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Re-inhabiting the water and land with Giancarlo Ghigi and Laura Mascino

Nowtilus. Stories from an urban lagoon in the 21st century



Available on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes e Google Podcast.

Residency, urban regeneration and tourism are among the most complex and most discussed issues concerning Venice and its surrounding area.

Which territories are considered marginal, and why? What is the relationship between these areas, the environment and its inhabitants? What sort of action and mobilization has taken place on the islands of Venice and its mainland in order to affirm and reconsider residency in this unique landscape? These questions are complex and multifaceted, but we will raise some interesting points while discussing them with Giancarlo Ghigi, a computer scientist and vocal activist who we will be talking to about the Poveglia Per Tutti (Poveglia For All) project and Ocio! (a public housing and residency watchdog), and with Laura Mascino, an architect and professor in urban planning, and co-author of “Re-inhabiting Italy” (Donzelli editore, 2020).

The episode will be available from Thursday November 19 on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts.

Music: Saltland (2020) by Enrico Coniglio. Autofocus (2011) by Giulio Aldinucci. Courtesy of Enrico Coniglio and Giulio Aldinucci.

Giancarlo Chigi

Giancarlo Chigi holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Padua, and is a freelancer in the communication sector and an activist for the protection of public assets. He has collaborated with Pearson, Il Mulino, Inquiry, Stati Generali, and Il granello di Sabbia.

Laura Mascino

Laura Maschino PhD is an architect and was professor of urban planning at Milan Polytechnic University. She works at the Istituzione Veneziana, a social services organization, where she deals with social housing and welfare. Working with the theme of regeneration, she has recently led various projects for Teraferma - the Venetian agricultural park, for DD Social in Dorsoduro, Venice, and for Crocevia Piave in Mestre. She has won several national and international competitions, and has realized architectural projects in Italy, Great Britain, and Japan. She is part of the steering group for “Re-inhabiting Italy”.