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Underwater (D.U. a.a. 2014-2015, Territories in crisis)

In a large part of Piedmont Region, the agricultural landscape is grounded on a social overhead capital, stratified over time ago. It was a minor infrastructural capital, constructed “from the water.” Today the incessant flooding is the symbol of the increasing weakness of the complex connections between landscape, water, soil and populations.

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Eternit. An environmental disaster (D.U. a.a.2014-2015, Territories in crisis)

The eternit factory was located in Casale Monferrato. It closed in 1986. It was specialized in the production of asbestos and today it is at the centre of an important legal battle for the compensation of the victims affected by the broken asbestos fibers (highly damaging the human body). An inquiry on this place means tracing (through the waters and the soils) the imprint of a disaster whose overall proportions still elude.


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Belfiore Valeria, Bellio Irene, Bertagna Luisa, Doglietto Alessandro, Geraci Valentina, Gerbino Carlotta Read more

What is thrown out of the city (D.U. a.a. 2014-2015, Territories in crisis)

The location of landfills, prisons, power plants seems to repeat old stories, when the huge urban facilities of the modern city were located outside of the city.


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The forbidden colours. Ciriè (D.U. 2014-2015, Territories in Crisis)

Poisoning factories are in the middle of an agricultural field: an ended narrative (of the process of production) is still totally open, as a ruin, in this field as it is open to the interpretation and memory of the people who lives in this place.

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Macario Ban Luca, Massucco Ilenia, Migliore Alessandra, Moujoud Jamal, Palma Claudio, Pavia Federico

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The gashes of industrial sites. Vercelli (D.U. a.a. 2014-2015, Territories in Crisis)

The railway is not a linear infrastructure that runs through the city. It is a dense and disturbing space, composed by abandoned areas and industrial buildings within the same urban fabric.


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Erbì Efisio, Sanino Laura, Schellino Simona, Schifano Giovanna, Sciandra Ilaria, Soncin Andrea

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Minor vivacity. Ex scalo Vanchiglia (D.U. a.a. 2014-2015, Territories in Crisis)

The north-east area of Turin is introverted and not very permeable. In its great “interior”, which was a cargo terminal, the strong divestment process is now marked by some punctual episodes, fragile and discordant, that seem to trigger a possible process of recovery.



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Mazza Gian Luca, Marangon Marzia, Marino Antonio, Menzio Karen, Parisi Giovanna, Parisi Marianna

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What remains of the Olivettian dream. Scarmagno (D.U. a.a. 2014-2015, Territories in Crisis)

Some places shaped and gave meaning to the idea of progress. They attracted  symbolic investments, as well as strong technological and economic ones. Scarmagno is one of these places: the reflection of the Olivetti’s dream that today is slowly colonized by vegetation.

“It was like an oasis in a desert, all this newness, I never tought I would live in that kind of a surrounding.”
“Era come un oasi in un deserto, tutta questa novità, non avrei mai pensato che avrei vissuto in quelle circostanze.”
Ruby Russel – Pruitt Igoe 1956

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Preti Lidia, 
Roccati Valentina,  Romano Emanuela, Titone Giovanni, Trocino Ulderico Marco ,Vanacore Luca

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Territories in crisis. Seminar discussion of educational works

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Urbanism Course – 2nd year – Architecture Bachelor Degree of the Polytecnic of Turin. Academic Year 2014-2015. Professor Cristina Bianchetti, assistants teaching: Elisabetta Bello, Michele Cerruti But, Agim Kercuku, Ianira Vassallo

Exploring “a disputed territory”. Turin. (D.U. – a.a. 2013-2014)

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The Atelier 2013-2014 dealt with the territory along the river Stura in Turin as a site for inquiry, research and design proposals. The pedagogical aim of the design exercise was primarly related with the photographic inquiry and the production of thematic maps (The Atelier of Urban Design was led by Cristina Bianchetti and Roberta Ingaramo during the first semester of the 2013-2014 academic year at the Polytechnic of Turin).

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Sharing new public spaces in Cusco, Peru (D.U. Cusco, A.A. 2012-2013)

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Cusco is a 300,000 inhabitants Peruvian city. It extends for over 10 miles along a narrow valley formed by the Rio Huatanay. The city expands linearly to the east of its incaic historic center (World Heritage Site since 1983) without any planning tool that drove growth and densification. In about ten years the city’s population is expected to double within a space that is already saturated: because the valley is small and the airport is located in its midst (tourism is the only important local economy’s driving force, with two million tourists every year). Read more