Oct 29, 2015
In collaboration with Elisa Cattaneo (Milano Politecnico), UTL researcher Nikos Katsikis recently organized a one-day symposium on ‘Geo-graphical Urbanism’ within the context of the Milan Expo Belle Arti, in the Perelli Tower, Milan. Playing upon the literal meaning of the word ‘geo-graphy’—the writing on the earth—the symposium aimed to unpack the relationship between urbanization and geography, both as a discipline and as an understanding of context. The symposium built upon ongoing work in the UTL on planetary urbanization, as well as the continuing elaboration of a geographic paradigm for design within the GSD’s New Geographies journal. It brought together an interdisciplinary selection of seminal scholars and practitioners in order to examine and discuss both the agency of geographical factors in shaping patterns of human occupation of the earth, as well as the role of design decisions and projects as geo-structures inscribed on the earth’s surface. In this way, the symposium aspired to explore the potentials of a geo-graphic paradigm to design research and practices. It also addressed the rich and long, but rather under-examined, intellectual exchange between geography and various design disciplines. Partipants included Franco Farinelli (Bologna), Milica Topalovic (ETH), Paola Viganò (EPFL/IUAV), Alex Wall (Virginia) Adrian Lahoud (Royal College of Arts, London)
Oct 27, 2015
UTL researcher Nikos Katsikis recently presented our ongoing research on visualizing planetary urbanization to a workshop of Italian researchers with similar interests in the Milano Politecnico Department of Architecture and Urban Studies. The session was organized by our colleagues, Professor Paolo Perulli and Professor Valeria Fedeli, and was meant to facilitate an exchange of ideas between the UTL and varous researchers engaged in a project on ‘Postmetropolitan Territories and emergent urban forms’, a collaboration between eight Italian universities (Politecnico di Milano, IUAV di Venezia, Politecnico di Torino, Università di Firenze, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Università di Palermo, Università di Napoli Federico II, Università del Piemonte Orientale). Nikos’ presentation addressed the metageographical frameworks behind the construction of geospatial data, their limitations and their potentials. The Italian team presented their ongoing research for an online ‘Postmetropolitan Atlas’ of Italy that compiles and maps numerous indicators of urbanization.