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A_tra_verso Inseguire la trasformazione/Pursuing change

Paola Cannavò

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by P. Cannavò

with essays by A. Clementi, S. Tischer

publication year: 2004
paperback with flaps
150x210 mm; 128 pp.
152 colour and b&w illustrations

88-7461-057-2 Italian/English

“The challenge of an urban project must be to propose processes rather than finite figures. This is what landscape design is all about.”

Constantly renewing itself in response to mutating contexts, the city generates within it indefinite spatial situations: empty spaces resulting from failed projects, interstitial spaces between completed forms, unused plant, obsolete infrastructure and abandoned areas. These spaces are remains, the fragments of projects, the ‘off-cuts’ of the life of the modern metropolis. However, this is also where the city expresses its creativity, where there is space for the spontaneous energy that powers urban transformation.

Is it possible to ‘achieve’ change? To plan possible outcomes? Can the urban project become an instrument capable of governing the energies that generate change? These are the themes tackled by Paola Cannavò through the theoretical reflection and design experience contained in this volume.

Paola Cannavò trained in Rome and now lives and works in Berlin, where in 2000 she founded studio.eu with Maria Ippolita Nicotera and Francesca Venier, conducting experimental design work on the relationship between urban planning and the landscape. The results of this research have received international recognition, winning awards in several design competitions. She currently teaches landscape architecture at Fachhochschule Lausitz. She has held seminars and lectured in various European universities. Her projects and writings have been published in the specialist press. In 2001 she was awarded the “Mario Ridolfi” Prize by the Order of Architects of the City and Province of Rome, and in 2004 the Bronze Medal of the Italian Republic for services to culture and the arts for her work as a landscape architect.

By the same author, published by Mandragora: studio.eu ON AIR, Infrascape, Fonte Nuova MAP.


A. Clementi, “A particular way of observing the landscape”


Pursuing change

Extended landscape
Infrastructural landscape
Structural landscape
Temporary landscape
Activating landscape
Exporting landscape
Importing landscape

Project references
Bibliographic references

S. Tischer, “Tre vaghissime donne”