Shrinking Montevideo

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Shrinking Montevideo by Isabella Forestieri (POLIMI December 2013)

More than fifty percent of the world’s population now lives in cities, and the figure is expected to increase in the next two decades. However, the common assumption that the global increase in urbanization means that all cities are growing, is false: in every part of the world many cities are actually shrinking. As the city is “context par excellence” where man lives and acts, delineate the trajectories, the phenomena and processes that trigger in these living organisms, which are the cities, it is essential to understand the anthropology of contemporary life, its its unfolding, and to be able to act consequently to improve the liveability the unity and the equity of its inhabitants.

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Saturday, May 25th, 2013


ContrACTIONS by Enrico Cigolotti & Guia Cimino [POLIMI, Spring 2013]


Our research starts from the observation of a phenomenon which that arouses great interest: vacancy and decline of many urban areas. The analysis we made in the fi rst part of our work tries to defi ne causes and macro-trajectories of this process. In order to clarify this tendency we needed to study demographic curves, economic previsions, determining contact between different cities experiencing a shrinkage.

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