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Dr. Camillo Boano is an architect, urbanist
and educator. He is Senior Lecturer at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit,
University College of London (UCL), where he directs the MSc in Building and
Urban Design in Development. He is also co-director of the UCL Urban
Laboratory. Camillo has over 20 years of experiences in research, design
consultancies and development work in South America, Middle East, Eastern
Europe and South East Asia
A qualified architect with a Masters in
Urban Development and a PhD in Planning from Oxford Brookes University, Camillo
has over 20 years of experiences in research, design consultancies and
development work in South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe and South East
Asia. As an academic interested in practice, I combine interests in critical
architecture, spatial production, transformations, urbanism with the
exceptional circumstances of disasters, conflicts and informality. My interest
in investigating the material and dialectical production of spaces emerged out
of experiences of being a development practitioner in South America in the
early 1990s and in war ravaged Bosnia-Herzegovina.
My research and consultancy roles have
included work in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Venezuela, El Salvador, Chile, Colombia, Mexico,
Bolivia, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Macedonia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Turkey, Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand.
This involved collaborations with numerous institutions, including UNHCR, UNDP,
Refugee Study Centre, EU, Oxfam GB, Italian Civil Protection, World Bank and
several architectural practices.
I am associate lecturer in Oxford Brookes
University, University of Bologna, Polytechnic of Turin, Polytechnic of Milan,
Roma Tre and Université de Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne, as well as external
supervisor at ETH-Zurich, NTNU in Norway and in ESARQ Barcelona and have been
an external examiner of PhD dissertations in different universities in the UK
Prior to joining UCL, I worked in development
and architectural practice for a number of years, became a research fellow at
the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, joined the World Habitat Research Unit in
Switzerland, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology where I
worked on a number of research and consultancy projects concerned with
environmental forced migration, humanitarian urbanism, temporary shelters,
post-disaster housing reconstruction, and communication in emergencies.
My research interests are focused on urban development, contested urbanism, socio-spatial dialectics, design and urban transformations, shelter and housing reconstruction in conflicted areas, divided cities and post-disaster environments. More recently my specific interests on urban design were directed to the reconstruction of design through dissensus, calling for a deeper reorientation between politics and aesthetics, drawing on the theoretical constructions of Lefebvre, Foucault, and Rancière.
In addition to directing the MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development, I am the Director of Communication and coordinate the dpu summerLab http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/dpu/programmes/visiting-and-exchange at the DPU. Much of my teaching arises from my research interests, as I explore how an integrated multidisciplinary perspective on space could critically serve to analyze, understand and explain the form, structure, process and dynamics of urban areas. From this base the module also deconstructs and re-calibrates the discipline of urban design. I also examine the importance for urban development of some specific philosophical spatial ontologies (Lefebvre, Foucault and Agamben), the social construction of risks and vulnerabilities in urban areas and the contested nature of the production of effective and just post disaster reconstruction.
I’m author of different publications in academic journals as The Journal of Architecture, Disasters, The Journal of Developing Societies among others and edited a book on humanitarian urbanism and refugee camps tiled Citta Nude. Iconografia dei campi profughi (Franco Angeli, 2005, in italian) and contributed to the book Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing after Natural Disaster. Washington Dc: World Bank, edited by Jha, K.A, with Duyne Barenstein, J., Phelps, P.M., Pittet, D.,Sena, S., eds. (2010) Available at: http://www.housingreconstruction.org). I've just published a book titled "Contested Urbanism in Dharavi. Writings and Projects for the Resilient City" DPU, London, with William Hunter and Caroline Newton https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/dpu/publications/dpu-book-17