Università IUAV di Venezia – Scuola di Dottorato in Scienze del Design

Palazzo Badoer
San Polo 2468
30125 Venezia



Within Reducing Boundaries project, Iuav research group will mainly focus on analysis and understanding of the urban security issue, its declinations, expressions and representations in different forms of communication, within the three case studies.
Indeed the research framework is that one of politics of representation, risk perception, urban narratives and the connected social practices. Its methodology and tools are that of communication design, public design, information design, visual rhetoric.

According to each case study the main research questions are:
- What kind of cultural frameworks are connected to the urban security issue and what kind of reactions and practices are triggered by it?
- What kind of social, cultural, political and economical factors influence the urban security discourse?
- Is it possible to detect some patterns in the visual communication/ communication discourse that allow to define a modus operandi by which the examined social groups react to the urban security issue?
- Can the urban security issue improve a control strategy aimed to manage the urban space and its forms of social life? By which means of symbols or visual- communication rethoric?
- Can we conceive and design forms of communication and narrations aimed to reduce the gap between risk perception and real risk?

Beside the quantitative analysis, produced mainly by urban designers, Iuav researchers will sustain a qualitative analysis. In particular this will include the collection and the analysis of several materials (publications, projects, communication campaigns, press review, institutional documents, etc.), the redaction of ‘ethnographic diaries’ and several interviews to subjects that are involved in issues regarding the security matter.
In a second step we we will try to visually organize the data collected, in order to answer to the preview questions and to allow a comparative analysis between the different researches and methodologies.
In the last step researchers will try to find a direct confrontation with the urban and social context analyzed, imagining and suggesting new forms of communication and representations of the urban security issue, in order to improve a public debate and a feedback process.
The main target is to achieve and design communication strategies able to reduce the gap between risk perception and real risks.



Emanuela Bonini Lessing
Graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, Emanuela Bonini Lessing holds a Ph.D. in Design Sciences and is Assistant Professor at IUAV University of Venice. Her work deals primarily with communication theory and design in European cities and regions. Her publications include the book Interfacce metropolitane. Frammenti di corporate identity (Milan 2010) and Delta Landscape 2100 (ed., Trento 2012). Since 2014 she serves as the coordinator of the Marie Curie IRSES ‘Reducing Boundaries’ research project. Former member of the board of AIAP- the Italian graphic design association, she is member of the editorial board of the magazine ‘Progetto Grafico’.


Simona Morini
Simona Morini is associate professor of Decision theory and Philosophy of science at IUAV University in Venice. Her research has been focused on the history and philosophy of probability, the problem of risk and uncertainty and, more recently, on the scientific, methodological and philosophical problems associated with design and planning. She is the IUAV coordinator of the “Agora Project” (agoraproject.fr) for the Villa Mediterranée, Marseille, and is working at the moment on the relationship between public space and decision processes. Her latest publication is Il rischio. Da Pascal a Fukushima (Bollati boringhieri, Torino, 2014).


Andrea Facchetti
Upon completing a BA in philosophy, he specialized in visual and multimedia communication with a graduate thesis on the role of posters in public urban communications. His application of theory and critique to study and research practices in the field of communication design and politics of representation has taken shape through the research collective Unità di crisi, of which he is a member and cofounder, as well as the publication Krisis. Since 2014 he is a Ph.d student at the Iuav School of Doctorate Studies in the program Design sciences, where he is conducting a research focused on the relationships between communication design, visual culture, speculative design, collective imaginaries and urban scenarios.


Sara Dotto
Sara Dotto is a PhD Candidate in Design Sciences whose research interests lie at the intersections of design, society and architecture. Sara holds a professional degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Belgrano (Buenos Aires) and her MA in Architecture from Iuav University of Venice. She was awarded a Argentinian State Scolarship to spend a research period at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in association with MARQ (Museo de diseño y arquitectura de Buenos Aires), where she started her ongoing research of the city guide as a tool for planning. Sara is co-curator with Professor Sara Marini of a 2015 exhibition on storytelling through images of the future city of Melfi at Iuav University of Venice, working title Espandere l’arte a MelfiShe is co-curator with Professor Sara Marini of the book Sine Terra


Giovanni Fiamminghi
Gratuated in 2013 in “Architecure for the City” at IUAV, is Phd Candidate in the program “Planning and Urban Public Politics” at the Iuav School of Doctorate Studies, since 2014. His research investigates the relations between space and practice, focusing on the situations of anomie and exceptionality, using a transdisciplinary approach and trying to put in new relations different fields of study and different disciplines of analysis design and project. Member and Cofounder of the independent art and research group About (2014), co-editor of Planum – The Journal of Urbanism (2014), and collaborator at Kcity (2013).


Luisa Tuttolomondo
Luisa Tuttolomondo, sociologist and policy analyst. After graduating in Cultural Planning at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia with a thesis on the promotion of social participation among children in the Occupied Palestine Territories, specialized on sustainable urban development and participative policies. Currently, she is phd student in Territorial Planning and Public Policy at Iuav University of Venice. She also collaborates with Next – Nuove Energie x il Territorio of Palermo where she is responsible for ethnographic research, field research, action research, territorial animation and participative events management. Her main research interests concern the analysis of participative processes involving youngsters and adults, deliberative processes, evaluation of social interventions and local sustainable development. 


Maurizio Pioletti
PhD candidate in Urban and Regional Development at Politecnico di Torino. His researches concern territorial cooperation, local governance and metropolitan development. Graduated with a master degree in Architecture (IUAV, 2009) and a final dissertation on urban sustainable development, he obtained post lauream diplomas in Local action and Sustainable urban development (IUAV, 2010), and Development and International Cooperation (ISPI, 2014). He had an internship at the Agenda21 office in the Municipality of Padova (2009), and belonged to project teams in such EU programme as Intelligent Energy Europe, Horizon 2020, and ESPON. He was also research fellow for two years at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.


Adriano Cancellieri
Adriano Cancellieri is a sociologist at the University Iuav of Venice and a member of the SSIIM Unesco Chair “Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants”. He is the coordinator of the Master ‘U-RISE, Urban Regeneration and  Social Innovation” and a founder of “Tracce Urbane/Urban Traces” Italian network of urban scholars. His main field of interest and research are: spatial concentration of minorities, home-making practices, qualitative methods and accessibility, interactions and uses in public spaces. He is author of ‘Towards a progressive home-making: the ambivalence of migrants’ experience in a multicultural condominium’, in Journal of Housing and Built Environment (2015), co-author of: “The Struggle for Public Space: the Hypervisibility of Migrants in the Italian Urban Landscape“, in City, 2015, 19 (4), with E. Ostanel and “From invisibility to visibility? The appropriation of public space through a religious ritual: the Filipino procession of Santacruzan in Padua, Italy‘, in Social and Cultural Geography, 2014, 15 (6), with C. Saint-Blancat.


Micol Roversi Monaco
Micol Roversi Monaco, PhD, is research fellow at the University Iuav of Venice, where she teaches administrative law. She has been part of the national research “Re-cycle Italy” (Prin), dealing with the issue of urban regeneration. She has been part of the international research “The Capacity Building of Environmental Justice and Guarding Environmental Rights in Western China” (EU-China Environmental Governance Programme). She is author of publications in the field of public services, public companies, environmental law, cultural heritage law, building regulation and planning law.


Giulia Cantaluppi
PhD Student in Territorial Planning and Public Policy at the University Iuav of Venice. Founding member of the cultural assosiation temporiuso.net supported by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (Dastu) of Politecnico di Milano. Temporiuso.net is an association to promote temporary reuse projects in abandoned spaces and also a network of local and international partnerships with associations, activists and researchers. In recent years we have started local workshops, international seminars, lectures, guided tours, events, public meetings, calls for applications with Universities, Art Academies, Research Institutes, Architecture offices, cultural associations, stylists, designers and artists. Author, together with Isabella Inti and Matteo Persichino of: TEMPORIUSO. Manual for the temporary reuse of abandoned spaces in the Italian (Altreconomia, 2014-2015.)


Giacomo Zonta
Graduated in visual and multimedia communication design at Iuav University of Venice with a thesis project on a “museo diffuso” (widespread museum), a kind of open air museum whose main goal is to express the continuity between cultural heritage and landscape, and the examined territory and its communities. He is now working as a research fellow at Iuav University of Venice for the multidisciplinary research project “Smart Pottery Creative Park. Museo diffuso della ceramica di Nove e Bassano del Grappa”. The aim of this project is to give value to a territory by promoting the cultural heritage of the history and production of pottery.