Giovanni Michelucci. The thirty anniversary of his death: an opportunity to visit the home-studio

Before the celebrations for the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Giovanni Michelucci (1990-2020) which falls on December 31, 2020, the Giovanni Michelucci Foundation with the Tuscany Region and the Municipality of Fiesole, promotes “Giovanni Michelucci at Villa Il Roseto: The home-studio of the master”, a cycle of guided tours and meetings from 16 October to 28 November 2020. Here the program

A short speech for #mycityoftomorrow

Urban life, spin off of the University of Florence, launched the initiative #mycityoftomorrow, a reflection on the city of tomorrow in the light of the current pandemic crisis. I contributed with a brief reflection (Italian): while the page to access the various comments is here:

Cities at the time of Covid

Urban public space is a space of relationships, marked by bodies, meetings, randomness, by a spontaneous order that cannot accept anything other than rules of common sense and not of imposition, if we want call this space public. It is a stage for the lives of all of us, who want to stay on the foreground or in the background, protagonists or extras in the urban comedy and, as in

In the midst of things. Cities and in-between spaces. A book by Iacopo Zetti and Maddalena Rossi

The book relates a research experience that focused on in-between. Places on the margin of urban centralities, even when inside them, pieces of countryside escaped to buildings, small lots that make friction to the flow of the built environment that invades the valley bottom, errors of rational planning, brownfield, portions of infrastructures and services no longer in use, construction sites of never finished buildings, and many other puzzle tiles that

Delhi. Density and rarefaction

According to some sources Delhi is the world’s most populous metropolis. 22 million souls inhabit the huge conurbation (2013) and whether these are the right numbers or, just, the 16.5 million people of the official statistics, is a huge amount. But Delhi can surprise because of its absolute contrast in distributing so many inhabitants in so incredibly different ways. If we consider the two historical areas of Old Delhi and

Inland Habana

Inlandsis is the word that identifies Antarctica and Goenlandia and literally identifies a glacier inside the mainland. Nothing more different than the warm, often torrid, Caribbean island. The Habana, however, is a city that, if travelled along the lines that separate it from the sea or along the lines of its inner land, strongly changes its appearance. The first city is known by the international tourism, by the images now

The post-socialist city. Budapest between globalization and past heritage

1989 is the year of the definitive disappearance of the bloc of the socialist republics which, since the Second World War, have marked the events of Europe. The year of the demolition of the Berlin Wall, the year of the “velvet revolutions”. The short time before the end of the century marks the countries of socialist Europe with profound transformations. New perspectives open up, new cultural, political and social exchanges

Florentine countergeographies

A tour in the city of Florence “built” by the inhabitants The body has its own reasons in different life seasons determining the way to inhabit and build new and old spaces of the city, beyond traditional uses and behaviours, sometimes recovering old functions, inventing new and unsuspected ones. Spaces and times of everyday life, bricolage in the use of the city, the silent and unconscious countergeography that becomes visible

Travel notes – Iacopo Zetti

I had the opportunity, for a series of reasons, to cross Florence in the morning and evening in the past days. I expected silence and in fact I listened to it. This silence is not that of the out of town. In the mountains it does not exist because the air plays and the same in the countryside because there is always a rustle or the sound of a plant.