Fall 2018, lecture by Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo.
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Lecture by Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo.

Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo, scholar in Landscape Urbanism, will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday October 23, 2018 lecturing on “Loaded Void. Falling Modernism, Arising Landscape Urbanism”, as part of the “Theories of Architecture” course directed by Marco Brizzi.

Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo researches experimental ecological design and its theoretical implications, to generate new territories of imagination. In particular, considering the design as a “weak” field evolvable and renewable through new trans-disciplinary approaches, based on paradoxes as cognitive method.

In 2004, after a degree cum laude in Architecture and Urban Planning, she attended the Third Level European Master in Strategic Planning for Architectural, Urban and Environmental Resources. In 2009, she completed a PhD with Merit in Architectural and Urban Design, defending the thesis “Void Density: a Relational Approach for Urban Design”. In 2010, she was Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developing the research project: “Space, Place, Context, Landscape: the Hermeneutical Circle US-Europe since 1956”. In 2011-2012, she was Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, developing the research project: “WeakCity: Notes on Landscape Urbanism”.

She is founder and director of an independent research agency Weakcircus, active in studies, research, and project development in contemporary urbanism within the Theory of Weakness. She is co-founder and co-director of B.L.U.E. (Building Ecological and Landscape Urbanism), international platform of research on landscape as new strategy for contemporary cities. She is co-founder with R. Ingersoll of Terraviva and Earth Service program for ecological and agricultural developing in urban contexts.

She is Adjunct Professor of Landscape Design at the Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino.