A Map of Hutopolis

Designed by LAVA and supported by RCS, the Hutopolis book is now available with the issue #36 of the Abitare magazine. The book will be presented next April 11th during the Milan Design Week.



The publication contains most the projects developed during the research program as well as articles written by Aric Cheng, Massimiliano Giberti, Pedro Luis Gallego, Valter Scelsi, Elisabeth Sikiaridi, Frans Vogelaar, Tu Shan and Luisa Collina among others on the topics of green, density, bottom-up changes and soft strategies.




A talk about Chinese urbanization and design actions for the city 

Spazio Tecno ai Caselli di Porta Garibaldi
Piazza XXV Aprile, Milan, Italy   [map]

In the context of the Milan Design Week the opportunity will be to talk about design strategies and actions as well as new tools for the future of the city. Tools that integrated with policies, urban planning and other disciplines, could generate a real urban evolution considering citizens as a creative source.

A panel of experts, researchers and designers will participate in the debate, moderated by Prof. Luisa Collina, Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano.

The people’s urbanism

Last Saturday 22th Luis Aguirre presented in Hong Kong the outcome of the Hutopolis research program at a debate entitled ‘The People´s Urbanism’ organized by AP+E for the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (UABB).


Jeffrey Bolhuis and Laurence Lord (Founders of AP+E), Ms. Tris Kee (Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong and Director of The Community Project Workshop) and Travis Bunt (Design Director of Urbanus, Adjunct Assistant Professor at CUHK and Executive Curator of the UABB*HK) participated at a round table about bottom up approaches for urban development in Asia and Europe.


Hutong to Hutopolis

Last December 6th, Rizzoli China, editor of Abitare Magazine, organized an event at 2013 Architects@Work Beijing edition. The publishing house is supporting the research program as a continuation of the discussion started with the monographic Issue N.34 of the Abitare magazine launched last summer.

The event counted with Professor Tu Shan from Tsinghua University and the architect QiXin. Eugenia Murialdo presented an introductory review of the projects and activities developed at Hutopolis.



Architects@Work is an event created for and by architects, designers and other industry-related professionals and focusing on quality, innovation and education.


Hutopolis at Beijing Creatives

Last Sunday Luis Aguirre talked about some of the projects developed at the Hutopolis research program during the Beijing Creatives 6.0 event.

The presentation included images and videos from two projects for the Dashilar neighborhood in Beijing developed at Tsinghua University and Polytechnic University of Valencia.  These projects, with a different approach ranging from soft strategies to hardscape solutions respectively, give an idea of the variety of urban planning typologies for improving the city.



The event counted other speakers such Julian Wilson, founder of Khnunu, Alexander Shapiro, head of strategy at DMG and the economist Lin Hui-Yi, completing a session of inspiring and creatives talks.

Hutopolis at Barcamp

Last Sunday November 3rd 2013 Giannantonio Bongiorno presented the program Hutopolis at the “BarCamp” event at the Microsoft Research Center in Beijing PRC.

Giannantonio introduced the principles of the program, the network of events realized since 2010 and the most significant outputs of the research, including projects developed with Tsinghua University, Politecnico di Milano and University of Valladolid. The keynote presentation has been followed by a discussion that highlighted the issues related to the fast urbanization process happening in China.

Hutopolis presented at the Lisbon Triennale

Hutopolis was presented at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale during the series of conferences organized by ‘Close, Closer’ and LAMIPA. Luis Aguirre talked about the scope of the program, introduced the projects outcome of the research and answered questions from the public about the urbanization process in China.


Mapping Utopias

a Talk by Hutopolis and Lava

Architects, designers and thinkers were called to look at the current conditions of cities and societies projecting their thoughts and ideas into an imaginary prospect. During the event we discussed about some of our “city visions” and how “mapping” could turn them into reality.


The event included interventions from the Hutopolis team, presenting the short movie “Transformations: a dialogue about the evolving city”, the leading agency LAVA and other lecturers from Salon.



Transformations, a dialogue about the evolving city

“Transformations, a dialogue about the evolving city” is the conclusive event of the Hutopolis reseach program.

A video documentary highlights an overall view on the ongoing transformations of Chinese cities, based upon the alternative strategies and visions proposed to contemporary urban development. The documentary lines up along a dialogue between Chinese experts and the Hutopolis curatorial team.

The conversation becomes a review of the principles followed in the research program and complementary projects where participants are called to answer specific questions about present situation of Chinese cities. This interactive platform anticipates issues from the internal migration of people to the environmental impact of urbanization, providing evidence how dialogue, dissemination and discussion would be a starting point in defining the alternative urban development scenarios.





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Hutopolis at the Biennial of Young Artists of the Mediterranean

The project ‘Cultural Sharing’ (Sara Fontana) was featured in the exhibition ‘Errors Allowed’ presented at the Young Artists of the Mediterranean last June in Ancona.

With Errors Allowed, the 2013 Biennial theme, the curators team is promoting a critic reflection on traditional “information regimes” and knowledge and training systems, by questioning their vertical institutionalization. Errors Allowed is the city where the new Biennial of Young Artists of Mediterranean makes home from home, week after the Venice Art Biennial.

Mediterranea 16 will host more than 200 artists selected thanks to the International Call promoted by Bjcem in close cooperation with all the associated partners in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

How to generate an urban evolution?

Beijing – Dashilan
October 3rd 2012 – 2 p.m.


The sheer size and rapidity of the changes in asian cities often leave open questions related to the quality of life in the new settlements, issues related to preservation and problems related to identity. In this context the city of Beijing presents multiple chances to consider alternative strategies for the urban planning discipline.
Ideas and projects that steer away from the conventional approach to the development of the urban environment will be discussed at the “How to generate an urban evolution?”.

Talk run-down:
Luis Aguirre, Giannantonio Bongiorno and Eugenia Murialdo will introduce “Hutopolis: city visions”, the exhibition that collects one year of research, experiments and events organized in China and Europe by the Hutopolis research program. “City visions” wants to explore how the re-use and enhance of the traditional city patterns could lead towards a new evolution of the city.
Nikolaus Wabnitz and Xu Feng will introduce LCD (Laboratory for Computational Design) and the recent research developed within the Dashilan Area.

AQSO, arquitectos office Beijing Design Week


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