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[In]Formal. Lisboa

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.
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In the ordinary city. New ways to trigger contemporary spaces of contact

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

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



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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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