Master in City & Technology 2021/22 – Term I
Workshop Name: Conceptual Mapping
Total Hours: 20 hours
Faculty: Manuel Gausa & Nicola V. Canessa

Credits: Battle Map | M.Gausa N.Canessa


If we understand the new logics –associated to a new Advanced Urbanism– in relation with the challenges of a new informational era –and the capacity, in this one, to multiply the interactions between conditions and information(s)– we need to understand in what terms we define “information”, not only as a data-parameter or a data-indicator but as a more enlarge concept associated to other assimilated key-terms (programs, solicitations, messages, patterns, identities, matters, cultures, types, behaviours, senses, networks, natures, morphologies and metabolic contexts) able to be combined in (and through) new –and more– open strategic urban approaches.

Learning Objectives

At course completion the student will:
– aid the students to work with strategic concepts able to synthesize conditions, solicitations, situations and information through elemental (evolutionary and open) criteria-diagrams, able to conduct complex developments.
– insist on the relational aspects of advanced urban prospective related to the synthetic integration between complex systems and their vectorized orientation (from strategic concepts, compressors and transfers at the same time).
– the idea of Battle Map associated with the idea of Field of Forces will be essential in a theoretical-practical workshop.
– in this speed-program each group of students will perform a selection and compression exercise at time, selecting layers of informational structures with latent capacities that can be improved from their empowerment and individual reinforcement (connectivity, circuits, use, activity, program, production, flow, etc.)
– compressing these layers – structural and informational – into a single strategic concept that integrates and reinforces them in synergy, with evolutionary and adaptive capacity.


Manuel Gausa Architect and full professor of Urban Design and Urban Planning since 2017 at the Department of Architecture and Design, University of Genoa (UniGe). Coordinator of the ADD, PhD in Architecture and Design at the Department of Architecture and Design (DAD-UNIGE – University of Genoa) directs the GIC Lab, Research laboratory in architecture, urbanism and landscape. Cofounder of IAAC, Institut d’Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya.

Nicola V. Canessa Researcher and Professor in urbanism university program at Department DAD, University of Genoa (Italy). PhD in Architecture at ADD Genova, Doctoral School of Architecture and Design at the University of Genoa.