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Workshop/Conference ... 

Cosmopolitan Habitat   

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How can cities become a new concrete place to invent, explore, test, and live as open community that is able to face global challenges and at the same time to enhance urban inclusiveness and urban economies? 

Cities that use diffuse sensors and open data to understand problems and activate effective solutions, which recycles spaces, infrastructures and landscapes, which stimulates the widespread micro-creativity to create a system, which recovers the productive vitality of urban manufacturing, especially the innovative ones linked to digital transformation, and which finds back the economic power of its port as powerful gateway. A city that increases the vegetal dimension to give concrete answers to climate change, starting from the redevelopment of its forgotten river. Above all an augmented city that would improve its cosmopolitan dimension must refuse top-down traditional masterplan, implementing incremental and adaptive strategies to generate new metabolism instead of waiting for an opportunity, intercepting local, national and international resources within a design of the future and not with ravenous improvisation.

The aim of the Cosmopolitan Habitat Workshop/Conference is to debate and reflect about the ongoing re-positioning of urban planning in the last years and how this can be a new paradigm for urbanism. Due to rapid transformation in cities and to increasing global challenges, urban planning is not only questioning its theoretical concepts and practical tools: the main change is seen in the pathways of innovation of the discipline that connects for this task in new ways to society and to other disciplines. 

Cosmopolitan Habitat gives a complex answer to the issue posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, able to produce a multiple answer starting by the Goal 10 that aims to reduce inequalities. 

The Cosmopolitan Habitat workshop intends to invite international PhD candidates, students, young scientists, academics and professionals of urban planning and design in order to debate about the spatial dimension of migration, the morphologies of the space modified by the different human cultures that increasingly identify European cities and to reflect about new spaces of living in the project area: The Historical Centre of Palermo.


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Invited Speakers


Prof. David Grahame Shane

Adjunct Professor in the Urban Design program at Columbia GSAPP. He is the author of Recombinant Urbanism: Conceptual Modeling in Architecture, Urban Design and City Theory (2005). Most recent publications are: Block, Superblock and Megablock; A Short History (2014), Chinese Rapid Urbanization and the Megacity in Cities in Transition (NAi, 2015) 


Prof. Mosé Ricci

Full Professor of Urbanism and Architectural Design. Emeritus of Italian Republic for Art and Culture (since2003). Fulbright Scholar, Harvard University, (1996). Visiting at TU-Munich, IAAC-BCN, MAUD-Athens.  Books: Habitat 5.0 (Skira, 2019), New Paradigms (2012), RISCHIOPAESAGGIO  (2003). Accademia dei Lincei invited scholar (2019-22)   


Luisa Bravo

Global academic scholar and educator, social entrepreneur and public space activist. Her expertise is grounded in extensive academic postdoctoral research and teaching in Italy and Europe, the United States, Middle East, Asia and Australia. She is the Founder and President of City Space Architecture, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Journal of Public Space.

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Carmelo Ignaccolo

Ph.D. Candidate in City Design and Development at MIT, DUSP, and an Adj. Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP where he teaches a graduate-level class on digital techniques for Urban Design. His academic research focuses on urban morphology and environmental psychology in historic cities.

Guest critics

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Prof. Arch. Maddalena Ferretti

Architect, PhD, Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design, UNIVPM Università Politecnica delle Marche. National coordinator of  “[B4R] Branding for Resilience”, PRIN Miur (2020–2023). Former director of the research group for building and settlement development of “Regiobranding”, BMBF (2014–2017) Book: Scenarios and Patterns for Regiobranding (with J. Schröder, JOVIS, 2018).


Researcher and Lecturer

Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Design, University of Genoa. Researcher in Urban Design and Planning of Leibniz Universität Hannover (2012-20). Scientific manager of EU project ‘Creative Food Cycles’ (2018-20) his research interests include sustainable planning, urban-rural evolution, food and city relationship. Book: ‘Urban Agriculture. Strategies for City Resilience’ (ListLab, 2014).

PhD candidates

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Cosimo Camarda

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Maria Giada Di Baldassarre

Phd Candidate at Polytechnic University of Marche

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Phd Candidate at University of Palermo

Marina Mazzamuto

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Phd Candidate at University of Palermo

Villy Mylona

Researcher, Phd Candidate at National Technical University of Athens

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Caterina Rigo

Phd Candidate at Polytechnic University of Marche

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Dalila Sicomo

Phd Candidate at University of Palermo

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