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Transformative homes: squatting and furnishing as sociocultural projects. / Giorgi, Sabina; Fasulo, Alessandra.

In: Home Cultures, Vol. 10, No. 2, 07.2013, p. 111-133.

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Giorgi, Sabina ; Fasulo, Alessandra. / Transformative homes: squatting and furnishing as sociocultural projects. In: Home Cultures. 2013 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 111-133.

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