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Future Mobility Urban Trends City Quitting Post-Covid Cities Urban Ecology Gender Balance Radical Utopias Experimental Architectures City Imaging Placemaking Reset

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Future Mobility Urban Trends City Quitting Post-Covid Cities Urban Ecology Gender Balance Radical Utopias Experimental Architectures City Imaging Placemaking Reset

Utopian Hours 2021

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Friday 08
14.00 - 15.00
Opening

The 1000-minute city

An introductive debate on the festival’s main theme with the directors Luca Ballarini and Giacomo Biraghi, and international guests soon to be announced.

Friday 08
15.00 - 16.00
Opening

Let’s learn how to do it from Glasgow

The city is in turmoil. In November Glasgow will host COP26, the UN climate change conference. In the meantime, the city is giving thought to the post-pandemic future of places, with many grassroots projects meeting public action. At the festival, the protagonists of this dynamism.

Friday 08
16.30 - 17.15
Slot #2

H22: shaping together the future of cities

Helsingborg, an ambitious city in the south of Sweden, is preparing to host its own international exhibition: H22 City Expo will run for 35 days and gather new solutions for smarter cities. Among the most active supporters is IKEA.

Friday 08
17.15 - 17.45
Slot #2

Visiting Urban Explorer #1 – Marina Kyriakou

Foreign experts and authors, renowned for their work on cities, discover Turin for the first time. After the days spent exploring, each one tells of her or his ideas for making the city stratospheric. An experiment within an experiment, with the aim of broadening our view of what is around us.

Friday 08
17.45 - 18.30
Slot #2

What’s a Chief Equity Officer? Austin’s first “CEO” is here

The festival welcomes Brion Oaks, the first Chief Equity Officer of the city of Austin, Texas. What is his job? Already many cities in the United States have appointed public figures to promote equity and reduce discrimination in urban areas. But how?

Friday 08
18.30 - 18.45
Slot #2

Secret Pill

A secret event. An international city expert, 15 minutes to elaborate on the 1000-minute city. A surprise for the audience of Utopian Hours 2021.

Friday 08
19.00 - 19.45
Slot #2

Why we should care more about our infrastructures

When thinking about the foundations of a city, it is best to rethink the boundaries between public and private: any infrastructure is historically a matter of a mix between the state, businesses and citizens. Canadian sociologist Mariana Valverde comes to the festival to shed light on this and invite us to go beyond the usual categories.

Friday 08
19.45 - 20.30
Slot #2

The man who created the High Line

It is the most famous redevelopment project in the world. It has changed the image of New York. Robert Hammond, one of the first two High Line developers, shares with Utopian Hours the history and life of the two kilometres of elevated railway that have seen a rebirth as a linear park and became a symbol of the city.

Saturday 09/10

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Saturday 09
09.00 - 13.00
workshop

Workshop #2 – Super-use the city!

Workshop with Césare Peeren (Superuse)

Workshop with limited seats

Saturday 09
11.00 - 11.45
Slot #1

Ideal cities: a tribute to Michael Sorkin

The festival celebrates the thinking of a visionary architect who recently passed away. Deen Sharp of Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research will tell us from New York about the cultural legacy left by its founder.

Saturday 09
11.45 - 12.30
Slot #1

River swimming in Berlin? Now you can.

Turning a bend in the river Spree in the centre of Berlin into a swimming pool seemed like utopia. But the “crazy” and wonderful idea of Flussbad Berlin is on its way to becoming reality: Berliners will soon be able to swim in the river and enjoy a new meeting place.

Saturday 09
14.00 - 14.30
Slot #1

Secret Pill

A secret event. An international city expert, 30 minutes to elaborate on the 1000-minute city. A surprise for the audience of Utopian Hours 2021.

Saturday 09
15.15 - 16.00
Slot #1

Beyond material reuse. How to transform cities into resourceful ecosystems

Rotterdam’s Superuse Studios, the brainchild of idealist Césare Peeren, and their design philosophy: starting with the discarded materials found around, transforming them into objects and structures, enhancing the potential of a place and thus changing society. A more than circular approach?

Saturday 09
16.30 - 17.15
Slot #2

Hong Kong. Helping the homeless through kindness

A gesture of kindness is at the heart of ImpactHK, Jeff Rotmeyer’s project for Hong Kong’s homeless. The initiative offers shelter and opportunity to people in need, but first and foremost empathy – convinced of the power of an act of friendship and connection to transform people’s lives.

Saturday 09
17.15 - 17.45
Slot #2

Visiting Urban Explorer #2 – Justyna Król

Utopian Hours invites foreign experts and authors, renowned for their work on cities, to discover Turin for the first time. After the days spent exploring, each one shares their ideas for making the city stratospheric. An experiment within an experiment, with the aim of broadening our view of what is around us.

Saturday 09
17.45 - 18.30
Slot #2

Magway: changing the game of delivery services

Goods from underground. From Great Britain an idea that promises to revolutionise the goods transport system: 600 million deliveries a year in London alone, through a safe, sustainable channel, totally independent from motorway conditions.

Saturday 09
18.30 - 18.45
Slot #2

Secret Pill

A secret event. An international city expert, 15 minutes to elaborate on the 1000-minute city. A surprise for the audience of Utopian Hours 2021.

Saturday 09
19.00 - 19.45
Slot #2

Welcome to “Talsinki”: two cities, one centre

Breakfast in Tallinn and then off to work in Helsinki. The entrepreneur behind the Angry Birds game now dreams of creating a tunnel with zero-emission trains to get between the two Baltic capitals in less than half an hour. The name of the visionary project: Finest Bay Area.

Saturday 09
19.45 - 20.30
Slot #2

Life on water. Lessons from the floating school in Lagos

Kunlé Adeyemi’s pile-dwelling project set an example: a model case in tackling the environmental crisis head-on, with creativity and courage. Since then, the work of the Nigerian architect, already awarded a Silver Lion in Venice, has been to tackle climate change with original, visionary ideas.

Sunday 10
11.00 - 11.45
Slot #1

Journey inside the video game city

How are video game cities created? And what can they teach us? In the words of Konstantinos Dimopoulos, game urbanist and author of Virtual Cities: An Atlas & Exploration of Video Game Cities.

Sunday 10
11.45 - 12.30
Slot #1

How to sketch the city with Carlo Stanga

Internationally renowned illustrator Carlo Stanga enhances the richness of the urban dimension. His latest projects include I am the City, a series of Moleskine notebooks and illustrated books dedicated to Milan, London and New York.

Sunday 10
14.30 - 15.15
Slot #1

SLA, the Danes who merge city and nature

Danish studio SLA is the mastermind behind many spectacular and incisive landscape design projects, from northern Europe to Paris and Abu Dhabi. It is led by Mette Skjold, in Turin to show how to bring nature back to the centre of urban life in an effective and innovative way.

Sunday 10
15.15 - 16.00
Slot #1

LSE Cities. Understanding the urban age

For those who study the city, they are the masters. The London School of Economics is the first university in the world to have created a degree course entirely dedicated to city design. The director of the LSE Cities research centre is taking part in the festival.

Sunday 10
16.30 - 17.45
Slot #2

Better Cities Film Festival

Every year in Michigan, for four days in October, the Detroit Better Cities Film Festival screens the most exciting films about better cities – and how to create them. Festival partner Torino Stratosferica will exclusively select and show the best BCFF shorts at Utopian Hours 2021.

Sunday 10
17.45 - 18.30
Slot #2

Embody the city

With ‘Bodies in Urban Spaces’ Willi Dorner has brought an innovative form of urban happening to several European cities, during which 20 artists guide the public through some of the most striking public spaces in the urban environment.

Sunday 10
19.00 - 19.45
Slot #2

Sasaki from Boston. Defining the future of place

Utopian Hours brings to Turin a leading voice in responding to new global urban challenges. Public space, environment, citizens’ well-being: with its projects all over the world, Sasaki studio is the right place to look for answers.

Streaming Access

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The non-profit association Torino Stratosferica informs its public that, due to the ongoing health emergency, the Utopian Hours festival program may undergo changes beyond its will. Some in-person talks could switch to live streaming mode, if international travel restrictions increase. To avoid queues and gatherings, tickets cannot be purchased on site. The ticket is personal and gives the right to access the venue only in the slot or on the day indicated on the ticket, so please make sure to carefully select the talks of interest. By purchasing any type of ticket, it will also be possible to view all the exhibitions at Centrale Lavazza (within the times displayed on the relevant ticket)
In order to allow staff to carry out venue sanitation and to respect the festival schedule, the public is kindly requested to arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the chosen talk. The organization will ensure a safe and comfortable environment to allow its public to enjoy the festival in the best way possible.