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Ocula 14 Vol. 14  |  December 2013  |  DOI: 10.12977/ocula20  |  METADATA ➞ PDF   |  < >

Visible Cities. In Memory of Giovanna Franci

This issue of Ocula was inspired by two days of meetings, held on 18 and 19 May 2010 at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici (School for Advanced Studies in Humanities), Bologna, which Giovanna Franci helped me to devise but was unfortunately unable to attend. Along with certain of the protagonists of that event, we decided to propose this little tribute to a scholar we either personally or indirectly knew and appreciated, whose great merit was that of being a steadfast bridge between the various disciplines that are expressing their concern regarding the city. After a few years, the vision of the intellectual path of a scholar seems clearer, sharper; his or her legacy, influences, and numerous credits appear cleansed of all rhetoric of remembrance or pain.
Contributors to this Issue: Federico Boni, Luca Frattura, Elena Granata, Elena Lorenzetto, Federico Montanari, Ruggero Ragonese, Sara Saleri, Gino Scatasta.
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I owe the idea of Visible Cities (Città visibili) to Giovanna Franci with whom I discussed it until our last meeting, now more than four years ago. Four years in which we have really missed her open, inquisitive scholarly approach capable of creating and exchanging different impres |... ⇲
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The observation of the world is not a naive and spontaneous practice, but it depends on our culture: we see only what we know. On the other hand, our knowledge comes from experience and observation of the world: we know only what we see. The Act of Looking is not only perception bu |... ⇲
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The article debates a double dimension of architecture: the "real" - how the buildings have been built and how they appear to us - and the "imaginary" - buildings considered as objects of "imaginary tales", cinema or television, where their use is mediated by the viewer’s gaze. Nev |... ⇲
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The cities are becoming more and more events, space for cultural events, major exhibitions,International sporting events, political conventions. An emblematic case is represented by the proliferation of cultural festivals in cities and territories of all sizes. What is relationship |... ⇲
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Today, great transformations involve maps of cities and urban spaces. Everybody knows that “mapping”, as a practice, has considerably evolved and represents now a universally shared and global experience, belonging, in everyday life, to the vast domain of popular culture (from Goog |... ⇲
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The article is an attempt to investigate Carmine district of Brescia, the most "multicultural" area of the city, trying to identify the dynamics that have formed, divided and reshaped its identity. In particular, the article retraces diachronically the history of the neighborhood,  |... ⇲
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The neologism “Londropolis” mixes two Italian words, “Londra” (London) and “Paperopoli”, the fictional town where some Disney characters like Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge live. Here it will be used for a town deriving from the hybridization between the “real” London and the city th |... ⇲

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