italian, German, French, Chinese).

Social mix and housing policy: Local effects of a misleading rhetoric. The case of Milan, in « Urban Studies »


The article focuses on different uses of the concept of social mix and on emerging criticalities of its use as a planning principle by discussing the results of empirical research on recent housing projects in Milan, Italy. Although the concept of social mix is generally represented as a tool to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged social groups, the praise for social mix in new housing projects may also be driven by the will of targeting the needs of specific medium–low income groups considered functional to urban growth, and by the increase of real estate values that it may provide. In urban contexts affected by a severe shortage of rental housing, social mix strategies may foster the exclusion of lowest-income groups from access to social housing and favour their segregation. Especially with reference to southern European cities, social mix risks becoming a catchword with paradoxical effects in local policy agendas and the topic of mixed communities becoming employed as a socio-political lever for developer-led, profit-making developments.

Social mix and housing policy: Local effects of a misleading rhetoric. The case of Milan, in « Urban Studies » – ResearchGate. Available from: [accessed Nov 3, 2015].

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