Our Treasurer

April 13, 2013
By City Space Architecture

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Valerio Francia

Co-founder and Treasurer

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Valerio Francia holds a MSc five-year degree in Architectural Engineer University of Bologna (2016) with a thesis on Urbanism entitled “MUP | Mapping Urban Perception. Metodi di indagine della vita pubblica per il progetto urbano. Il caso di Bologna”.
In 2017 he founded CoUrbanLab, a spin-off powered by City Space Architecture, intended as a cognitive urban think tank that studies urban life, empowers citizens and creates solutions to foster social inclusion and better quality of public life.
Valerio is one of the awarded recipients of “Youth in Action for Sustainable Development Goals” competition (2018), promoted by Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, for a post graduate intership programme at Fondazione Snam in Milan. In 2018 he joined the SDSN Youth, the global youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), as Local Pathway Fellow.

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Valerio's Master thesis, MUP | Mapping Urban Perception, deals with public space, both in its theoretical definition and in its physical configuration. The investigation process is based both on the traditional top-down planning approach of city managers and administrations and on the spontaneous bottom-up actions of appropriation and transformation promoted by users and citizens.
MUP is a web-GIS open access tool able to provide information on urban perceptions of city spaces, in relation to its users. It has been tested on a street in the city center, via Zamboni, but it could be implemented for other consolidated areas or suburban neighborhoods.
MUP analysis is divided in three books: #Feel / #Think / #Create.

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 Think    Feel    Create