Dopo Los Angeles: prospettive per una geografia urbana critica in Italia

Marco Picone, Chiara Giubilaro

Abstract


La geografia urbana si confronta da sempre con la scuola di Chicago, ma più di recente la scuola di Los Angeles ha introdotto nuovi elementi di riflessione, rafforzando peraltro la componente più geografica. Dal confronto tra le due scuole, e dalle critiche mosse negli ultimi venti anni alla seconda, emergono spunti di grande interesse. Occorre capire che direzione stiano prendendo gli studi urbani dopo le lezioni di Los Angeles, grazie anche alla nascita del comparative urbanism.

A questo quadro già complesso va affiancato un ragionamento sulla situazione italiana. Dopo decenni di rapporti con le teorie francesi e tedesche, negli ultimi anni anche la geografia urbana italiana ha cominciato a confrontarsi con gli urban studies anglosassoni, pur rendendosi conto che certe affermazioni non potevano essere facilmente applicate alla situazione nostrana. Quali possono essere dunque i presupposti per costruire un vero filone di geografia urbana critica in Italia?

 

 

Urban geography has always dealt with the Chicago school, but more recently the Los Angeles school has introduced new elements of reflection and strengthened the more geographical component. In the comparison between the two schools, and in the criticisms made in the last twenty years to the second, there are lessons to be learnt. Comparative urbanism urges us to question which direction urban studies are taking after Los Angeles.

This already complex framework must be considered in the peculiar Italian situation. After decades of relations with French and German theories, in recent years Italian urban geography has also begun to confront Anglo-Saxon urban studies, while realizing that certain statements could not be easily applied to the Italian situation. What can be the prerequisites for building a real strand of critical urban geography in Italy, then?


Parole chiave


comparative urbanism; geografia urbana; Sud Europa

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