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What has happened to Italian architecture?/ Cosa è successo all’architettura italiana

Il prossimo 21 aprile a Genova si terrà una giornata di studio a partire dal libro di Francesco Garofalo Cosa è successo all’architettura italiana? (a cura di Mario Lupano, Marsilio, 2016). Le discussioni, nell’ordine riportato nella bozza di programma, sono riferite alla biografia di Francesco, architetto, professore, uomo di cultura, persona pubblica con ruolo attivo, propositivo, spesso polemico riguardo a procedure istituzionali, accademiche professionali. L’incontro si terrà presso il Dipartimento di Architettura e Design della Scuola Politecnica dell’Università degli Studi di Genova, con il coordinamento scientifico di Carmen Andriani. Read more

“Back to the future”. Looking back at the factory town to explore renewed relatonship between producton and space

The aim of the Urban Design Studio 2016/17 (Architecture degree course of the Politecnico of Turin) was to analyze and understand what is left today on the territory of the Fordist city structure. In this sense, Turin can be an important case study to look, not only because in this city is possible to observe how his industrial past was absorbed or denied, but also because here it’s interesting to define what prospects are opened today for the spaces that haven’t been subject to a process by transformation. Read more

L’equivoco della famiglia

In Italia il discorso pubblico sulla famiglia è spesso intessuto di conflitti ideologici, ambiguità, equivoci.


Chiara Saraceno, L’equivoco della famiglia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2017, pp.173 € 15,00.

Squatter. Conflicts and sharing

Recently, a book published by  Shake Edizioni repeats the record of employment movements of ASA in London in the late 60s. The publisher says that the text has long been under observation and only the situation of the last decade has revived the actuality of it . New informal organizations are emerging, raising squatting, in a situation and in a completely different city. In European cities the forms of conflict are intertwined with that of sharing, supported by the values of frugality, creativity and reciprocity: new rhetoric and new mystic whom break epic or comforting genealogies. The following note speaks about of this distance. Read more

Comparing Habitats

Comparing Habitats is a PhD Seminar addressed to doctoral students in the fields of Architecture, Urbanism, Human and Social Sciences, and Visual Studies. The seminar is organized by the Laboratory of Urbanism (Lab-U, EPFL) and the Institute for Geography and Sustainability (IGD, UNIL) in the frame of Swissuniversities Program, for EPFL-EDAR.Until today you can submit an abstract for Comparing Habitats.

Following the seminar project:

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The Isolotto neighborhood in Florence: Regeneration between public policies and private actions

This article was published in the Journal “Modern Environmental Science and Engineering”. Below we publish the abstract and the link from which you may download it.

“Problems relating to the regeneration of many urban spaces, inherited from the Modern age, and the adaptation to new uses and populations have appeared following the economic crisis that hit Italy. They relate, in particular, the open spaces of the public city of the twentieth century. An incredible heritage, for vastness and quality, which seems an excellent potential strategic support for the future urban and regional regeneration, but poses huge maintenance and redesign issues. Read more

Urban Reception | Urban Infrastructure. A possible spatial answer to the city’s dialogue with migration

Starting from a conception of the migratory flow as a representative phenomenon of a condition of increasing mobility, the research aims to investigate the situations of intersection between the migratory trajectory and the contemporary city, in particular the response of the structured urban space to the short temporality of the flow that crosses it. Read more

Transitions. Space, social and economic disruptions in the Artisan Village of Modena

There are many and diverse legacies of the Golden Age in the Italian context. In the EmiliaRomagna case there are primarily a network of industrial clusters and small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises. Often places are still active, they produce and live although with less intensity and, in some cases, seem to be endangered. Through the study of the events and phenomena, that have involved the West Artisan Village of Modena, we can figure out what possible future have these spaces, but also how it changed and will change their relationship with the city in a time of important transition. Read more

La Ville Fragile. 2

L’Atelier di Urban Design del III anno del Corso di laurea in Architettura si propone di riflettere su ciò che resta della città fordista, indagando, a mezzo del progetto, una ampia parte della città di Torino. Nelle forme dell’indagine e della progettazione spaziale introduce concetti, strategie e strumenti propri del pensiero urbanistico e architettonico contemporaneo. Insieme, induce ad una riflessione sul ruolo del progettista nell’interpretare e dare forma a sistemi urbani complessi. In questo si allinea ai corsi di Urban Design delle scuole europee. Read more

[Dis] Continuous Territories

On 7th March 2017 will be held at Polytecnic of Turin, Sala dello Zodiaco, the thesis seminar “[Dis]Continuous Territories. Below the complete program


Photo credit: © Pat O’Rourke, Tracks, Toronto 2015