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The Confucian City of the XXI Century


On Tuesday the 22nd of December was held in Venice the conference: “La città del XXI secolo. Ragionando con Bernardo Secchi”, with Paolo Ceccarelli and Francesco Indovina. Starting from a presentation of the book with the same title, the two authors explored briefly the issue of the contemporary city focusing on main traits of their long experience and their stunning envisioned world. Read more




The gap between haves and haves-not. The Robert Putnam’s last book

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What has happened to the Land of Opportunity? The Robert Putnam’s last book is important contribution to the  discussion on rich and poor and to the ongoing discussion about inequality in America. He tells the story of the fall of the American Dream. The promise of the past decades was that anyone regardless of his or her origins, can have a fair start in life.  But over the last several decades a disturbing “opportunity gap” has unexpected emerged between kids from “have” and “have-not” backgrounds. Putnam tells many stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs   starting with the story of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton and coming up to the more recent years. Read more

Shared values. A note in the margins of a book by Giacomo Becattini (and Alberto Magnaghi)

In this book titled La coscienza dei luoghi, Giacomo Becattini goes back to the fundamentals of his reflection on districts. Sometimes, he makes a reclaiming that brings back events, attitudes and beliefs that have built a relevant part of the Italian economic thought from the fifties. Other times, he goes back to his true main passions: Marshall first. The book is composed by very different texts: short articles in newspapers, lectures and a long dialogue (almost half of the volume) with Alberto Magnaghi in which it is outlined a convergence between trajectories of theory and inquiry in economic and territorial fields. Read more



Territories in Crisis. Architecture and Urbanism Facing Changes in Europe is forthcoming by Jovis Verlag.

Here the preview:

La città del XXI secolo.

E’ stato pubblicato il libro La città del XXI secolo. Ragionando con Bernardo Secchi, FrancoAngeli editore, con scritti di A. Becchi, C. Bianchetti, P. Ceccarelli, F. Indovina.  La città contemporanea ha costituito il tema che Bernardo Secchi ha trattato con più intensità negli ultimi suoi anni. Un tema che l’ha visto impegnato sul piano metodologico, dell’intervento diretto sulla città e, in ultimo, sotto gli aspetti direttamente politici. Proprio per questo suo impegno il tema è sembrato agli autori che meritasse una particolare attenzione, ma a partire proprio dall’elaborazione di Secchi. Il libro è infatti immaginato e realizzato come un colloquio-confronto con l’amico scomparso e contemporaneamente come un omaggio, un ricordo. Nessuna agiografia, ma come vuole la tradizione dei rapporti degli autori con Bernardo Secchi, attenzione, differenziazione, punti di vista diversi, confronto. L’amicizia non vuole diplomazia, ma sincerità.


Il racconto onesto

A new realism: there is one for every season and attitude, we might say. Philosophical attitude, of course, but also literary one. It shows all shades of the “honest novel” that Goffredo Fofi has collected for the first time on Lo Straniero and then in a book.

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Who are the excluded ones?

In his latest book, Saskia Sassen is back facing the issue of exclusion that from 80s has been constantly strengthened and diversified, covering individuals, lands, plants and animal species. Dynamics with different genealogies and reasons, settled by a sort of predatory formations. Two important issues are dealt with. The first one is a conceptual reversal: global capitalism diseases are reflected in many expulsions even more than in inequality experience. The second issue concerns the global cities as places where the different dynamics of expulsion are recomposed, the power becomes real. Read more

Territoires partagés. Une nouvelle ville

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An urban wood. Controversial foundations of antiurbanism

Paolo Cognetti’s preface is one of the reasons for the interest in the new edition of the book Walden or Life in the Woods (Einaudi, 2015). The well-known story is laden with symbolic values. Cognetti tells us of Walden, a place close to Concord, the settlement that Thoreau could reach by walking in about half an hour. He goes to Concord to greet friends, to visit parents or to spend the evening with Emerson. We can infer from this that a certain sociability is also linked to an intimate and exclusive relationship with nature. Those who don’t complain (or those who fear) this sociability, don’t understand the vagaries implied by the secluded life. Read more