Dr Camillo Boano

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Biography

Dr. Camillo Boano is Senior Lecturer at Development Planning Unit, UCL, where he directs the MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development. He is also the Director of Communication in the Unit and Coordinator of the DPUsummerLab initiative. Moreover since 2012 he become one of the Co-Directors of the UCL Urban Lab.

A qualified architect with a Masters in Urban Development and a PhD in Planning from Oxford Brookes University, I have over 18 years of experiences in research, consultancies and development work in South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe and 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, Mexico, Bolivia, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Turkey, Malaysia 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.

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.

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, and have been an external examiner of PhD dissertations in different universities in the UK and in Italy.

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.

Research Summary

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, DisastersThe 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




Research outputs

Deconstructing and recalibrating urban design in the global south 2014 Boano C,Wade A,Lamarca MG
The (in)operative power: architecture and the reclaim of social relevance 2014 Boano C,Talocci, G.
dpusummerLab Pamphlet 2013 2014 -
Post-disaster Recovery Planning: introductory notes on its challenges and potentials 2014 Boano C
Potential, freedom and space: Reflections on Agamben’s potentialities in the West Bank 2014 Boano C,Leclair-Paquet B
Agamben’s urbanism of exception: Jerusalem’s border mechanics and biopolitical strongholds 2013 Boano C,Martén, R.
A stroll down memory lane – The Battle of the Hotels 2013 Boano C,Chabarek, D.
Why Dharavi? 2013 Hunter, W ,Boano, C
Dwell the threshold: encountering otherness 2013 Boano C,Muzzonigro, A.
Housing and Reconstruction in Chile (2010-2012): Institutional and social transformation in post-disaster contexts 2013 Boano C,Cocina, C.
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Research activities

(re)constructing the city
DPUsummerLab
Handbook for reconstruction after natural disasters
Socio-spatial dimensions contested environments
Spaces of protection: State of the art