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Giulia Torino

Giulia Torino

Department: Architecture

Supervisor: Dr Felipe Hernández

College: King's

AHRC Subject Area: Urban Studies

Architectural and Planning History & Theory

Cultural Studies

Human and Cultural Geography

Latin American Studies

Postcolonial and Decolonial Philosophy

Urban Studies


Giulia trained as an architect (University IUAV of Venice; Illinois Institute of Technology-IIT, Chicago) and urban designer (University of Sheffield). She worked in the urban design and planning sector in New York (NYC Department of City Planning) and Ouidah (Republic of Benin), while serving as editor of urban studies magazines (Italy; Spain).

Giulia has co-founded the Urban Network at King’s College with Professor Matthew Gandy, and the Urbanism in the Global South interdisciplinary working group (Dept. Architecture, Dept. Geography, POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. She is co-convening the Cambridge City Seminar, and has convened and co-convened interdisciplinary seminars and conferences in Cambridge, such as the international conference Two Mayors, Two Cities: Urban Transformation in Cali and Medellín, and the termly Research Exchange at King's College. 
She is currently serving as Editor in the independent magazine of academic journalism King’s Review, as supervisor for the ARB/RIBA Tripos (Department of Architecture), as Women’s Officer for the King’s College Graduate Society, and as invited reviewer for Undergraduate and Masters studio projects at the University of Cambridge and UCL.

Giulia’s research problematizes the notion of socio-spatial "segregation" in a postcolonial metropolis of Latin America, raising questions about the role of cities, and especially of marginal and subaltern practices of placemaking, in cultural, social and political processes of social change. In particular, her work 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, from the epistemological positionality of post-colonial studies and de-colonial theory.

Her 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.

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