Ana Ricchiardi

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Areas of interest: Urban Morphology, transitional morphologies, urban and social sciences, mapping, informality, architecture for development, Global South

2018- present- PhD Candidate 34th cycle. Architecture. History and Project. Politecnico di Torino. Turin, Italy
2016- 2018 – Master of Science program. “Architecture, construction, city”. Politecnico di Torino. Turin, Italy
2009-2014 – Architect. Architecture and Interior Design School. Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Quito Ecuador.

Ana is a PhD candidate at Politecnico di Torino and is currently doing a Phd Erasmus+ experience with the Urban Informatics Research Group at the QUT Design Lab. Her research focuses on the mapping of transitional urban forms in the context of the Global South. Her background is in Architecture and Urban Design. She received her Bachelor in Architecture at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Her master’s studies at Politecnico di Torino. She has carried out professional and training activities in Ecuador and Italy.

Thesis title: Mapping transitional urban forms in the Global South: Sub-Saharan Africa. The form of the in-formal

This research emerges from an interest in the spatial character of emerging morphologies in rapidly urbanising settings. It has become clear that the future of humanity will be ever more urban, and much has been said about the fact that by 2050, more than half of the population will be living in urban spaces. A vast percentage of these rapid processes of urbanisation is happening in the Global South. This work aims to highlight how urban morphology and mapping could be exploited as a tool to create knowledge of urbanisation phenomena in these contexts. The research deals with the phenomenon of the formal-informal continuum. It uses urban form as a decoding artefact that brings to light observations about transitional morphologies and the current dynamics of their development. The Global South and within this area, Sub-Saharan Africa, becomes a laboratory to observe contemporary urbanisation through spatial lenses. The study revolves around three frameworks: a theoretical one, aligned with post-colonial theories that push to the use of cities in the Global South as examples where urbanisation can be contextualised; a spatial one that deals with the potentialities of Urban Morphology and an analytical one that allows to use mapping as a generator of knowledge.

Principal Supervisor: Marco Trisciuoglio, Politecnico di Torino
Associate Supervisor: Francesca de Filippi, Politecnico di Torino

Estimated completion date: April, 2022