Chinese New TOwns

Negotiating citizenship and physical form – CeNTO (2015-2017)

The project looks at the construction of the “third-generation” of Chinese New Towns that will host another 300 million rural Chinese migrating to urban areas over the next 20 years. Conditioned by certain new key-words promoted by the Chinese government – such as “innovation”, “sustainability”, “inclusive growth” – this research investigates how, through the lens of architecture and urban design, physical form, can reveal experimental processes of the negotiation of both citizenship and social identity. It also explores how Chinese New Towns have appropriated urban models from different contexts.

Source of financing: Politecnico di Turino
Research team: Michele Bonino (PoliTO), Armando Alessandro, Mauro Berta, Filippo De Pieri, Francesca Governa, Angelo Sampieri, Francesca Frassoldati, Florence Graezer Bideau
Recent activities: regular seminar Architecture and Resistance