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Giulia Torino

Giulia Torino

Supervisor: Dr Felipe Hernández

Entry year: 2016/17

Architectural and Planning History & Theory

Cultural and Human Geography

Latin American Studies


Urban Design & Planning

Urban Studies


Giulia has completed her BArch (summa cum laude) between the University IUAV of Venice and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) of Chicago, and her MSc in Urban Design (summa cum laude) between the University of Sheffield and the University IUAV of Venice. Prior to the beginning of her PhD, she was visiting researcher in Urban Planning at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, worked as Urban Designer at the Department of City Planning in New York City, served as editor of two academic journals of architectural and urban studies (Italy; Spain), and volunteered as assistant architect and research assistant for a NGO in the Republic of Benin. 

Giulia is currently co-convening the Cambridge City Seminar, has co-founded the King’s College Urban Network together with Professor Matthew Gandy, and co-convened the international conference "Two Mayors, Two Cities: Urban Transformation in Cali and Medellín" (Centre for Latin American Studies; Department of Architecture; King’s College), among others. She serves as supervisor of the BA Tripos (ARB/RIBA Part IB) course on "Theories in Twentieth-Century Architecture", and has served as invited reviewer of Undergraduate and Masters studio projects at the University of Cambridge and at UCL. She is on the editorial board of the Cambridge-based magazine of academic journalism King's Review since October 2016.

Her research problematizes the notion of segregation in a postcolonial metropolis of Latin America, raising questions about the role of cities -and especially of local popular practices of placemaking- in cultural, social and political processes of social change. In particular, it looks at issues of ethno-racial (in)visibilities in Bogotá, Colombia, and how they affect the meaning of occupational identity in segregated and/or marginalised urban communities.

Giulia's doctoral research is jointly funded by the AHRC DTP and King’s College, and it is hosted at the research group Cities South of Cancer, which focuses on urbanism in Global South cities.

Selected conferences, seminars and symposia 

“Whose narratives on urban change? Decolonising the New Urban Agenda: A view from the borderland”, Urbanism in the Global South: Building New Geographies of Development Conference, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge (June 2017)

"Urban thresholds, urban as threshold: Toward a 'line-ar' analysis of hyphenated territories," American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, "Contested urban territories" Panel, Boston (April 2017)

"The Mirror City: Between imagery and reality in Bogotá’s planning model," Inside Planning Symposium, TU Munich (September 2016)

"Narratives of a transformation: The role of space in the advent of neoliberal planning in Bogotá," International Planning History Society (IPHS) Annual Conference, TU Delft (July 2016)


Research Interests

Some include:

-       The intersections of culture, politics and placemaking and their impact on identity and community development;
-       Critical geographies of segregation in postcolonial cities;
-       The symbolic and the political in urban infrastructures, at the threshold of architecture and anthropology;
-       Land occupations by informal settlers;
-       Tactics and improvisation in the city;
-       Decoloniality, Post-colonialism and Post-structuralism;
-       Urbanisation & Globalisation