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Posts from the ‘Territories in Crisis’ Category

Territories in Crisis: We go again

Territories in crisis has investigated the relationship between individuals and environment, within many concrete situations in the Europe: urban, mountain, agriculture, coastal. Conditions that show «a deep change of the grain in the world». What does this precisely mean? At least three meanings: the coexistence of incongruous phenomena that we used to keep separate one another; the fine grain of the transformations, that doesn’t exclude important centralization of values and power; the clear perception of the way, in which today in Europe, we conceive rights and duties, we conceive the running of the institutions;  we feel part of a community. A reflection on European territories can re-start from these three aspects. Read more

Trajectories in Urban Research: Fourth Seminar

The urban project is still largely the project of the public space. The discussion faces a traditional theme of urban studies, from a double perspective. On one side stating the usefulness of a relational approach, which uses the categories of intimité, extimité and public, at the center of which there is the body, even before the right of access to public space. On the other hand, claiming the public power of  the interiors, beyond the physical and social continuity of the Modern conception of the public space. The two views are not without problems. Their advantage is to reposition the issue out of an acquiescent debate, marked by conservatism. Read more

A masterclass on productive territories: “Reindustrializing Europe”

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Next May 11 and 12  the IUAV School of Doctorate will host the phd masterclass “Reindustrializing Europe”. While the scientific consultants are Paola Viganò and Gioacchino Garofoli, this two days conference is organized by Michele Cerruti But with Cristiana Mattioli, Roberto Sega, Ianira Vassallo. Through some researches and experiences Economists and Urbanists discuss the future of production in Europe. Read more

Book Launch & Discussion. Lausanne


Little subversions

A walk through the modern neighborhood of Isolotto in Florence reveals (here as elsewhere), many incompatibilities between the original design and the contemporary uses. To put it another way: the inability of the modern city to represent the contemporary one. Not to mention that the gap between the two cities is now growing faster for reasons related to the economic crisis and social changes.

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After ten years from the Olympic Games: is the debate just outside?


Interiors rewrites of the Olympic Village buildings, made by students, immigrants, families which live in social housing scheme.

Below a note on the Olympic village in Al Jazeera article


Strolling in slippers: a reflection on luxury and space


Last Alessandro Michele runway at Milan fashion week proposes a man who uses a poetic memory as “sparks able to build constellations rich with future in which past meets present”. Dressing is a way to protect individuals and to shield them in a comfort-zone which is far from the democratic space of society and which seems to ask for a space for intimacy which becomes a luxury. Read more

Back to Sassuolo. Metamorphosis of Industrial Districts and their Territories

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Despite industrial districts still play a relevant role in Italian economic system, they have deeply changed over the last decades. They faced the globalization of markets, the growing importance of the knowledge economy and the recent economic crisis; thus, they are undergoing a metamorphosis that leads them to open up, join supra-local territorial networks and systems, and reshape around a few leaders, mainly international medium-sized enterprises.  Read more

New Towns Europe (1): The Jungle, Calais


The number 1133 of the magazine Internazionale updates us about the conditions of the migrants camp located at the entrance of the Channel Tunnel, in Calais. The camp, formed in 1994 after the opening of the tunnel, is now inhabited by a variable number of migrants, estimated from 4500 to 6000 people. Shops, mosques and restaurants, services of all kinds, articulating a network structured not in its forms, but in its practices. So that the essence of urbanity has now completely erased the original condition of temporariness of places like these: the camp of Calais is now a new city and no longer a place of teaching and preparation for a ‘normal urban european life’. Read more

The city of mixité and the massacre in Paris

Giacomo Sartori writes about the symbolic value of the districts of mixité (and not those of finance capital or upper class) in the massacre in Paris last Friday.

Here the article: