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Utopian Hours 2022

Full festival pass

Friday 14/10

Full day pass
15.00 - 15.45

The Seductive City

The human, cultural and artistic heritage of Italian cities is invaluable – and, too often, sleepy. How to reawaken its attractiveness for investors and tourists? City marketing can really make a difference.

15.45 - 16.30

Everything Is Temporary

What do we mean when we talk about temporary reuse? A dialogue among city officials in the second panel of Utopian Hours’ italian afternoon

16.30 - 17.15

Smart Utopias

How has the ‘smart city’ concept evolved? The fourth panel of the Italian Friday Utopian Hours

17.15 - 18.15

Who Leads the City?

Cities to be governed without powers, funds, certainties: mayors reflect on the ‘chaos’ of local government. A dialogue to rewrite the future of urban microcosms.

18.45 - 19.30

Amanda Burden. The Woman Who Changed NYC

First on Mayor Bloomberg’s team, then with Bloomberg Associates, Amanda Burden is a key figure in 20 years of transformation in New York, from the High Line to the East River. An unmissable talk.

19.30 - 20.15

Data Reloaded. Meet the MIT Media Lab

Markus ElKatsha guides us through the interconnected city, where data plays an ever-increasing social and political role. After years of smart cities, how do we turn data analysis into real benefits for everyone?

Saturday 15/10

Full day pass
09.00 - 13.30

Count it, Change It, Scale It

As we are living in an age of climate crisis, environmental urgencies are felt on a day to day basis. From this starting point Brussels-based architectural collective 51N4E presents a workshop designed for Turin. 

Workshop with limited seats

11.30 - 12.15

Lost Futures from Mumbai’s past

Fantastic projects, radical visions, rarities. Bombay Imagined pulls from the archives the projects that were never realised for what is now the world’s densest megalopolis. An imaginary atlas, with the fascination that only old utopias can have, to demonstrate all the power of city imaging.

12.15 - 13.00

For a Heart-Centered Feminist City

Look around, it’s all created by men. Urban ethnographer, ‘professional people-watcher’, academic, Johnston-Zimmerman is committed to the power of women in city-making in the US and Europe – so much so that she made the BBC’s 100 Women List.

14.30 - 15.00

VUE #1 / A NatGeo explorer in Turin

Alizé Carrère is the first Visiting Urban Explorer of 2022. Filmmaker, already travelling for National Geographic, she will inaugurate our urban exploration format. What are your ideas for the city?

15.45 - 16.15

Brussels Beer Project

In 2013, a new brewery was born in the heart of Brussels thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. Today, the Brussels Beer Project participates in the transformation of the Belgian capital.

16.30 - 17.00

VUE #3 / Matri-Archi(tecture) comes to Turin

Exploring the city is Khensani de Klerk, a South African designer. With her group on intersectionality and architecture, she strives for safer and more inclusive cities. A contemporary perspective.

17.00 - 17.45

When the City Saves a Forest

More certified wood in the city. More power to the communities that care for the forests. The Cities4Forests model combines two opposite ecosystems to support both.
So tropical iroko arrives on your park benches. A platform that already unites more than 70 cities, including Turin.

17.45 - 18.30

51N4E. New Urban Keywords from Brussels

Performative landscapes. Metropolitan hybrids. Transformative density. For the Belgian group, the renewal of urban design invests everything, starting with language. An emerging name to keep in mind.

18.30 - 19.15

Survival of the City. The Ideas of Edward Glaeser

A new urban guru at the festival, to put an end to the issue with a P: city and pandemic. From the days of Athens to today, viruses demand strong reactions. Once again, for the author of Triumph of the City, the answer can only come from urban change.

19.15 - 20.00

Reclaim Your Community with Majora Carter

The South Bronx urban strategist’s latest book is a hymn to participation. The invitation is clear: to live a better neighbourhood, you don’t need to move – you need to be proactive. The very personal account of a key figure in the USA urban scene.

Sunday 16/10

Full day pass
09.00 - 13.00

Connecting the Dots: Cities and Forests Get Closer

For cities and forests to survive the epochal climate, social, and economic change of today, the communities of both ecosystems must take action and help each other. The Cities4Forests workshop is an opportunity to imagine and design new ways of interventions, campaigns, and cultural programming.

Workshop with limited seats

11.30 - 12.00

VUE #2 / Turin from the eyes of Humankind

Da Rotterdam alla scoperta di Torino. Le idee di uno dei fondatori di Humankind, squadra eclettica di studi urbani, tra teorici della transizione, imprenditori sociali, creativi e psicoanalisti.

12.00 - 12.30

Here Soon: Europe’s Gigafactory

Scarmagno, Electric Mobility Capital. Italvolt’s plan is to build the largest car battery factory here by 2024. Word to the company investing 30 minutes from Turin.

12.30 - 13.00

Berlin, the Largest Car-free Zone Ever?

Autos Verboten. Thousands of signatures to ban cars from the city and an official referendum on the cards ー a revolution that would reach far further than Berlin. It is the Berlin Autofrei campaign, told by one of its prime activists.

14.30 - 15.30

The Park as a Medium

Open, democratic, inclusive but above all green spaces. Urban parks -and the pandemic has made this clear- are today a great resource for greater liveability in the city. But how exactly does an urban park work?

16.45 - 17.30

ZUS. 18 Years in the Unfinished R’dam

Two decades of creativity and activism in the “city of the permanent temporary.” Zones Urbaines Sensibles chronicles a lifetime of placemaking. The emblem of their philosophy is the Luchtsingel, the yellow bridge symbolizing a Rotterdam in constant redefinition. They arrive in Turin with a new project.

17.30 - 18.15

The Planet of Liam Young

Visionary architect-director, for the BBC he is ‘the man who is designing our future’. His think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today anticipates the impact of technology. His films bring the great socio-environmental issues to life. Example: one city for the whole of humanity? He created it.

18.15 - 19.00

Life on Mars? You Need a Marschitect

Mulyani is the pioneer of marschitecture. In the Californian desert, her Mars City Design creates city prototypes for extreme environments, with a view to Silicon Valley’s space ventures. The mission is the first self-sufficient centre on Mars. Homes from another world.

19.00 - 19.45

The ReefLine. When Art Saves the Oceans. 

Underwater sculptures to save Miami’s coastline. Ximena Caminos’ latest visionary venture shows how art can lead us towards climate resilience.

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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)
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