about us

The Urban Simulation Laboratory “Fausto Curti” is a research facility of the Department of Architecture and Planning at the Politecnico di Milano. Founded in early 2007 by Fausto Curti and Peter Bosselmann, director of the Environmental Simulation Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley, the laboratory deals with urban design. Through an interdisciplinary approach centered on the perceptual aspects and environmental issues, and with the support of various simulation methods, the different activities of the laboratory contribute to cross-reading of the complex relationships between urban design and physical context, thus ensuring a better control of the cumulative outcomes. Our research has a threefold mission: to innovate, to experiment and to communicate. Using innovative methods of investigation and simulation to be integrated to more traditional methods of analysis, design and evaluation. Verifying through experimentation the outcomes of design alternatives in order to facilitate the understanding and to show the consequences of planning decisions. Effectively communicating the results of urban changes in order to facilitate the confrontation between planners, policy makers, developers and citizens.

Politecnico Advisory Board

prof. Andrea Arcidiacono
andrea.arcidiacono@polimi.it
prof. Sandro Balducci
sandro.balducci@polimi.it
prof. Rossella Salerno
rossella.salerno@polimi.it
prof. Lidia Diappi
lidia.diappi@polimi.it
prof. Gianni Scudo
giovanni.scudo@polimi.it

Coordinators

Eugenio Morello

MSc Arch. Ph.D. Eugenio Morello
eugenio.morello@polimi.it

An architect by education, Eugenio Morello is Assistant Professor in Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) since 2010. He is also research scientist at the Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU), where he is scientific coordinator with Barbara Piga and responsible for the management of research funds. He is member of the board of the inter-university PoliMi-UniMi project Città Studi Campus Sostenibile since its launch in 2011. He is also organizer and scientific coordinator of numerous national and international seminars and conferences held by the labsimurb. He is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sustainable Society (IJSSoc) (since 2011) and the International Journal of Sensory Environment, Architecture and Urban Space (online journal of the Ambiances network) (since 2013). He is member of the international research association Ambiances International Network (since 2013), focusing on architectural and urban ambiances, and he is member of the Board and the Scientific Committee of the European Architectural Envisioning Association (since 2011). His research interest is urban environmental quality and urban morphology. He works in particular with digital simulations and prediction models for the integration of environmental aspects and energy systems within the design of sustainable neighborhoods. He was previously a Roberto Rocca postdoctoral fellow at the Human Space Lab, POLIMI (2009) and at the SENSEable City Lab, MIT (2008). He was also adjunct professor at POLIMI since 2006, where he taught urban design. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental design and building technology from POLIMI (2006).
website: http://www.eugeniomorello.eu/

Barbara E.A. Piga

MSc Arch. Ph.D Barbara E.A. Piga
barbara.piga@polimi.it

An Architect by education, Barbara E.A. Piga is Adjunct Professor in Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) since 2011, where she teaches Architectural and Urban Simulation. She is member of the board of the inter-university PoliMi-UniMi project Città Studi Campus Sostenibile since its launch in 2011. She is research fellow (since 2010) and scientific coordinator, with Eugenio Morello, of the Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana “Fausto Curti” (labsimurb – DAStU) since its foundation in 2007. At labsimurb she is project leader and responsible for the perceptual simulation research, and the management of research funds; she is also scientific coordinator of numerous national and international seminars and conferences held by the labsimurb. She is member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Creative Sustainable Architecture & Built Environment (CSABE) (since 2014) and the International Journal of Sensory Environment, Architecture and Urban Space (online journal of the Ambiances network) (since 2013). She is member of the international research association Ambiances International Network (since 2013), focusing on architectural and urban ambiances, and she is member of the Board and the Scientific Committee of the European Architectural Envisioning Association (since 2011). Her research interest is urban design and perceptual simulation; she works in particular with dynamic simulations of the urban environment as a design and evaluation tool. She works in particular with interactive and dynamic simulations of the urban environment as a design and evaluation tool. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from PoliMi (2010)

Research Team

Valerio Signorelli

MSc Arch. Ph.D. Valerio Signorelli
valerio.signorelli@polimi.it

An Architect by education, Valerio Signorelli is a Postdoc at Laboratoire CERMA – ENSA Nantes. He holds a Ph.D. in Territorial Design and Goverment from the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) at the Politecnico di Milano in 2013. He is a research scientist at the Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana “Fausto Curti” (DAStU) since 2007. His research interest focuses on urban design, sensory urbanism and digital simulation tools. He works on the role of the various sensory stimuli (mainly auditory stimuli) for defining well-being in urban open spaces, and the employ of ‘game engine technology’ as design, evaluation and communication tools.

laura-cibien

MSc Urban Planner Laura Cibien
laura.cibien@polimi.it

An Urban Planner by education, Laura Cibien is research scientist at the Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana “Fausto Curti” (DAStU) (since 2010). She is Teaching Assistant at the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) since 2011. She collaborates with several cultural associations (since 2001) in Milan, with the aim of increasing the participation of people in social activities, and creating opportunities and spaces for socialization. Her aim is to strengthen the social engagement and the common awareness for ‘public spaces’. She works in particular on public participation, place-making, and new digital technologies. Her Master thesis was a research and the making of a prototype for a cheap and easy-to-do tangible user interface designed to support representation, communication and participation of urban projects [link]

Mattia A. Rudini

MSc Urban Planner Mattia A. Rudini
mattiaandrea.rudini@gmail.com

Mattia Andrea Rudini (Milan, 1984), graduated student in Urban Planning and Territorial Policy at the Politecnico of Milan, is lecturer assistant, since 2011, at the “Urban Planning 3” workshop of Professors Pier Luigi Paolillo and Massimo Rossati, at the 3rd year of the Bachelor degree in Urban Planning, and at the “Territorial Planning” workshop of Prof. P.L. Paolillo, at the 2nd year of the Master degree in Urban Planning and Territorial Policy. He has also carried out research and collaboration on urban plan for some small italians municipalities, focused on services performance, accessibility analysis, and Strategic Environmental Assessment. In 2010 he obtained the certificate in Geographic Information System for Territorial Government and in 2013 he has started to collaborate with the Urban Simulation Laboratory “Fausto Curti” at the Politecnico of Milan, working on geostatistics elaboration and multivariate application with Gis software.

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