Published work

My main focus has been on the materialities and events that create nodes in the fabric of the social. It’s also an attention to the threads we unknowingly produce in the course of our actions and interactions; to the ‘here and now’ as entangled frameworks largely ‘beyond observation’ – relationships that constitute and transcend contexts, and keep them together, tensions considered. Here is a list of papers and other works.


Social Interaction and the City: The Effect of Space on the Reduction of Entropy | Complexity (volume 2017)

‘The social fabric of cities’: a tripartite approach to cities as systems of interactionArea Development and Policy (Volume 2, 2017 – Issue 2)

Segregated networks in the city | IJURR 39 (6)

Configuration, location, mobility: Effects on spatial and social behaviour of residents of social housing complexes in Rio de Janeiro | SSS11

The fabric of encounter: integration and segregation in the spatiotemporal structure of social networks | SSS11

Digital footprints in the cityscape: Finding networks of segregation through Big Data | ICLSMD 2015

The city as result: Unintended consequences of architectural choices | City and Movement

Practice, space, and the duality of meaning | EPD Society and Space

Between urban and digital spaces | Spatial Cultures, Routledge

Open syntaxes: Towards new engagements with social sciences and humanities | JOSS

“What is space syntax not?” Reflections on space syntax as sociospatial theory | Urban Design International 21 (1)

(Re)claiming the city: polis and the public sphere | LASA2016

The convergence of patterns in the city: The effects of architectural morphology | SSS8

Urbanization at the heart of the economy | Cluster

Urban built form grows critical | European Journal of Geography | Cybergeo

Society seen through the prism of space | Urban Design International 7 (3)

Is architecture an active part of life? From the form-function paradigm to space as context to practice | Arquiteturarevista

Social networks in the city, or the urban condition of coexistence | V!rus

Socio-spatial networks: segregation as a real-time phenomenon | SSS3



Architecture and the Sidewalk Ballet

A short film about the effects of the buildings in the life of neighbourhoods and cities. Informative and poetic, it is a celebration of the encounter in the public space, and an exploration of the role of architecture in its creation.

The documentary aims to translate research findings to a larger audience – and does so also non-discursively.

Beautifully directed by Nina Tedesco, the film has an original soundtrack composed by Pedro Drummond, intended to grasp the abstraction of current architecture and the experience of isolation and loneliness in neighbourhoods shaped by a certain architectural model.

[with subtitles | 15 min]



PhD Thesis

Practice, Communication and Space: A Reflection on the Materiality of Social Structures


Lilith by Anselm Kiefer (c) Tate Modern

The thesis addresses the connection of practice and space emphasising a dimension that has not been previously explored to a significant degree in urban and geographic studies: the communicative association of practice, or how our practices become ‘social practice’.

It investigates the place of space in networks of communication, suggesting that the absence of this dimension has led theory to fail to spot the spatial traces of relations between our daily acts – traces active in the very moment of association, indeed constitutive of the very possibility of any association; traces produced and performed through the interpenetration of communication and space.

In building such a conceptual scheme, the thesis lays down the foundations of a “referential approach”: clarifying space itself in the communicability of practice; clarifying its role for socialities as a means to association; and clarifying socialities themselves by showing how profoundly and pervasively they rely on referential space.


Other books



Spatiality is the gravitas around which the social orbits and urban life pulsates, the place where they inhabit and converge – their anchorage. But what about urbanity? Is urbanity an expression of this game and of these pulsations? Or is it the very essence of the urban? Would it manifest itself among actors or would it exist out there, imprinted on the spatialities in which we live?

“Urbanity” is a property that addresses the heart of urban life and its conditions. It seems as elusive and difficult to understand as the city itself (and how could it be different?). By its evocative power, it seems to invite the construction of concepts that correspond to the qualities and aspects that we recognize in the city, while at the same time it seems to tenaciously resist efforts of definition.

One of the aims of this book is to bring to the public results of an explicit confrontation between a diversity of approaches – from the phenomenological and cybernetic to ontological, morphological, and sociological readings. The book brings a discussion of possibilities to capture urbanity theoretically and methodologically – and the very possibility of its understanding.

[released in Brazil]


Cidade & Sociedade: As tramas da prática e seus espaços

C&S Capa Final_2.3_editado

Drawing upon a number of disciplines, this book brings a meticulously prepared conceptual apparatus to rethink fundamental elements of everyday research and practice: the increasingly complex relationships between our individual and collective bodies and the spaces of places and flows that shape and are shaped by our interactions.

[released in Brazil]