Betsabea Bussi

Making the “Winter Capital”. The Urban Development of Nice Among Citizens, Tourists, Municipality and State (1815-60)

Tutor: Sergio Pace

This research investigates the dynamics intertwined in the implementation of the urban plans designed by the Consiglio d’Ornato in Nice (1815-60). Since the intellectual effort of the planning commission has been thoroughly described, this study explores the actual construction of the desired plans. A deep archival work aims to bring out the role of the local elite in shaping the city, through continuous negotiations and compromises with conflicting urban, political and economic forces.


Betsabea Bussi is an architect and PhD student in ‘Architecture. History and Project’ at Politecnico di Torino, where she graduated with honours in ‘Architecture Construction City’. She also took part in the excellence joint program of Alta Scuola Politecnica, being awarded with the double degree at Politecnico di Milano. Passionate about history of architecture, her interests of research focus on 19th century urban history and urban development of seasonal cities through early touristic phenomena.


2015-2017 / Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP) – Joint MSc with Politecnico di Milano
2016 / Erasmus, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
2015-2017 / MSc in ‘Architecture Construction City’, Politecnico di Torino
2012-2015 / BSc in Architecture, Politecnico di Torino

2017-2018 / Collaborator – Studio arch. Grosso (Turin)


Selected publications

Bussi, Betsabea and Tulumen, Zeynep. 2018. “Building Social Bridges. The Case of Porta Palazzo Market in Turin.” In Proceedings of Open City Forum, Berlin, November 2018, 16-17. Berlin: ISU, Research Group Offene Stadt