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Villagexpo Nantes. The resistance of a model

In the late sixties the French government had undertaken multiple researches and experimentations in the field of dwelling, within that tendency that Lukasz Stanek called “institutionalization of critic”. The debate present in those years, in particular the alternative between “pavillon” and “grand ensemble”, not exempted from harsh judgments moved to the one as to the other solution, will be background of the reflections of the greatest scholars of those years (Lefebvre in first place) and the best experimentations. Read more

Exclusion in Turin. Dwelling as social inclusion condition

“Poverty, feminine noun, singular. Errata corrige. Poverty, feminine noun, plural.” The 2015 Caritas Report about poverty in Italy starts like this. In recent years a dramatic increase of Italian and foreign workers has been measured, who have used up any type of social safety net, including the family network. That is totally new for Italy. The State, forced by the European spending review, cuts the social services and delegates to the family, which, at the mercy of the crisis and unsupported, is no longer able to support the weakest links within it. Read more

Territori che cambiano. Riarticolazioni spaziali nel biellese post industriale


Interpreting a territory also means shaping one’s design imagery. In those areas where, despite some radical changes, past territorial images are still heavy, both in terms of spatial organisation and people’s perception, a renewed interpretative action is necessary in order to frame new spaces for different projects. Read more

Città e diseguaglianza. Il caso del 3ème arr. di Marsiglia

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This study addresses an issue that recently has opened a wide debate: the issue of inequality, or rather, the polarization of population in extremely opposite classes: poverty and wealthy. Or rather, addresses the implications in the urban space of the presence of groups divided for resources, not just economic.  Read more

Religion is back to the city

<<In our building [it] concerned only the maids and cooks. Of course, I began to understand that Allah was concerned not only the poor […] but we were lucky enough to not feel the need. >> Pamuk talks about the relationship between the rich middle class with the religion during the 60s: a matter of servants and cooks. The Westernization and the modernization meant a radical detachment from places and practices of the religion. Landscapes sketched by Le Corbusier half a century earlier, by  mixing mosques and palaces, seemed to be permanently relegated on an extraordinary, but cold, monumental fifth. The city was going elsewhere. After 50 years, things are quite different. In Istanbul and in the West, religion is back with the force to rewrite the city and its spaces, breaking again in the public sphere, carrying out old traditions and new habits.

Elena Romanazzi, (Tesi di Laurea Magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, Politecnico di Torino, A.A. 2014/2015. Relatore: Cristina Bianchetti)

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Chelas, Lisboa. Five explorations

The thesis focuses on Chelas neighborhood, in Lisbon, and it deconstructs this part of the city within five explorations aimed to bring out particular characteristics of the place. The explorations follow different methods of inquiry and adopt different tools through an approach that doesn’t allow questions with precise answers as it doesn’t admit solutions that could solve the complexity within a pacified and unified scenario. The aim is not to decrease ambitions and possibilities of the traditional urban project. It is aimed to discuss, in a context deeply signed by the economic and demographic European crisis, the potential of impossible projects, the ineffectiveness of remedial politics, the need for strong and decisive actions.

Leonardo Ramondetti (Tesi di Laurea Magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, Politecnico di Torino, A.A. 2013/2014. Relatore: Angelo Sampieri)

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The Port of Ancona. A Disputed Territory

The thesis focuses on some spontaneous practices – authorized or not – within some areas of the port of Ancona, in a process of evanescent transformation. The work was divided into four parts. The results are based on morphological game of contraction and expansion to the water and the ground, that the commercial port has had during the different centuries, as well as the denial of the sea to the people, trying to reconstruct an imaginary land of water that makes possible the coexistence of the different actions, until now scattered and conflicting.

Stefania D’Agostino, (Tesi di Laurea Magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, Politecnico di Torino, A.A. 2013-2014. Relatore: Anna Maria Cristina Bianchetti)

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Beyond crisis. Biella

Beyond crisis |Biella focuses on crisis implications on space and planning. The case study is the Wool Industrial District of Biella, which is best known for its high quality wool production as well as it is the cradle of Italian Industrial Revolution. Biella is also actually the cell of the Economic Model based on Industrial Districts which was the most relevant development model in ‘80s and ‘90s in Italy.

Michele Cerruti But, (Tesi di Laurea Magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, Politecnico di Torino, A.A. 2013/2014. Relatore: Cristina Bianchetti, Correlatore: Luca Ortelli)


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Falchera. Le qualità di una città pubblica

The Master Thesis proposes a careful deconstruction of Giovanni Astengo’s project La Falchera.  The work aims to understand better the original ideas and guidelines of the project. It makes so through an iconographic research on the original drawings compared with a photographic survey allowing to capture morphological and relational spaces and their modifications.

Simone Ruberto, Sara Cristina Zanforlin (Tesi di Laurea Magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, Politecnico di Torino, A.A. 2013/2014. Relatore: Cristina Bianchetti, Correlatore: Franco Berlanda)


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The Subsoil’s Disposal: The Via Stradella Tunnel in Turin

This work focuses on the recent disposal of the Via Stradella Tunnel in Turin, an infrastructure that was assembled at the beginning of the 90’s during the Football World Cup. This work aims to contribute to a debate that involves dismissing and recycling, referring to the notion of life cycle. The attention is focused on the soil’s thickness in the belief that an action within the ground can bring benefits to the reorganization of the urban space.

Agim Enver Kërçuku (Tesi di Laurea Magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, Politecnico di Torino, A.A. 2012/2013. Relatore: Cristina Bianchetti, Correlatore: Angelo Sampieri, Laura Cantarella)


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