Metageographies of Urbanization | Nikos Katsikis

[vc_row][vc_column][vcex_spacing][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Il centro interdipartimentale FULL – the Future Urban Legacy Lab, presenta la prima sessione del Ciclo di seminari: Pensare l’urbano oltre la rappresentazione cartografica con la lezione e inaugurazione della mostra di Nikos Katsikis dal titolo Metageographies of Urbanization. La lezione si terrà nella sala Skatepark di Toolbox Coworking, il 5 ottobre 2018 alle ore 17:30, a seguire inaugurazione della mostra.


FULL – the Future Urban Legacy Lab is pleased to present the first session of the Seminar Series: Knowing the Urban Beyond Cartographic Representation, with a lecture and an exhibition by Nikos Katsikis entitled Metageographies of Urbanization, with Alberto Valz Gris as discussant.  The lesson will be held in the Skatepark of Toolbox Coworking, on 5 October, 2018 at 17:30, following the pre-opening of the exhibition. The exhibition is titled Geographies of Ecological Surplus: Landscapes of Operationalization, and is part of Torino Graphic Days festival, taking place from 11-14 October.

About the exhibition:
Geographies of Ecological Surplus explores urbanization as a process of re-organization of the world ecological value, through a series of visualizations that are built upon a critical instrumentalization of global geospatial datasets. Agglomeration zones, although covering no more than 3% of the earth’s surface, are directly interconnected through their bio-geographical interdependencies with the transformation of the rest of the 70% of the total land surface currently used. This “other 70%” mostly hosts landscapes of primary production: agricultural, grazing and forestry zones, sites of resource extraction and waste disposal. This project aims to shed light upon these largely invisible “operational landscapes” of planetary urbanization, highlighting their critical role in organizing social and ecological resources. A series of cartographic visualizations offers a macroscopic overview of the operationalization of the planetary terrain through the globalization of primary production, accompanied by two additional series of visualizations focusing on industrialized operations of agriculture and mining across the American continent.

Nikos Katsikis is an urbanist working at the intersection of urbanization theory, design, and geospatial analysis. He holds a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). He is Research Tutor at the Royal College of Arts, London and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Luxembourg in the program on Architecture, European Urbanization and Globalization. In parallel, he is affiliated researcher at ETH-Zurich Future Cities Laboratory and at the Urban Theory Lab, Harvard GSD.

Seminar Series Calendar
Franco Farinelli
Discussant: Francesca Governa
Date: 15 October, 2018

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