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Giulia Scotto


Giulia Scotto is an architect and urban researcher based at the Landscape and Urban Studies Institute (ISUP) of the Università della Svizzera Italiana. Giulia received her PhD in urban studies at the University of Basel in 2022 with a dissertation on the infrastructural expansion of ENI, the Italian national hydrocarbon agency, in post-independence sub-Saharan Africa. 

Giulia is currently coordinating the SNSF project "Codes and Conventions for Future Zurich: A Propositional Planning Approach to Qualitative Densification" and is a visiting postdoc at the Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design at ETH Zurich.

Selected publications:

.Scotto, Giulia. “Between Visible and Invisible; ENI and the Building of the African Petroleumscape.” In Oil Spaces: Exploring the Global Petroleumscape, edited by Carola Hein, 84–108. Routledge, 2022.

.Scotto, Giulia. “ENI Empire and the Motel Agip of Dar Es Salaam.” In Global Modernism and the Postcolonial: New Perspectives on Architecture, edited by Vikramaditya Prakash, Maristella Casciato, and Daniel E. Coslett, 311–27. New York: Routledge, 2022.

.Scotto, Giulia. “Postcolonial Logistics.” In What Is Critical Urbanism?: Urban Research as Pedagogy, edited by Kenny Cupers, Sophie Oldfield, Manuel Herz, Laura Nkula-Wenz, and Emilio Distretti, 95–101. Park Books, 2022.

.Scotto, Giulia. “Infrastructures, Borders, and the Making of the African Territory: The Case of Zambia.” In Transdisciplinary Views on Boundaries. Towards a New Lexicon, edited by Alice Buoli and Luca Gaeta, 112-132. Quaderni 32. Milano: Feltrinelli, 2020.

.Scotto, Giulia. “Paesaggi Paralleli.” In Paesaggi Che Ci Guardano, Edited by Arianna De Maio Simboli, 118 – 23.  Biblioteca dell’Ippogrifo, 2020.

.Scotto, Giulia. “VIRUS URBANO: Documenting the Covid-19 Space of Emergency.” GeoAgenda Geographies of COVID-19, no. N° 2020/4 (2020): 22–27.

.Scotto, Giulia. “Steel versus Asphalt: The Politics of Infrastructure in Post-Independence EastAfrica.” Contour Journal for Interdisciplinary Research in Architecture, Design and Planning, September 15, 2019, 54–69.

.Scotto, Giulia. “Colonial and Postcolonial Logistics.” FOOTPRINT, The Architecture of Logistics, no. 23 (Autumn / Winter 2018): 69–86.

.Scotto, Giulia. “Review: Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 77, no. 3 (September 1, 2018): 363–65.

.Scotto, Giulia.“Pyongyang’s Colorful Propaganda.” Trans Magazine, no. 30 (2017): 74–89.