This thesis investigates the relationship between territory and spaces of production in Val de Sambre, a region of Belgium which has been dramatically shaped by heavy industrialization since the Second Industrial Revolution, and it is facing a progressive abandon of its industrial spaces since the 1970s. The thesis aims at critically understanding the role of those abandoned spaces – the so-called Friches industrielles – both as byproducts of old modes of production and as opportunities for being part of new territorial design scenarios. Read more
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“Tokyo is now for many years the capital of the third Grand Tour. The first had as the center Rome […]; the second was located in the unlimited spaces of the United States where the center was New York […]. Today is the enormous japanese metropoly the destination of the new imaginary and knowledge itinerary grown by the global dimension […]. In Japan […] it seems that everything that is identified as the newest is born directly from the tradition, in
a sort of mystical cohabitation of every temporality” Read more
Really well-defined relationships and roles characterize the history of the Villaggio Artigiano Modena ovest.
A well-meaning administration conceived an urban space where people could live and work at the same time: as a providential project, the main idea was based on a clear integration of two distinct dimensions of daily life. This model village stands out as one of the most important part of the city and anticipates many contemporary urban rhetoric: in fact, different ways of living and various spaces of production intertwine the same way Labour and Politics do. Read more
Densificazione e ridefinizione degli spazi abitativi a Berlino. La decostruzione del modello della Townhouse
This research comes from a certain interest and curiosity developed during these years and through two university experiences in Germany, at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, during the bachelor years, the second at TU Berlin during the master. The purpose of this study is to investigate contemporary city housing spaces, in particular in Berlin that has been one of the most interesting experimental areas for architecture and urbanism. Read more
The city in the course of history has been described in many ways, it’s always tried to “tamper” and program it, but in fact it could compared to a large organism that evolves, mutes, splits, joins always to something unexpected, of unpredictable, but too many are the individuals and factors involved in it inside to allow us to fully control it.
If we return to consider the practice of walking as a primary the cognitive tool of the city, we can actually come across hidden, marginal ones that feed on residues, reality they had been forget or perhaps simply ignore: slums.
These small outbreaks stand out on the European urban landscape with an almost viral connotation, forming a constellation of parallel “small cities” that grow and emerge on unexpected land as mine exploded. Slums representing the provisionality of the city claim their right to appear. Read more
This research aims at exploring the ordinary spaces of contemporary cities and at investigating the way in which nowadays social dynamics and contacts express themselves in the urban mileu. […] Although ordinary spaces seem to be significant only to a few segments of the urban population, they cannot be discarded or overlooked: the majority of city inhabitants still reside there. Their interpretation should be questioned right through the new tensions put up by the emerging contemporary urban system. On one hand, ordinary spaces are in contraposition with the rising networked space that concentrates around nodes and centralities. On the other hand, they are the terrain for proximity, still relevant even if mutated after technological revolutions. Ordinary spaces, then, are still alive and host new forms of living the public sphere. […] Read more
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
“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
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
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