La musica contemporanea
e il suo spazio


Andrea Branzi, Elisa C. Cattaneo

This book delves into the intricate relationship between contemporary music and the spaces in which it exists and is experienced. It explores the various dimensions of this relationship, including how modern musical forms interact with and are influenced by different physical and cultural environments. The book examines the evolution of contemporary music and its adaptation to various settings, from traditional concert halls to innovative digital platforms. It also discusses the impact of technological advancements and the changing landscape of the music industry. Through a blend of theory and case studies, this work offers a comprehensive view of the dynamic interplay between music and space in the contemporary world.




Andrea Branzi, Elisa C. Cattaneo


interni o esterni.
per una nuova carta d'atene

This publication offers a visionary approach to urban planning, advocating for a new framework inspired by the original Charter of Athens. It discusses the critical balance between internal and external spaces in urban settings, emphasizing the importance of thoughtful design in both. The book explores how contemporary challenges such as population growth, technological advancements, and environmental sustainability can be addressed through innovative urban design. It calls for a holistic approach that integrates the needs of inhabitants with the natural and built environments, proposing strategies for creating more livable, efficient, and harmonious urban spaces. The work serves as a guide for future urban developments, aiming to reshape how cities are planned and experienced.


The marking of a territory


Elisa C. Cattaneo, Maurizio Montagna

This book provides an insightful exploration of the cultural, historical, and social implications of bullfighting, particularly in terms of its influence on the territorial identity of regions where it is a significant tradition. It delves into the symbolic and practical ways in which bullfighting has marked territories, shaping the cultural landscape and communal psyche. The work examines both the historical roots and contemporary perspectives of bullfighting, considering its role in the cultural heritage and the evolving debates around ethics and animal rights. Through a blend of sociological analysis and cultural study, the book offers a deep understanding of how bullfighting continues to leave an indelible mark on the societies and territories it touches.



Parto factories nature.
The new operating plan


Elisa C. Cattaneo, Vakerio Barberis

This text presents a forward-thinking approach to industrial design and operation, proposing a new plan that harmoniously integrates factories into natural environments. It emphasizes sustainable practices and the importance of reducing environmental impact in industrial settings. The book discusses innovative strategies for factory design, focusing on energy efficiency, waste reduction, and the use of eco-friendly materials. It also explores the potential for factories to coexist with and even enhance local ecosystems, challenging traditional views of industrial operations and advocating for a more environmentally responsible future in manufacturing.



Emerging resilience. Reimagining voids through sharing values


Elisa C. Cattaneo, Sonja Radovic Jelovac

This book explores the concept of resilience in urban and social contexts, particularly focusing on the transformation of unused or underutilized spaces, known as 'voids', in urban landscapes. It discusses how these spaces can be reimagined and revitalized through community engagement and shared values. The work emphasizes the importance of collaborative efforts in urban planning and development, proposing innovative strategies for creating more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient communities. By examining various case studies and theoretical approaches, it highlights the potential of these voids to become valuable assets that contribute to the social, cultural, and environmental fabric of cities.



E = Mc2.
The project in the age of relativity


Andrea Branzi, Elisa C. Cattaneo

This publication explores the application of Einstein's theory of relativity to project management and development. It delves into how the principles of E=mc² can be metaphorically applied to the modern project environment, suggesting that the energy, mass, and speed of a project are interrelated in a similar way to the famous equation. The book offers insights into managing projects with a consideration of their dynamic and interdependent components, advocating for a more flexible and adaptive approach in line with the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of contemporary projects. This approach encourages innovation and efficiency in project management by applying scientific principles to organizational and developmental challenges.



Sensorial landscape.
Natural patterns / Ecological taxonomy


Elisa C. Cattaneo, Davide Biselli, Caterina Cotardo

This book delves into the intersection of ecology, design, and sensory experience, focusing on how natural patterns and ecological systems can be understood and integrated into landscape design. Emphasizing the importance of creating spaces that not only are environmentally sustainable but also engage the human senses. By examining various ecological taxonomies, the book provides insights into how these natural systems can inform design principles, leading to the creation of landscapes that are both aesthetically pleasing and ecologically responsible. The work is a blend of scientific research and practical design philosophy, aimed at enhancing our understanding and appreciation of the natural world through thoughtful landscape design.



Nature through the mirror.
Technonatural experiments


Elisa C. Cattaneo, Gianluca Finetti, Debora Vermi

This book explores the intriguing intersection of nature and technology, focusing on experimental approaches that blend these two realms. It delves into various 'technonatural' experiments, showcasing how technological innovations can mimic, augment, or interact with natural processes and environments. The work examines the implications of these experiments for our understanding of nature, technology, and their coexistence. It challenges traditional boundaries and encourages readers to think about how technology can be used responsibly and creatively to enhance our interaction with the natural world. The book is a thought-provoking exploration of the potential synergies between technological advancement and ecological awareness.



Weak city.
Note on landscape urbanism


Elisa C. Cattaneo, Stephanie Carwin

This book presents a critical examination of landscape urbanism, particularly focusing on the 'weak city' — urban areas facing decline or underutilization. It explores how landscape urbanism can be a strategic approach to rejuvenate and reshape these cities. The work emphasizes the potential of landscape as a tool for urban transformation, integrating ecological, social, and aesthetic considerations. It challenges traditional urban planning methods, advocating for a more flexible, adaptive approach that responds to the unique needs and potentials of each city. By examining various case studies and theoretical frameworks, the book provides insights into how landscape urbanism can contribute to creating more resilient, sustainable, and vibrant urban spaces.




Elisa C. Cattaneo, Mirko Andolina, Giancomo Ades

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of urban planning and architectural theory from 1956 onwards, particularly focusing on the transition from modernism to landscape urbanism. It critically examines the shortcomings of modernist approaches in urban design and how these led to the emergence and rise of landscape urbanism as a more adaptable and ecologically integrated approach. The work delves into spaces within urban environments that carry potential for transformation and reinterpretation. Through historical context, case studies, and theoretical exploration, the book provides a detailed understanding of how urban spaces have been, and can be, conceptualized and transformed in response to changing social, environmental, and cultural needs.


Loaded Void.
City Theory since 1956


Elisa C. Cattaneo








Author & Editor

La Musica Contemporanea e il Suo Spazio

Author: Andrea Branzi
Editore: Elisa C. Cattaneo

Language: Italian
Dimensions: 18 x 12 cm
Pages: 50
Print: Monochrome
Binding: Paperback

Place of publication: Siracusa
Publisher: LetteraVentidue
Year of publication: 2023
ISBN: 978 887 644 6771


‍Riferendosi ad un vuoto progettuale di almeno 50 anni (con genesi nella dialettica tra Adorno e Benjamin degli anni Trenta, fino alla musica concettuale di John Cage di metà Novecento e agli esiti ultimi di Philip Glass), Andrea Branzi riconferma in questo saggio la propria posizione di sovvertitore delle logiche concettuali e spaziali del progetto: come fenomeno “inatteso”, la Musica contemporanea genera nuovi prototipi urbani, compositivi, cognitivi inaspettati.

L’inatteso, nello specifico, non è solo la musica come generativa di un nuovo layer urbano, ma è una terza via di pensiero sullo spazio in toto. Spazio che viene disassato dalle logiche compositive visive e oggettuali tipiche della modernità, matrice di una prassi monodirezionata, verso una dimensione più aperta, orizzontale, sensoriale: una nuova esperienza intellettuale e di immaginazione.

Interni o esterni. Per una nuova Carta d'Atene

Author: Andrea Branzi
Editor: Elisa C. Cattaneo

Editorial Team Lead: Domenico Pertocoli
Iconographic Research: Massimo Zanella
Layout Design: Ardit Bala
Editorial Production: 24 ORE Cultura srl

Language: Italian
Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.5 cm
Pages: 160
Binding: Paperback

Place of publication: Milano
Publisher: Libri Scheiwille
Year of publication: 2022
ISBN: 978 887 644 6771

Una stimolante riflessione sulla rivoluzione urbana in corso, invisibile e inavvertita ai più, ma lucidamente riconosciuta e minutamente analizzata dallo sguardo critico e disincantato dell'autore. A partire dalla messa a fuoco iniziale, nel primo capitolo, di un nuovo modello di modernità debole e diffusa, con il correlato smottamento funzionale di tutti gli apparati architettonici e urbani, Andrea Branzi approfondisce nei successivi capitoli il processo storico di progressiva integrazione tra spazi interni e spazi esterni. Il discorso procede muovendosi originalmente sia in senso geografico, spaziando tra le civiltà non architettoniche - dagli insediamenti neolitici dei primi sapiens a quelli tradizionali del continente africano - a quelle a noi più vicine, fondate invece sul modello urbano, sia in senso cronologico, mettendo in evidenza come i differenti modelli storici di progettazione degli spazi interni derivino da fondamenti culturali autonomi rispetto agli usuali modelli teorici dell'architettura e dell'urbanesimo.

L'ultimo capitolo propone una "Nuova Carta di Atene", che sostituisce ai dieci principi dello storico documento, espressione del Movimento Moderno, dieci consigli per il presente scenario urbano nell'epoca della Terza Rivoluzione Industriale e della globalizzazione.

Toros. The Marking of a Territory

Photographs: Maurizio Montagna
Editor: Elisa C. Cattaneo
Texts: Ethel Baraona Pohl, Elisa C. Cattaneo
Maps and Infographics: Erzë Dinarama
Graphic design: Nicolas Polli
Color correction: Mario Govino
Project Assistant: Gaia Todeschini

Language: English
Dimensions: 27 x 21 cm
Pages: 352

Place of publication: Lugano
Publisher: Artphilein Editions
Year of publication: 2022
ISBN: 978 889 451 8689


The unmistakable silhouette of the Osborne bull is so deeply rooted in our minds, it has become a vernacular object in photography: widely used in art and cinema, due to its widespread recognizability and the powerful image it evokes, they could be considered one of the most potent images of the recent decade.

In Montagna’s photographies, the big Osborne signs an articulate andcontroversial dialogue with the surrounding areas. They become a means todescribe the landscape, opening a diatribe with the social and naturalenvironment and revealing the role of images as interference between public/and private, power/perception, politics and people.

Montagna’s images unveil the mechanisms of forming a disputable meaning in thelandscape.


Author: Elisa C. Cattaneo, Valerio Barberis
Editors: Valerio Barberis, Elisa C. Cattaneo
Curation: Antonella Perretta - Planning Office
Translations: Stephanie Carwin
Photographs: Maurizio Montagna
Graphics: Veronica Caprino, Images/Maps

Language: English / Italian
Dimensions: 28.5 x 21 cm
Pages: 251
Colour illustrations: 140 ‍
Binding: Softcover
Argument: Books ‍

Place of publication: Milan
Publisher: Skira Editore
Year of publication: 2019
ISBN (EN): 978 885 724 0534
ISBN (IT): 978 885 724 0527  


The multiplicity of procedures and strategies that have been generated in recent years in Prato, principally through the recent Operative Plan, is evidence of a phenomenon that deserves to be observed and studied.

The case of Prato, through its original vision of the issue of the environment, its essential role when it comes to transformation and reuse, and its impressive participative and communicative way of proceeding, has highlighted a new way of thinking about urban planning, outlining a new theoretical/applicative approach for the contemporary city.

Inscribable in the disciplinary parenthesis of Landscape Urbanism, the Operative Plan indeed highlights specific methodological originality, articulated through the corpus of the objectives and strategies expressed, framed principally through a transdisciplinary and innovative lens: an exportable model of a new kind of planning that is rooted in the most evolved form of urban metabolism.

Already site of urban experimentation par excellence inspired by its structure as a “factory city”  - among these, the well-known No-Stop City and the Structural Plan by Bernardo Secchi (1993-1996) - the New Operative Plan confirms Prato as an urban laboratory, through two strategies: The technology of Nature and the Project as Hologram that contains in themselves an idea of the city as a whole.

Through the solid experience and the decisions made by the Planning Office – which developed the project from the Operative Plan – and specific consultancies – including that of Stefano Mancuso on Green Benefits and Stefano Boeri on Urban Forestry – Prato, therefore, formulates a city that is wholly “resilient” even in its “development,” and through ecology responds to the global challenges of climate change but also to the local challenges of residents’ well-being, as required by the Pact of Amsterdam and the European Agenda.
Through the ecological figure, the Plan is articulated like a declas

Loaded Void. City Theory since 1956
Falling Modernism and Arising Landscape Urbanism

1956.  Falling Modernism and Arising Landscape Urbanism.

The selected essays are related to the hermeneutical circle established between Europe and the U.S. after World War II. Radically changing the “geography” of architecture, this circle critically acts in the crisis of the Modern Movement.

The year 1956 in particular sees the concurrence of specific conditions (Waldheim, 2009), which open up a Pandora's box in the research on the city: the “Urban Design Conference” at Harvard University; the CIAM of Dubrovnik; the exhibition This is Tomorrow; the Alba Congress; and Hilberseimer’s projects in Detroit.

These analytical lines mark a first step in the deformation process of the dominant systems activated in architecture from the beginning of the century.

Landscape Urbanism is the latest step. Very promising, it reverses the circle’s direction, introducing North American research into European knowledge.

The book considers Theory as the new Practice.

To take power away from reality in order to introduce a new modality in knowledge, prior to a new shape: this is the first aim of the texts collected in this theoretical anthology. In order to create infinite platforms of research about the city.

Author: Elisa C. Cattaneo
Editor:  Elisa C. Cattaneo, Mirko Andolina, Giancomo Ades

Language: English
Dimensions:  21.7 x 16 cm
Argument: Books
Book series: Politecnica
Topic: Architecture

Place of publication: Milan
Publisher: Maggioli Editore

First Edition:
Year of publication: 2013
ISBN (EN): 978 883 876 2574

Second Edition (Revisited):
Year of publication: 2015
ISBN (EN): 978 889 161 2175


Editors: Elisa C. Cattaneo, Sonja Radović Jelovac
Commissioner: Dušan Vuksanović, PhD
Curator: Sonja Radović Jelovac, PhD
Graphic design & prepress: Fleka d.o.o., Montenegro
Translation & proofreading: Translation agency Porta Aperta d.o.o

Language: English, Montenegrin
Dimensions: 24 x 24 cm
Pages: 442
Binding: Paperback

Place of publication: Cetinje
Publisher: Ministry of Sustainable Development & Tourism of Montenegro
Year of publication: 2018
ISBN: 978 994 052 0229


Ruolo E. C. Cattaneo: Struttura dei contenuti; Concept; Relazioni internazionali. ̋

La curatela del libro si è orientata sul considerare la resilienza - in particolare applicata ai vuoti urbani - come strategia di paesaggio abile a sostituire la prassi del progetto urbano. ̋

L’ecologia in particolare, intesa secondo una miscellanea di interventi e posizioni, diventa il focus attraverso il quale rileggere ed interpretare in termini sia scientifici che artistici il tema dello spazio offerto dalla città e dal territorio. ̋

In questa direzione, il libro diventa un corpus transdisciplinare, in grado di trasportare le nozioni ed i dati ecologici in termini poetici. ̋

Il senso generale, è quello di costruire un glossario dei vuoti urbani, una piattaforma sperimentale nella quale la tassonomia ecologica sostituisca quella della progettazione in senso stretto. ̋
Presentato alla XVI Biennale di Architettura di Venezia, il libro si snoda secondo sessioni parallele e interferenti: da un lato, quelle strettamente disciplinari, dall’altro, quelle metaforiche. ̋

Emerging resilience. Reimagining voids through sharing values

Author: Andrea Branzi
Editor: Elisa C. Cattaneo
Editorial Coordination: Elisa C. Cattaneo, Ricardo Devesa
Tailoring of Content: Elisa C. Cattaneo
Layout: Elisa C. Cattaneo, Actor Publisher
Translation: Elisa C. Cattaneo, Stephanie Darwin
Proofreading: Elisa C. Cattaneo, Pietro Servalli, Debora Vermi

Archive work: Elisa C. Cattaneo
with: Studio Andrea Branzi, Francesca Bovalino, Daniele macchi
& with: Francesca Balena Arista, Marco de Santi, Chiara Fauda Pichet

Funding: Graham Foundation Grant Program

Language: English / Italian
Dimensions: 27 x 19 cm
Pages: 600
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover

Publisher: Actar Publishers
Year of publication: 2020
ISBN (EN): 978 194 515 0739
ISBN: (IT): 978 194 515 0890


From radical research to contemporary design, this book collects Andrea Branzi’s work about city-design and a new opportunity to interpret and anticipate the next dynamics of society. Territories that are conceptual categories, through spaces that are offered up by reality such that design can act and perform cognitively: in this sense, the city becomes a critical concept capable of overcoming its own image. Each passage presents a precise anthropological articulation: from the concept of commodity civilization of the Sixties to that of immateriality, from the concept of the metropolis to that of the anthropological territory, in which the infinitely small and the immensely large coincide, to the point of generating and passing beyond our commonly held concept of the city.

The publication begins from the Andrea Branzi’s reflection on the relationship civility-design, from the Radical’s research on mass-production civilization to the “infinite territories”, proposing new territories able to interpret and anticipate the new dynamics of society. In particular, if the first chapters review the historical/critical works of Andrea Branzi and of Radical Movement, the last opens a new parenthesis of research, right now never expressed: the issues ignored by Modernity, like life, death, destiny and the sacred: themes which underline the new drama and the fracture between tragedy and normality, between consumerism and death, between theology and technology, between the silence of reason and the voice of an irrational reality.

E=m2. The Project in the Age of Relativity
E=m2. II Progetto nell'epoca Della Eelatività

Author: Elisa C. Cattaneo
Editor:  Elisa C. Cattaneo, Davide Biselli, Caterina Cotardo
Graphics: Andrea Branzi, Juliet Kepes Stone, Imre Kepes Mass

Language: English
Dimensions:  24 x 18 cm
Pages: 84
Argument: Books

Place of publication: Milan
Publisher: Maggioli Editore
Year of publication: 2018
ISBN: 978-8891622440

This published research represents the third experiment on the theme of technonature, documenting the educational experience conducted at the Politecnico di Milano during the Landscape Design course in the 2016-2017 academic year. Continuing from the preceding experiment published in "Nature through the Mirror" (Cattaneo, 2016), and the international workshop "Landscape in Art and Science," this research adheres to the same conceptual principles. It further intensifies the level of experimentation, transitioning from the visible (the movement of nature) to the representation of the invisible (its sound). This shift implies not so much a diversification of content, but rather brings broader considerations into play, such as a radical departure from exact/visible systems; the paradox of representing a space without a body; and the possibility of moving from a syntactic space to an immersive one. Particularly, it acknowledges the necessity to redefine a new approach to urban design based on the principles of Landscape Ecology as a research platform and new taxonomic field. Echoing the figurations and exercises of Gerorgy Kepes at M.I.T., the experiment does not occur between the unstable dynamics of the contemporary city and those of nature, according to a process of resemblance. Rather, it attempts a precise substitution of disciplines and, in this direction, functions like the table of Borges as defined by Foucault: it seeks to alter the table of knowledge, capable of experimenting, within the limits of an educational course, another plane of understanding and conceptualizing urban design.

Sensorial Landscape. Natural Patterns / Ecological Taxonomy

Nature Through the Mirror. Technonatural Experiments

Author: Elisa C. Cattaneo
Editor: Gianluca Finetti, Debora Vermi

Language: English
Dimensions: 24 x 18 cm
Pages: 188
Weight: 360g
Binding: Paperback
Argument: Books

Place of publication: Milan
Publisher: Maggioli Editore
Year of publication: 2016
ISBN: 978 889 161 5282


This book is like an assemblage of experimental scientific results. A collection of outcomes of a procedure achieved in vitro during the intensive course of Landscape Design I taught at the Politecnico di Milano in the 2015-2016 academic year.

The attempt has been to propose a renewal of the discipline that arises primarily from a conceptual experiment, and afterward as a formal result. So that an elemental process in science (observation of the object, scanning it in the laboratory, processing the outcome of the scan) will result in a new spatial modeling.

Author: Elisa C. Cattaneo
Translations: Elisa C. Cattaneo, Stephanie Carwin
Editorial Director: Pino Scaglione
Editorial Assistant: Gioia MaranaDigital
Production: Arianna Scaglione
Graphics: Blacklist Creative Studio

Language: Italian
Dimensions: 20 x 14 cm
Pages: 132
Binding: Paperback

Place of publication: Trento
Publisher: LISt Lab Laboratorio
Year of publication: 2015
ISBN:978 889 877 4265

Link: listlab.eu

“The study of ‘weak’ urbanism is both timely and apt. The topic informed the development of landscape urbanism a decade ago, and is equally evident in the emergent discourse of an ‘ecological urbanism.’ Cattaneo’s working method and extensive research illustrate how ‘weakness’ came to occupy a strong position in the disciplinary discourses and projective practices of the urban arts today.” Charles Waldheim

“Elisa Cattaneo is within the limited group of international architects able to face the crisis of contemporary design as an opportunity for epistemological reflection, investigating the intricacies of philosophy and science far beyond a simple disciplinary malaise. This is therefore difficult but precious work because it can dissolve those academic constraints that block not only the project as a cognitive and operational practice, but also in a broader sense limit the knowledge of the twenty-first century itself. Without fear of going back to the roots of the most remote theories of the avant-garde nor to the most advanced projections of today, Elisa Cattaneo reconstructs a scenario of knowledge capable of highlighting those nodes that under the definition of ‘weak thought’ hide nuclei of a ‘strong thought’ adapted to unlock the knowledge of the present and its complex and unexplored potentialities.” Andrea Branzi

Weak City. Notes on Landscape Urbanism