Among the many firsts that Milan claims is the unrewarding one of being the city with the highest and most out-of-scale rents for students and out-of-towners. Reading real estate ads can sometimes be a comical pastime, with basements sold as ‘lofts’ and suburban streets passed off as ‘districts’ of this or that. The Instagram account Alvar Aaltissimo together with the publishing house Corraini last year published the volume Stanze Milanesissime, collecting unlikely building projects and rents that do not seem so far from reality after all.
From Thursday 27 October, the creator of ‘progetti altissimi’ has chosen another Italian city that has recently been at the centre of criticism for the unhealthy development of its property market: thus Stanze Bolognesissime, published by Corraini itself, is born.
This book, too, is a collection of real estate advertisements for dubious living spaces for desperate students or those willing to all but sleep under the arcades of Piazza Maggiore.
They rent ‘half-rooms’, ‘pillow places’ because there is no space for a bed, or rooms in which to sleep comfortably. On the stairs. With five roommates.
Alvar Aaltissimo’s amusing language does not conceal a criticism of a problem that is affecting more and more cities, which have become inaccessible to students, who in order to follow courses or temporary internships accept sometimes unimaginable situations. Sarah Gainsforth, a journalist and expert on issues related to the transformation of cities, housing policies and the social implications of metropolitan living, talks about all this in the book.
“Stanze Bolognesissime” is an Immobiliare.it noticeboard, no less distant from reality, but more entertaining.