Senior Research Fellow
DAD – Department of Architecture and Design
Urban design, Architectural design, Reuse, Density-Intensity, space-time architectural devices
IntenCity. Measuring the space-time of urban architecture. The intensity parameter.
My research intends to address new questions posed by a contemporary urban context, concerning the reactivation of uses and practices within the consolidated spaces of the city. These multiple transformations are activated by processes and practices that are able to transform the uses of urban spaces from within and thus making the city as a dynamic platform. It is then necessary to implement qualitative and social-dynamic instruments such as Intensity.
Intensity, in my research, becomes a tool that is able to analyze the dynamic urban situation and it is an architectural device that is able to show and catalyze the physical transformations of spaces over time.
The base to define and build this parameter is set through its etymological analysis, through different interpretations of the city and the role of the project is to generate vitality within the urban space. The matrix of analysis is applied to New York City as a case study – chosen for its spatial conformation, its history and its social practices – selecting projects ranging across different scales, from a house to the city. Thus, the case study becomes a testing ground of intensity, exploring urban transformations and different space uses: a design/analysis process aims at making intensity an operational parameter in architecture.
Lucia Baima is Ph.D. and architect. She has graduated from the Politecnico di Torino, after a period of studies between Turin, Barcelona and New York for her Ph.D. thesis. She collaborated with several architectural offices. For six years she has been a part of MARC Michele Bonino e Subhash Mukerjee Architects as project manager for several awarded projects. Working at Marc, she has as well participated at the 12th and 13th Biennale of Architecture in Venice. Since 2009 she has been a teaching assistant at the Politecnico di Torino, following architectural design studios; tutor in many several international workshops like (24hWorkshop – Beyond the City? with Tsinghua University of Benjin, Delft University of Technology, Istanbul Polytechnic University, Penn State University and Politecnico di Torino); curator of the doctorate course Co-production and city making rules and
freedom and co-curator for the international seminary Sharing for public spaces; and tutor for several master theses. She is the author of several articles on Intensity issues and co-curator of the special issue of UrbanisticaTre Sharing of public spaces (2015).
Other FULL Research Projects:
DOUT – Digital Open Urban Twin
Lucia Baima, Walk on the wild site. New York in the 70s, URBANISTICATRE, n. 9, 2016, pp. 31-38.
L. Baima, J. Hetman, L. Martini, B. Peluso, V. Stefanini, Sharing and Public Spaces, Condivisione e spazi pubblici, URBANISTICATRE, n. 7, 2015, pp. 1-104
Lucia Baima, Janet Hetman, Public space between intensity and sharing: design strategies, URBANISTICATRE, n. 7, 2015, pp. 57-63