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 Efeitos da Arquitetura, and Urbanidades (released in Brazil). He has also authored the documentary “Architecture and the Ballet of the street” and more than 70 articles and chapters, including journals like Complexity, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR)Area Development and PolicySociety and Space (EPD),  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, complexity and entropy.
(iii) Cities as systems of material interaction: explorations on urban form as an effect of interactivity, and interactivity as an effect of form.

photo: Katia Lampe@Guggenheim