Marco Gissara

Marco Gissara is an engineer engaged in both professional practice and academic research. His main interests are focused on the urban contexts, in both their physical and social features, moving him to explore different topics: reuse and regeneration, urban planning and policies, public participation and phenomena related to urban social movements.

Gissara graduated in 2012 from the Faculty of Engineering at the Sapienza Roma University and received his Ph.D. in urban studies in 2018. In 2011 he founded Dauhaus, a research and design group involved in various grassroots processes through the years. Since 2014, he has worked as a freelance designer and engineer, mainly in buildings renovation. He participates in Laboratorio di Studi Urbani "Territori dell'Abitare" (LABSU Sapienza), working on action-research projects and proposals, and recently a teaching associate at Cornell University in Rome.

Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 4160 Rome WorkshopThis course focuses on the city as a system through the analysis of (1) a set of neighborhoods and (2) issues affecting these neighborhoods. We will consider the relationship of these neighborhoods and issues to the functioning of the contemporary city of Rome and the wellbeing of its residents. This course will emphasize fieldwork and experiential learning that is supported with readings, class discussions and lectures.  Field activities will take place during scheduled class times plus supplemental hours that are scheduled informally for an average of 12 hours per week, in addition to time spent on reading, writing, and the field trips.

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

"Ricreare città pubblica laddove s'è persa. Il quartiere popolare romano di Tor Bella Monaca," with Francesco Montillo, paper presented at the VI Convegno SdT "La democrazia dei luoghi. Azioni e forme di autogoverno comunitario" (2018)

"Roma: l'ex fabbrica Snia Viscosa al Prenestino. Un'esperienza di ricostruzione del territorio nel cuore della metropoli," paper presented at the XXI Conferenza Nazionale of Società Italiana degli Urbanisti (2018)

"L'abitare condiviso come strumento per la rigenerazione urbana integrata," with Lorenzo Diana and Benedetto Nastasi, paper presented at the XVIII Conferenza Nazionale of Società Italiana degli Urbanisti (2015)

Publications (Selected)

  • Gissara M., Percoco M., Rosmini E. (eds.), Città immaginate. Riuso e nuove forme dell'abitare, Manifestolibri (2019)
  • Gissara M., "Intorno al lago. La riappropriazione popolare dell'area dell’ex Snia Viscosa a Roma," in Tracce Urbane, the Italian Journal of Urban Studies no. 4 (2018)
  • Gissara M., Diana L., "Linee guida per la manutenzione e il recupero del patrimonio edilizio," in Cellamare C., Montillo F. (eds.), Abitare Tor Bella Monaca, forthcoming
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