The Mediterranean archaeological nuclei as condensers of the territory signs

U+D  urbanform and design n. 20, 2024

Alessandro Lanzetta, Manuela Raitano, Federico Di Cosmo, Angela Fiorelli

The Mediterranean archaeological
nuclei as condensers of the territory signs. The case of Larissa in Thessaly

Click here     A Lanzetta M Raitano F Di Cosimo A Fiorelli


This paper presents the results of a design proposal
developed for the city of Larissa, in Thessaly,
on the occasion of an International Ideas
Competition sponsored by UIA.
The work we present starts from a basic assumption:
that archaeological remains still constitute
the “condensers” of historical signs on territorial
scale. Signs capable of demonstrating that territory
and city were originally part of the same
system, and that they can therefore, once again,
develop significant relationships.
Starting from this belief, our proposal pursued a
dual objective: on the one hand, re-centering the
archaeological area with respect to the city, as
an active part of urban life; on the other, at the
same time, re-centre the city itself with respect
to its territory, reactivating the relationships,
now hidden, between the historical-archaeological
nucleus and the valley of the Peneus river.
Working simultaneously on both the urban and
landscape scales, we have therefore tried to
broaden the basic goals of the project, including
the valorisation and the integration between city
and territory. The result was a design aimed at
reconnecting the archaeological nucleus with
the rest of the urban body and with the river
In conclusion, the case study we present aims to
demonstrate that the architectural project on
archaeological areas can pursue “large-scale”
objectives, thus becoming a driving force for
projecting the urban landscape heritage within
the territorial ecological networks, through a
system of signs that activate the symbiosis of
ancient cities with the original places of their

A new Village-in-the-City Wave in China

Qing Su,  Manfredo Manfredini,  Ruyang Sun
School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland; 2SAFA Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University

A new Village-in-the-City Wave in China.  

I Villaggi Urbani di Seconda Generazione
in Cina. Da supplemento al “dormitory-labour regime” a ecosistemi dinamici collaborativi

in U+D JOURNAL n.20, 2024




CLICK HERE        Q Su M Manfredini R Sun

In the context of rapid Chinese urbanisation,
stemming from the shift from a centrally
planned economy to a socialist market economy,
urban villages emerge as a phenomenon
of significant socio-spatial relevance. These
villages constitute unique informal ecosystems
dynamically modulating the organizational and
governance legacy of indigenous socialist rural
communes with those of the extractivist processes
of modern transnational capitalism paradigm
that progressively infiltrate every urban system.
Urban villages play a crucial role in sustaining
millions of rural migrants facing challenging
living conditions resulting from the perpetual intensification
of abstraction, fragmentation, and
isolation caused by deeply disruptive, irregular,
and multi-scalar urban restructuring rooted in
exploitative logics driven by imperative exponential
capital growth. Recently, in highly developed
regions, a second generation of antagonistic
settlements has surfaced, characterized
by the formation of antagonistic local networks
for the collective reappropriation of capabilities
and means of production. Our analysis focuses
on their mode of production, emphasizing their
unique systemic configuration, commoning
practices, and technologically advanced collaboration.
We operationalise agonistic solidarity
theories based on the recognition of the Right
to the city, underscoring the centrality of inclusive
relational self-determination. We demonstrate
how these transformations are situated
and conjunctural. We argue that their origin as
semi-enclosed, subsidiary spill-overs of the factory-
dormitory exploitation system facilitates the
formation of a counter-labour force that transforms
them into laboratories for independent,
relational, and translocal entrepreneurship. We
assert that these villages have developed unique
spatial practices of recommoning that oppose
the denial of the Right to the city, and provide
a multiperspective description focused on their
collaborative agonistic pluralism, cosmopolitical
differentiation, and creative transindividuation.

Urban Morphology Following The Muratorian Tradition

Türkiye Kentsel Morfoloji Araştırma Ağı II. Kentsel Morfolojiumu Sempozy






     click here          Following Muratorian Tradition

The method of reading and design the built landscape I will briefly present you here, draw from studies taking place in Rome in the interwar period by scholars as Gustavo Giovannoni, Giovan Battista Milani, Arnaldo Foschini and continued by Saverio Muratori.
For the method I propose, the Roman School heritage is relevant mostly for notions as history’s centrality in built environment interpretation and the coincidence of reading and design. Architectural “redesign” was (and is) in fact considered as a tool to transmit the notion of process and organism intended as an “integrated, self-sufficient correlation of complementary elements expressing a unitary aim”. (Strappa, 2014).