relational architecture

(an abstract with Paolo Patelli)

We inhabit cities, not ideas; we shouldn’t talk about architeture so we don’t need concepts. We propose a way of reading what’s there, the existent architecture, (buildings, but also the pedestrian and the whole city) that recognize the value of digital traces, data shadows and behaviors that are affecting the way buildings and spaces are used, perceived, expressed, shared.

In fact emergent beahaviors and needs emerging with the dynamics of web 2.0 have to be taken into account as they are affecting (and increasingly will affect) the physical stratum of the city, its shell, its carcass, which is still feeding processes and flows, through its infrastructures and setting up the stage for interactions and experiences.

A new paradigm for interpreting places is required, though, and, again, it’s all about context, its invisible layers, relationships and dynamics.  

“Cities and territories are here, and it is possible to understand them! 

Nothing else is needed. Just pay attention; just trust silence and immobility. “


Cities and territories are here.

We might just need new lenses through which to look at them.

We might just need new tools to interpret them.


It’s also about languages, models and representations.

New representations can generate new urbanisms.

We will present a series of images depicting hidden layers of the cities we live in, where architecture and cities are interpreted as time-based, and experiential. Cities made of temporal partitures, information and connections.

A number of social media and networking services (such as twitter, flickr, facebook, foursquare), websites (such as wikipedia) and online systems (kickstarter) are generating symbols and connections, they help us to build relationships, also with the built environment.


A series of images will provide readers (citizens) with a new alphabet that can be spread and used when talking about urban contemporary contexts.


Every city will be presented with a title, the characteristic we analyzed, a brief description of “what if we had a city made of twitter spatial relationship”, the illustration of the basic module, the illustration of the whole city system.

About giorgia lupi

1981 I am an architect that never built any house (luckily). I work with information, designing, researching and drawing a lot. I am co-founder ad design director at Accurat ( I am a PhD student at Milan Politecnico (

One comment

  1. I love the material of your website! The layout is excellent. Not hard on the eyes really! Keep it up!

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