Cristina Pallini

Cristina Pallini
Politecnico di Milano | Polimi · Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering

PhD IUAV Venice

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Introduction
Cristina Pallini currently works at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano. Cristina does research in Civil Engineering. Their current project is 'MODSCAPES - HERA Joint Research Programme "Uses of the Past".'

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[IT] Il saggio esplora la ricostruzione di Skopje dopo il terremoto del 1963 che innesco la mobilitazione di aiuti e competenze internazionali. Non si trattava solo di affrontare il tema del centro in relazione alla citta storica; entrarono in gioco fenomeni insediativi gia in atto, la gestione dell'emergenza, le politiche di pianificazione regiona...
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The Highway of Brotherhood and Unity - the motto of Yugoslav Communists – may help us decode the multiple layers of meaning interlocked in the built environment. Undoubtedly, construction of the Highway was organic to national cohesion. Built by brigades of young volunteers, the Highway allowed a one-day trip across Yugoslavia: an experiential appr...
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Modernism—as cultural and artistic expression of modern core values—is often associated with urban and industrial contexts, in stark contrast to a “backward countryside”. Focusing on modernist reinventions of the rural landscape, MODSCAPES (funded under HERA JRP III call “Uses of the Past”, Oct. 2016–2019) specifically questions these preconceived...
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The ‘Italian retreat from modern architecture’, as sanctioned by Reyner Banham (1959), led into different lines of inquiry undertaken by Italian architects in the Sixties and Seventies, opening the way to a period of mutual exchange between urban studies, planning and design. Despite its broad significance, this articulated debate has been largely...
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Challenging the long-established idea of the Mediterranean as the cradle of modern architecture, this contribution argues that due consideration should be given to moments of profound change, thereby splitting the Mediterranean into its fragments. We may thus restore to its extraordinary cities the many and varied architectural traditions that were...
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This article aims at tracking down some identity features of the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape of Newcastle University. Characterised by a very heterogeneous teaching staff covering a broad breadth of expertise across the discipline, the School strongly supports the idea of a social role for architecture. Partly due to Newcastle’s ar...
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Based on research carried out at the Caccia Dominioni family archive, this contribution tells the intriguing story of the Italian Embassy at Ankara (1938-1940), a project involving Paolo Vietti Violi (1882-1965), Florestano di Fausto (1890-1965) and Paolo Caccia Dominioni (1896-1992). The main point of our paper is assessing Caccia Dominioni’s role...
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Based on research carried out at the Caccia Dominioni family archive, this contribution tells the intriguing story of the Italian Embassy at Ankara (1938-1940), a project involving Paolo Vietti Violi (1882-1965), Florestano di Fausto (1890-1965) and Paolo Caccia Dominioni (1896-1992). The main point of our paper is assessing Caccia Dominioni’s role...
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Paolo Caccia Dominioni is well-known for his military career, particularly for having fought on the El Alamein front (November, 1942). Following the war, in 1948, he devoted several years to retrieving the bodies of fallen soldiers from the battlefield and eventually designed the Italian war cemetery and memorial building. He has also written a num...
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Giacomo Alessandro Loria was a talented architect who spent his entire carreer in Egypt, approaching modern building types but adopting many different styles. Loria was born in Mansoura to a Jewish family well established in Egypt; he began working as a draftsman at the technical office of the Alexandria Municipality (1894-96); he later moved to Tu...
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Based on literature review and archival research, this contribution discusses the metamorphoses of Montazah, a rocky promontory to the east of Alexandria (Egypt). Planted with trees and equipped with a hunting lodge in 1900-01, the place was converted into a royal summer citadel from 1923 to 1928, to be eventually nationalised after the Free Office...
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La présente recherche examine la construction des principales gares ferroviaires bâties à Alexandrie : la première gare conçue en 1835, la gare de Gabbari inaugurée en 1856, celle de Bab-el-Guedid terminée en 1876 et mise à l’arrêt en 1927 suite à l’ouverture de la nou- velle gare de Mahattat Misr (dite gare du Caire ou d’Égypte toujours en fonctio...
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The Arab word okelle means ‘agency’ and, in Egypt, also defines an old type of commercial structure including warehouses and accommodation for the dealers. Somehow similar to the fondouks of the Middle-Ages (so popular throughout the Levant) okelles were generally compact buildings with an arcaded inner courtyard and a single entrance from the stre...
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The stereotyped image of Mediterranean built environment is embedded in collective memory – and tourism advertisements – as a picturesque complex of white cubic buildings. Besides, in the dazzling light of the South, vestiges of the past is also perceived as white, a kind of “Apollonian emblem” against the colourful nature: dark green, dark blue se...
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This contribution explores the waterfront theme taking Alexandria as a case study, considering recent redevelopment projects while outlining the long history of multi-waterfront schemes. Many literary sources are mobilised, in order to grasp the unique theatrical nature of the Alexandria’s multiple waterfronts as an identity feature, lying in the c...
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Britain’s hold on Egypt weakened in the second decade of the 20th century following a rise in nationalist feelings and British involvement in the first World War; in 1922 the Egyptian Declaration of Independence put an end, at least nominally, to a forty-year occupation. Our paper will focus on the British contribution to the planning of Alexandria...
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The Venetian intellectual Gasparo Gozzi (1713-1786) argued that coffeehouses were “behavioural schools” where the virtue of hospitality could be experienced with very little money: coffee-shop owners provided an exotic architectural environment, decorated with paintings and shiny mirrors, so that everyone, sipping his coffee, could easily observe t...
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Based on a literature review (concerning the Chinese case-studies) and on extensive previous research (on Eastern Mediterranean port-cities) [31], our paper questions the role of Chinese treaty ports. We discuss the case studied of Shanghai and Hankow and their bund as a shared urban/architectural feature. Finally, we argue that an examination of t...
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Based on research carried out for the exhibition Africa Big Change Big Chance, this essay offers a first inventory of the African dams built by Salini Impregilo. To facilitate an understanding of territorial changes, of which dams are fundamental elements, and of the problem of diversifying the sources for growth, the list of dams is preceded by an...
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This paper offers a contribution from Italy to the wider debate on the future of cities following World War II, when major problems of reconstruction were being faced. After so much devastation in this country, radical intervention was required in cities loaded with historical significance. At the same time suburban areas were becoming subjected to...
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Con il Trattato di Nanchino del 29 agosto 1842 i porti di Canton, Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou e Amoy furono aperti agli stranieri, mettendo fine alla Prima Guerra dell’oppio. Nuovi porti vennero aperti con gli accordi Tientsin del giugno 1858, tra cui Hankow sullo Yangtse, la cui navigazione veniva consentita anche alle navi straniere. Nel 1917 la Cin...
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Il contributo prende in esame cinque progetti per il salvataggio dei templi di Abu che rischiarono di sparire con la costruzione dell???Alta Diga di Assuan. I progetti sono quelli dello studio parigino Coyne & Bellier, quello sviluppato da Italconsult, Imprese Italiane all'Estero, Ing. Lodigiani S.p.A. con la consulenza di Gustavo Colonnetti, Piero...
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Il contributo prende in esame cinque progetti per il salvataggio dei templi di Abu che rischiarono di sparire con la costruzione dell???Alta Diga di Assuan. I progetti sono quelli dello studio parigino Coyne & Bellier, quello sviluppato da Italconsult, Imprese Italiane all'Estero, Ing. Lodigiani S.p.A. con la consulenza di Gustavo Colonnetti, Piero...
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Tra il 1834 e 1847 l???ingegnere italiano Francesco Mancini operò come direttore della Commissione d???Ornato di Alessandria d???Egitto, istituita per gestire una città in rapida crescita per il continuo arrivo di popolazione dall???Europa, dai porti del Mediterraneo e dall???entroterra egiziano. Nell???impostare l???impianto urbano di Alessandria...
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It has almost become a commonplace to observe how fast-paced urban change in China is dramatically disfiguring centuries-old cities and even recent metropolis, where no record has been kept of what was built in the 1980s and does no longer exist. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Housing and Rural Development has estimated that 300-million Chinese will...
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Until 1944 Salonika was also known as the Jerusalem of the Balkans for its predominantly Jewish population. In August 1917 however, late Ottoman Salonika was ravaged by a great fire which destroyed most of its oldest synagogues. This article is an attempt to survey the “state of the art” on the sources available concerning the architecture and urba...
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Il contributo prende in esame alcuni piani per le città albanesi elaborati dopo l’occupazione militare italiana del 1939 nell’ambito dell’Ufficio Centrale per l’Edilizia e l’Urbanistica. Mentre i piani italiani (innanzitutto quello per Pavia) si confrontano con realtà urbane consolidate, i piani per le città albanesi vengono concepiti parallelament...
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Il testo prende in esame i progetti per il salvataggio dei templi di Abu Simbel (Egitto): il progetto francese, il progetto italiano e il progetto effettivamente attuato.
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Alexandria ad Ægyptum – as the Romans used to say – was close enough to the Nile to benefit from the riches of Egypt, far enough to maintain its own identity. In the region of Alexandria the Libyan route meets those from the Western Desert. The border between Desert and the Delta has been an everchanging area, here nomads and farmers have often est...
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Il contributo ha l'obiettivo di dimostrare che si possono trarre lezioni di architettura da progetti, realizzati e non, la cui ragion d'essere va oltre il singolo edificio per coinvolgere la città. Anche un progetto del passato può essere interpretato a fini contemporanei. L'esercizio è tanto più efficace quanto più si provino a ricostruire le cond...
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The Smouha City Venture is a collaborative work between Richard Smouha, Cristina Pallini and Marie-Cécile Bruwier. Together they explore various aspects in the creation, development and urbanization of Smouha City, a suburb of Alexandria in Egypt. The book intertwines antiquity, historical and recent architectural discoveries and first-hand account...
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The Italian contribution to the building of modern Albania may be dealt with considering three subsequent periods: 1. the years before World War I, when both Italy and Austria-Hungary had been instrumental in the creation of an independent Albanian state (first reclamation and infrastructural works); 2. the years after 1925, when Mussolini foster...
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Since the new Library was opened in 2002 the waterfront theme has held an important place in recent projects for Alexandria, so long overshadowed by Cairo and Luxor and now seeking renewed popularity in international tourism. From 2004 onwards various spectacular auteur projects for the Eastern Harbour have been proposed and reviewed. Initially dis...
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Cross-checking documents, surveys, town-planning schemes, references and projects, this paper explores the processes through which cosmopolitan Smyrna was rebuilt after the fire of 1922 and became a national port-city seat of the newly-established trade fair. Some key ideas for the future of the city - a new university, port extension, and a worker...
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Da anni il tema della città cosmopolita va assumendo rilevanza nella comunità scientifica, per ricercatori che muovono da diversi punti di vista. Temi quali la geografia delle migrazioni, la comunità, la cittadinanza, possono essere efficacemente approfonditi nel loro rapporto con l’architettura e la struttura dell’ambiente costruito. Questo contri...
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Between 1912 and 1936 age-old East Mediterranean ports like Salonica and Izmir became a terrain par excellence for implementation of reconstruction plans. Both cities were destroyed by fire and rebuilt to become a manifesto of newly formed nation-states: Greece and Turkey. French experts, together with local professionals trained in Western Europe,...
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Il saggio ripercorre l'opera di insegnamento ventennale di Alessandro Christofellis presso la Facoltà di Architettura del Politecnico di Milano
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Il contributo si basa su una ricerca svolta presso l'archivio centrale dello Stato nel Settori Enti Pubblici e Società e prende in esame la costruzione dell'albergo Dajti a Tirana e del campo militare di Kavaja e la realizzazione della ferrovia Durazzo-Rrogozhina-Elbasan-Labinot. La seconda parte del saggio ricostruisce il ruolo degli italiani nel...
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A comparative study of Alexandria, Izmir and Salonica brings to light the isthmian nature of these ports, situated as they are on the overland routes which connect the Adriatic to the Black Sea, and the Eastern Mediterranean to the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. This essay examines the complex settlement processes that shaped these port-cities and t...
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This contribution retraces the debate on how to save the Temples of Abu Simbel in Upper Egypt, which were endangered by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. The new dam, first proposed in 1946, was to form an artificial lake flooding part of the region; it was inaugurated in September 1969 and, throughout these 23 years, UNESCO organized an int...
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The idea of “technical lansdcape” as a key for approching architecture and urban design in railway and industrial areas no longer in use was first brought into focus when working on the towns of the Lombardy region at the Department of Architectural Design (Politecnico di Milano). Later it was adopted to study how urban change and modern transport...
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Il testo presenta un materiale iconografico inedito - una pianta datata 1822 e due vedute della città senza data - relativo alla città di Smirne e reperito presso la biblioteca Gennadios di Atene. Dopo un attento studio della pianta, della sua legenda, nonché delle ragioni alla base della sua redazione, il testo ricostruisce la topografia della cit...
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Sulla base di una ricerca condotta presso l’archivio Italconsult di Roma, il testo prende in esame una serie di progetti italiani per i paesi del Maghreb - Algeria, Marocco, Tunisia e Libia - ai quali Italconsult ha offerto consulenza a partire dagli anni Sessanta, proponendosi come punto di riferimento per altre imprese italiane. Dopo aver passato...
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Il testo prende in esame l’architettura dello sport e del tempo libero nelle città di Alessandria d’Egitto (nel periodo cosmopolita), Smirne e Ankara (nel periodo della Turchia repubblicana). Mentre ad Alessandria d'Egitto le attrezzature sportive sono "inglobate" nei complessi scolastici delle diverse comunità, a Smirne e Ankara queste attrezzatur...
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This paper is based on experience gained during the workshop entitled “Cosmopolitan Alexandria, what future for its heritage?” (Bibliotheca Alexandrina 11-25 November 2007), further developed with graduate students at the Faculty of Civic Architecture, Politecnico di Milano, following extensive study undertaken by the authors in and around Alexandr...
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I cinque interventi raccolti in questa pubblicazione costituiscono la sintesi di altrettante ricer-che, finalizzate all'insegnamento e alla pratica della composizione architettonica. Guardando senza pregiudizi alla storia dell'architettura, l'obiettivo è quello di farsi interpreti e rendere esplicite le linee di lavoro di alcuni protagonisti, perch...
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A study is here made of the geographical roles of Salonika, Alexandria and Izmir over a long historical period: isthmian ports founded by Alexander the Great and by his successors in Macedonia, the Nile Delta and the Aegean Region of Asia Minor, all rebuilt in the second half of the 19th century, finally acquiring national status between the ‘twent...
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Introducendo la seconda parte del libro (sull’evoluzione recente di Alessandria e sui possibili scenari di sviluppo) il testo ripercorre le principali trasformazioni della città dall’inizio dell’Ottocento a oggi, spesso attuate importando modelli urbanistici messi a punto in Europa: La rifondazione con la costruzione del porto e della città europea...
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In introducing the second part of the book – on recent evolution at Alexandria and possible forms of growth – the text follows the main changes made to the city from the early 19th century to the present day, often by importing urban models tried out and adopted in Europe: redesigning and construction of the port and the European town, plans for co...
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In introducing the second part of the book – on recent evolution at Alexandria and possible forms of growth – the text follows the main changes made to the city from the early 19th century to the present day, often by importing urban models tried out and adopted in Europe: redesigning and construction of the port and the European town, plans for co...
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This paper discusses the contribution by Italian architects to the revival of Islamic architecture, comparing the experiences of Antonio Lasciac (Gorizia, Italy 1856 – Cairo 1946), Ernesto Verrucci (Ascoli Piceno, Italy 1874 - 1946), Giacomo Alessandro Loria (Mansoura, Egypt 1879 – Alexandria 1937), Achille Patricolo (b. Palermo 1877), and Mario Ro...
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The paper focuses on the New Valley project, conceived in the late 1940s and revived again and again until Mubarak launched the Toshka Project in Upper Egypt
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L'articolo propone un'itinerario di architettura nel cuore della città ottocentesca
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Il contributo sostiene l'appropriatezza dell'eclettismo in un contesto cosmopolita e poliglotta come l'Egitto dell'Ottocento.

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MODSCAPES explores rural landscapes produced by large-scale agricultural development and colonisation schemes planned in the 20th century. This transnational research project investigates 11 case studies across Europe and beyond. link to project page: https://modscapes.eu
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This project has involved a conference; last December the Confucius Institute at Newcastle University helped us host a conference examining the way that flooding and pollution pose risks to the natural, human and architectural-urban heritage of the Yangtze, China. This conference is currently leading to a Special Issue based publication Details of the conference are here: Date/Time: 4 - 6 December 2017 Venue: Research Beehive, Newcastle University The three day conference is free to delegates and topics for discussion will be separated by three large themes and a series of minor sub-themes. Themes Day 1 will explore the heritage of the Yangtze Day 2 will consider histories and contemporary issues/risks relating to the industrialisation of the Yangtze and its heritage Day 3 will explore potential conservation measures and resilience strategies in the contemporary moment Call for Abstracts Abstracts should be approximately 300 words and should include 6 key words plus a short biography of 200 words Authors should submit their abstracts to Ms Andrea Freeman at andrea.freeman@ncl.ac.uk for blind review Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 21 April 2017 Full Papers After abstracts have been submitted the symposium organisers will select papers and sessions to be included in the conference The accepted abstracts will be returned to authors with the reviewers comments Authors will be notified the week beginning 22 May 2017 as to whether their abstract has been accepted and will be then be asked to submit a full paper by 25 August 2017 Papers must not exceed 5000 words http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/events/eventitems/callforabstractsriskstolifeheritageandcommunityontheyangtzeriver.html