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Paola Viganò

Architect and urbanist

Full Professor in Urban Theory and Urban Design at the EPFL (CH) (where she directs the Habitat Research Center and the Lab-U) and at IUAV Venice (IT). Viganò received the Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme in 2013, the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the UCLouvain in 2016 in the frame of “Utopia for our Time”, the Flemish Culture Award for Architecture in 2017, and the Golden medal to the career of Milano Triennale in 2018. Together with Bernardo Secchi, she founded Studio (1990-2014) working on numerous projects and visions in Europe. Since 2015 StudioPaolaViganò works on the ecological and social transition of cities, landscapes and territories designing urban and territorial projects and realizing public spaces in Europe. In 2019 her work has been exhibited at the Shenzen Biennale and in 2021 at the Venice Biennale. In 2022 Viganò receives the Schelling Prize for Architectural Theory.

Among her recent publications are  «Life as a Common: Space for a New Biopolitical Project» in New Geographies 12, Commons, Mojdeh Mahdavi and Liang Wang, eds.,( Harvard University Press, 2022) , The Horizontal Metropolis. A Radical Project, with Chiara Cavalieri Chiara. ed. (Zürich: Park Books, 2019); Territories of Urbanism. The Project as Knowledge Producer, (Routledge-EPFL Press, 2016); and  , Water and Asphalt. The Project of Isotropy, with Bernardo Secchi and Fabian Lorenzo, eds.,(Zürich, 2016).

Update: 13 December 2022


Has participated in

Paola Viganò and Antoni Ribas Tur

The Future of the European City. Laboratory of Transition.