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Corpi tra spazio e progetto

The European urban tradition has clearly addressed place as the limit to design. We cannot conceive of living and exchanging without profound roots in places. And so do architectural and urban design, they are about places.

There is another modern tradition in urbanism that gravitates around the body. Bodies are an equally important reference than places. Though not as influent, it suggests another non-mainstream approach to modern urbanism. This tradition scrutinizes what goes in between the body and space. Read more

Through the rooms into a diorama. Alternative domestic model to inhabit the territory

The thesis inquires into how tourism is able to rewrite a territory within the framework of new global geographies. Forms of temporary mobility provide an opportunity to experiment with infrastructures capable of providing adequate support for an alternative habitat. The project strategy, configured on the occasion of Europan 15 in Croatia, is realized starting from a reflection on the articulation of the tourist’s domestic space, in its possibility of expansion and contraction in a continuous landscape and in relation to seasonal rhythms. Read more

Vittorio Gregotti

La Casa della Cultura di Milano, ricorda Vittorio Gregotti nei suoi interventi ai libri di

Bernardo Secchi “Il futuro si costruisce giorno per giorno” e di Cristina Bianchetti “Spazi che contano” editi da Donzelli Read more

“Making a world”. Un’esplorazione progettuale sul territorio della Dora

The Dora river has been for the city of Turin an important infrastructure, both from an economic-productive and a morphological-urban point of view. Retracing the long history of the relationship between the city and the river, after the 1980s, following the industrial divestment processes that affected it, this territory has undergone transformations which, in a reductionist way, have overwritten it, by the means of superimposed functions. Read more

The design of Relation

Human relations are part of our everyday. They manifest in a plurality of forms, movements, insitutitions and spaces. Thus if they have a reality, they can be studied as such. This thesis explores the so-called “design of relation”, arguing that in certain contexts – such as that of metropolitan cities in countries with evolved economies – the most intense forms of social interaction are exchanged within opaque contexts, where different social categories can find their own niches or insides to gather. Read more

Palermo 40 anni dopo. Dal Piano Programma di De Carlo e Samonà a due possibili visioni progettuali

Palermo’s Detailed Plan of De Carlo and Samonà is the starting point of the reflection carried on in this work, introduced by the information of the “foggy superstructure” that in the last forty years replaces the spatial project of the city with the imaginary. Read more

“What is the place of manufacturing in a post-industrial society?” Short track from the seminar of 12th November 2019

In the occasion of the presentation of the book “Territorio e Produzione” (Quodlibet, 2019), an extensive discussion took place in the Mollino Library of the Castello del Valentino. The debate offered numerous insights into what it means today to investigate the relationship between production and space. What made the seminar interesting was not only (and obviously) the profile of the invited scholars, but also their complicity and direction in studies and projects that took place in the past and are prefigured today. Some notes follow. Read more

Due questioni. Note a valle del seminario del 15 ottobre 2019

I would like to speak about two questions. Both concern the conditions within the research on territory and production is developed. The first question refers to conformism or, to joke with old common saying, “increasingly similar researches”. The second issue is that of reconfiguring new or renewed relationships between critical reflection and research practice. Read more

The other city growing in Prato

Whilst the city center of Prato (Italy) lives an incredible calm and elegant touristic age, his industrial zone grows around the swarming Chinese community who is running the biggest fast-fashion district of Europe. A new city is developing from every single factory inner space: commercial, productive and residential activities overlap in the same place and display an intense urban environment. As a temporary answer to the changing productive society’s needs, both public and private streets and courtyards are full of street vendors and hawkers.  Is this only an effect of an accelerationist city or is it the chance to plan an alternative future for contemporary European cities? Read more

Territorio e produzione