IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Dania Marzo is an architect and Ph.D. candidate at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (lynx.imtlucca.it). She graduated in Architecture at the University of Florence, with a research and project thesis on the re-use of the Girifalco Fortress in Cortona. She is a member of the Chamber of Architects in Florence and collaborated with offices in Berlin and Florence, mainly in the field of restoration and reuse of built Heritage. With Ipostudio Architetti, she participated in the final and construction project for the renewal of Museo degli Innocenti (Brunelleschi’s Spedale degli Innocenti in Florence), assisting the works’ direction and management. She currently collaborates with the office for architecture, landscape and cities de Gayardon Bureau (www.degayardonbureau.com), operating within the threshold between project and research with a strong focus on public space; the office was selected among the 5 finalists for the Young Architecture Program 2016 at MAXXI Museum in Rome.
Research traineeship on dynamic and temporary spatial concepts
Her Ph.D. research investigates the contemporary phenomenon of urban spaces’ temporary-use, in the context of heritage sites. The relation between the proliferating “meanwhile phenomena” in cultural contexts – such as festivals, pop-up museums, art fairs, exhibitions, spectacularized events – and the opposite tendency towards preservation and heritagization of urban landscapes appears paradoxical.
To investigate the tensions between the notion of ‘stable uses’ - embodied in the instruments of city planning - and these unplanned, short-term and unstable practices, her research focuses on spatial interactions in the context of temporary events. The qualitative analysis of multiple case studies will address the following research questions: How do temporary users select their locations and how do the permanent users (public or private agents) react? What kinds of relations take place among the activities and the chosen settings and which unintended connections are generated when new arrangements and juxtapositions take place? What kind of control is performed at the administrative level, with respect to urban heritage preservation? How can the effects of these practices be assessed?
The aim is to provide a deeper understanding of the relation between dynamic spatial practices and more stable institutional structures, reducing the potential conflicts between temporary uses and preservation strategies.