About the author


Vinicius M. Netto holds a PhD in Advanced Architectural Studies (University College London, UCL), and is currently working as Tenured Assistant Professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Rio de Janeiro state.

Other than The Social Fabric of Cities, Netto is the author of Cidade & Sociedade and co-editor of Urbanidades (both released in Brazil). He has also authored the documentary “Architecture and the Ballet of the street” and more than 60 articles and chapters in Brazil and abroad, including journals like Society and Space (EPD), International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), Urban Design International (UDI) and Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Urbano Regionales (EURE).

His work is centred around three vital yet relatively neglected dimensions in the social and material shaping of cities:

(i) Cities as systems of encounter: an approach to the temporal geographies of co-presence and to urban segregation as segregated networks.
(ii) Cities as systems of communication: a view of shared spaces as a means to association and social experience.
(iii) Cities as systems of material interaction: explorations on urban form as an effect of interactivity, and interactivity as an effect of form.

Vinicius has also been as reviewer for a number of international journals, such as International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), Environment and Planning B (EPB), Urban Design International (UDI), The Journal of Space Syntax (JOSS), Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Urbano Regionales (EURE) and Brazilian Journal of Urban Management (URBE). He was also Guest Editor for the Autumn 2015 edition of the Journal of Space Syntax, with the thematic issue “Open syntaxes: Towards new engagements with the social sciences and humanities”.

photo: Katia Lampe@Guggenheim