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The exclusive city: architecture and democracy

Does architecture have anything to do with democracy? Absolutely. It always has. However, this is perhaps more true now than previously given that city and regional development strategies, or a lack thereof, dictate rapidly changing phenomena that have a huge impact on our lives: land consumption, pollution, public and private mobility, high rent, urban densification and warming, and the depopulation and degradation of farming, mountain and forest areas. There is a lot of talk of regional rather than central governance. And yet the NRRP (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) will be extremely centralised and metropolitan cities are not being governed as they should. There is talk of “15-minute cities”, more within our reach. And yet only 10% of Italians walk to work. There is talk of the UN's 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, which includes fighting inequality and poverty. And yet urban regeneration is often characterised by more dramatic gentrification. The NRRP sets out to achieve 528 investments and reforms over five years. What are currently the planning priorities? What role will be assigned to infrastructure with a large environmental and social impact? How should we best direct these extraordinary resources to reshape our cities, our regions and our lives?

Guests: Barreca & La Varra, Andrea Boschetti, Antonio Calafati, Stefano Cardini, Isabella Inti, Giovanni Semi
Screening: 23 October 2021 ore 9:30 presso Teatro Franco Parenti, Sala Grande, via Botta 18, Milano