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Laura Colini

Senior Researcher, Co-founder

PhD in Urban, Regional and Environmental Design,  Habil. in Urban Studies . Her intellectual work and activism  covers socio-spatial inequalities, with a focus in recent years on public policies addressing migrants and refugees and housing. In the past, she worked in academic research in Italy, Germany, France, USA. She occasionally teaches and works in urban and social policies […]

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Lorenzo Tripodi

Senior Researcher, Co-founder

Architect, holds a PhD in Urban, Regional and Environmental Design, complemented by a steady practice of urban divagations as an artist and an activist. Cofounder of Tesserae, his main tasks regard developing the strategic vision and the methodology toolkit of the organisation. His principal research interests are in regeneration and conflicts of public space, integrated […]

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Franziska Füller

Researcher

Urban and regional developer, focuses on developing new perspectives and perceptions on (urban) spaces. In doing so, she organizes low-threshold participation processes that use creative methods to address predominantly disadvantaged groups such as homeless people or marginalized young people.

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Ben Sassen

Project Manager and communication

Ben Sassen is a researcher, project manager and artist working in the fields of technology, community and socio-spatial interactivity.

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Chiara De Grandi

Researcher

Architect, attending a post-graduate master on Urban Regeneration and social innovation at IUAV, Venice. She developed her studies on sustainable design and urban redevelopment, she’s now focusing on urban research about regeneration policies and practices for social and spatial inclusion.

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Manuela Conti

Designer, Video Maker

Manuela Conti, is architect, designer, photographer and film maker. Co-founder of the ogino:knauss collective, has developed since 1994 innovative media formats and explorative urban practices. As a photographer has an intense activity documenting transformations of the global urban landscape. Her cinematic production includes feature and documentary films, video installation and vjing.

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Luis Miguel Benavides Cabrejo

Project Assistant

Urban sustainability researcher, holds an MSc. in Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning specialized in cities and sustainability, and a bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering. A committed activist, he has been part of climate justice movements in Spain, Denmark and Germany, and is interested professionally in the themes of sustainable urban transitions, community organizing, ecological economics […]

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Lucia Vecchi

Collaborator

Architect, MA in Landscape architecture. Currently working in landscape design, public space dynamization and graphic design projects, besides being a cultural activist in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona

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Antonio Gioia

Visiting Researcher

urbanist, M.Sc at IUAV, Venice. In the recent years he researched about community-based experiences of urban management and development and the role of spatial capital. He worked with Mumbai based think thank Urbz, and wrote about the rise of urban common in Naples, Italy.

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Giovanni Fiamminghi

Freelance Researcher

Gratuated in 2013 in “Architecure for the City” at IUAV, is Phd Doctor in the program “Planning and Urban Public Politics” at the Iuav School of Doctorate Studies, since 2018. His research investigates the relations between space, languages and practice, focusing on the situations of anomie and exceptionality, using a transdisciplinary approach and trying to […]

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Wiebke Blum

Junior Researcher

At Tesserae, Wiebke is involved in projects about culture of remembrance in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen as well as Schöneberg and occasionally responsible for social media postings, especially on the instagram account @ZeigMirDeinHSH. She helds a M.Sc. in sustainable urban development with a background in civil engineering, urban design and project management through studies and work in Berlin, Istanbul and Aalborg. Her work deals with […]

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Cinzia D’Emidio

Graphic designer

Visual and Graphic Designer, Architect and Researcher in Activism, Design and Urban Development.

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Michael Rostalski

Collaborator

Carpenter, Architect , PhD in Urban planning, Community development and Participation processes. His work and research is on processes of urban and community development with the focus on formal and informal modes of participation. He has experience for more than 10 years in applied research and in planning, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of projects. Furthermore, […]

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Arthur Nihoul

(Past) Researcher

As an urban planner with a sociological background (MA degree in sociology), he has the ability to analyse complex social problems and design appropriate solutions. He sees the city as the result of interactions between individuals. A good urban project has therefore to take in consideration the diversity of citizens and understand what the inhabitants […]

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Francesco Scardaccione

(Past) Intern

BA in International Relations, Work and Volunteered in Greece, Italy, and Germany on the Migration context and his development in the local and International context. Thanks to this (Ongoing) Experience he Used to work with a Diverse and/or Multicultural Public. As an Activist and Junior Project Manager, Developed and Supports different Project on Topics such […]

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Vicky Kiefer

(Past) Researcher

Cultural researcher, degrees in Linguistics, Gender Studies, Aesthetics and Art Technology in Marburg, Zaragoza and Berlin. Final project in art sociology on the periphery of the field of cultural production in post-socialist Germany. Experience in the fields of art education, public relations, cultural management in non-commercial art spaces such as HALLE 14, GfZK Leipzig and […]

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Angelo Bastianelli Scaramussa

Intern

Master student in International Management at University of Trento, Italy, he has worked with digital marketing, development credit for micro and small companies and researched the role of human capital in the economic growth, as well as the processes of economic geographies of financialization in Brazilian regions.   CV.Angelo.BastianelliScaramussa  

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Jim MacNeil

Visiting Researcher

Jim has a PhD in urban studies (sociology) from the University of Milano-Bicocca. His thesis titled “Stepping Outside the Ivory Tower: the role of community-based research in transformation and social change” was focused on research groups (Tesserae and Mapping San Siro) using action-based approaches, instead of the traditional passive research role, to empower communities and […]

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Silvia Assalini

(Past) Intern

MA student in Sociology and Social research in Trento, she is currently working on her thesis dealing with urban soundscape and publicness perception. Interested in social dynamics in urban contexts and in art as driver for urban resilience, outside the academia she get involved with theatre and radio projects.

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Sergio Segoloni

Designer / developer

Sergio Segoloni, graphic designer, software artisan. Co-founder of k—labo, collaborates since 2006 with the Ogino Knauss collective, crafting digital media and tools.

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