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IP Atoms & Bits Final report zip EN 22,36 MB

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Please douwload the last version of the report "A system of Fondaci to converse with the east"



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Dear friends, here you can find the draft agenda. See you soon in Venice. Have a good journey.

Roberto ROCCO, An Urban Geography of Globalisation: New Urban Structures in the Age of Hyper-connectivity, Delft, IFoU, 2008.
How is Globalisation changing the form and spatial structure of cities today? Deceptively simple, this question presents us with a number of methodological challenges and unanswered theoretical problems. What is globalization? Can we define a series of distinctive new phenomena constituting a coherent and logical outline? Do these phenomena influence the structure of cities today? If so, how? Our hypothesis is that processes related to globalisation have resulted in convergent transformation in urban spatial structure in some areas of global cities. However, convergent transformation emerges from very particular spatial, historic and social contexts. Old and new processes are in constant interplay and spatial outcomes are very different at first sight. The dichotomy between 'globalizing' and 'non-globalizing' spaces may contribute for social and spatial division and polarisation in cities. It also represents a new challenge for planners, who have to deal with often contradictory processes stemming from the global and local arenas.


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Dear friends here you find the relation about the workshop theme.

Project goals

Why the “Fondaco”?
Until the XVII century the fortune of Venice has been linked to its connections with the East, thanks to which it imported sciences, arts and crafts.
With the success of sea transport and the resulting widening of the trade channels from the Mediterranean to the Oceans and specifically to the Atlantic, a process of constant decline began from the early nineties of last century, and then developed into the decline of the entire West.
The barycentre of the scientific and economic progress has in fact moved first along the American Atlantic coast and more recently it rapidly involved the oriental countries.
The project suggests to select an “oriental “Fondaci”” space as a unit able to attract culture and eastern experiences in order to trigger a new development cycle involving the West.
This space is localized in the ex industrial platforms of Marghera Port that should become the innovation vanguard in the north east, bridge between West and East and one of the European Union’s qualified platforms dedicated to the refounding of its relation system.
2010 will be the year of China in Italy; this opportunity should be taken to propose a system of new fondaci, re-interpreting a historical Venetian core settlement system, a clone of the oriental caravanserai.
Thanks to new fondaci the Venetian metropolitan system would regain its role as a hinge between West and East.
The design of system of fondaci will be developed at urban scale in the Intensive Programme Erasmus Workshop as well as the design in detail of a “Fondaco” hypothetically placed at the lagoon frontline.

Sintesis from: A. Townsend (IFTF), A. Soojung-Kim Pang (IFTF), Rick Weddle (RTF),The Next Twenty Years of Technology-Led Economic Development, Institute for The Future Report Number SR-1236, Palo Alto (California), 2009

This paper is exploring the relationship between economical-technological-geographical trends and changes in learnig and research spaces. The issue of science and technology we are facing today is too complex to be assigned to a single place-function: i.e. university, campus, or research park.

Studies on the knowledge ecosystems are focused on how the community practices interact with the estabilished knowledge systems, and on how the tools and techniques for their updating.
The paper proposal is a link between physical and virtual spaces, macro and micro structures named regional knowledge ecosystems, considered as a new way to include ideas and to promote physical development, that will be explained due to three different scenarios:

  • “Science and Technology Parks 3.0”: A restricted number of international research platforms will have an incremental change thank to the connection with the universities and the bio & pharma firms, and thank to a reach sustainability agenda and  3.0 TLC hightway;
  • “The Rise of Research Clouds”: Digitally connected networks of small spaces will challenge existing parks by providing more collaborative, flexible and less costly spaces, the new "homes for invention";
  • "Dematerialization Innovation": We will see the decline of R&D, University as "ivory tower". The biotech future wil stagnates. This sceario will push R&D in ciberspace and reseach parch will trasform in event spaces.


  • Introduction
  • Trendds Shaping the Futureof Technology-led Development
       Economi & Society      
       Science & Tecnology
       Models & Places for Research & Development
  • Strategic Inplications

We are living the start of a new cycle of the development based on a deep rethinking of the infrastructure role and on the revitalizing of the social state. These issues are the topics of the Conference of Lisbon, that indicated in the e-society the primary development factor of the UE, An open, inclusive, collaborative society, attracting new knowledges and that, thanks to the support of the new TLC technologies, goes towards the reorganization of production apparatus and the renewal of the public administration and of the relationships among citizens.


  • A new dimension of the project
  • The elements of the project: atoms & bit
  • The manipulation of bits: the immaterial resources and the new urban opportunities
  • U-city and the new relation system
  • U-city: morphologic elements
  • U-city: experiences
  • Provisional conclusions


Synthesis from: Massimo Cacciari’s, La città, Pazzini Stampatore Editore, Villa Verucchio (RN)
Immage from: Rem Koolhaas, dematerializatio model
The founding values of the city

Polis: it is about the people belonging to the same “genos”. Polis is the place of the ethos, the place that gives people a root.
In the Greek polis the rooting principle is: “I belong to that polis because that is the seat of my genos”.
Each city stands substantially alone because of the rooting of spirit and kind. As a consequence each polis is isolated from any other.

in Rome the first temple was dedicated to the God Asylum. This explains why the city’s founding idea was based on the acceptance of people that had been banned from their own cities (exiles, wanderers, bandits…).
All free men that live in the Roman Empire become Roman cives, be it Africans, Spaniards, Gauls….irrespective of their ethnic-religious belonging.

The polis problem is the spatial control, at the risk of democracy building’s collapse.
On the contrary, the programmatic goal of the civitas is to grow, there is non civitas that does not flow over the city’s boundaries.

Nowadays the trend to think that, in order to have a human size, the city should resemble the polis, with a well defined space, a well delimited territory allowing for social exchange, shared and rich relations. But we should not forget that the decision makers were just a few.
Is really this the idea we should cherish? Or would it rather be the Roman idea, different people coming from anywhere, speaking all kind of languages, practicing all religions, with only one mission and one law, senate, emperor.



  • The “metropolis” city
  • The territory-city or post-metropolis
  • The body and the place
  • A suggestion: the polyvalence of the buildings
  • Space time



The focus of the training project will be the tools for an urban design coherent with the Lisbon paradigm. The tools refer to the Negroponte’s category, Atom and Bit.
(N. Negroponte, Being digital, Alfred A. Knopf Inc, New York, 1995).


  • Organization
  • Project focus
  • University net
  • Business


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