Marta Mancini

Human Body’s Movement: a Lens toRead Space.
Investigation on choreography as a practice to interpret and inform the design of urban public space in the contemporary Chinese city

Tutor: Michele Bonino
Co-tutor: Zhang Li (Tsinghua University)

The research investigates the relationship between human body and the urban public spaces of the contemporary Chinese city, where human’s embodied experience is increasingly flattened.
Although in western culture, architecture has been primarily addressed in its permanence and stability, by means of an interdisciplinary approach, the thesis aims at giving a new attention to the moving body in the design of space. It takes advantage of the tools of dance and choreography as disciplines that focus on the kinaesthetic dimension.


Marta Mancini is graduated cum laude in Msc “Architecture Construction City” at Politecnico di Torino. She is part of the Joint Research project Politecnico di Torino – Tsinghua University (China) – “Human body and urban space”.
Since 2014, she has worked in architectural firms dealing with projects at different scales (b5 art:.:arch, TeamMinus) and collaborated with research and design groups, both in Italy and China. She has participated to international workshops, conferences and exhibitions (UABB Shenzhen, SDW, BDW).


2017 /“Constructing healthier urbanism”, SummerLab at UCL Development Planning Unit, London.
2017 / “ChinaMed Business Program – Beijing, Xi’an, Shenzhen”_ToChina.
2016 / “CONFINED LIVING. ETHICAL ECONOMIES” International workshop, Venice Biennale.
2013 – 2016 / Msc in Architecture. City Construction, Politecnico di Torino
2016 / International Summer School of Carinthia “Austria in times of global changes and mass migration”, Villach (Austria).
2016 / International Workshop, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou (China).
2015 / MinD MAD in DESIGN, Interdisciplinary workshop, Turin.
2014 – 2015 / Erasmus at the BTU Cottbus, Germany.
2010/2013 / Bsc in Architecture, Politecnico di Torino.

2019 / TeamMinus, Tsinghua University Research Centre, Chinese Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2020.
2019-2020 / TeamMinus, UABB – Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Shenzhen and Hong Kong (China).
2017 – 2019 / Teaching Assistant at Politecnico di Torino and Tsinghua University.
2017 – 2018 / China Room, Politecnico di Torino, Beijing Design Week and Shenzhen Design Week.
2016 – 2020 / Spaziviolenti, Politecnico di Torino.
2016 / MARC, “Divina sezione. Italian Architecture for the Divine Comedy”.
2014 / b5 art:.:arch, Turin.

Selected publications

Deng, H., Mancini, M., Zhang, L., & Bonino, M., (2020). Beijing 2022 between urban renovation and Olympic sporting legacy: the case of Shougang – From space for event to space for health and leisure. Movement & Sport Sciences – Science & Motricité. ISSN 2118-5735
Lanteri, S. & Mancini, M. 2019. Cronache cinesi. Così cambiano volto gli hutong di Pechino, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, [on-line version]
Lanteri, S. & Mancini, M. 2019. Cronache cinesi. I lilong di Shanghai tra speculazione e valorizzazione, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, [on-line version]
Mancini, M. 2017. Cina, l’ultima frontiera crolla davanti alle Olimpiadi invernali, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, [on-line version]
Mancini, M. 2017. Pechino vs Jing-Jin-Ji, megalopoli da 130 milioni di abitanti, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, [on-line version]
Mancini, M. 2017. Olimpiadi invernali in Cina, meno esterofilia, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, [on-line version] ISSN 2284-1369
Zhang, L., Deng, H., & Mancini, M. (2019), Sustainable approach of Beijing 2022. Winter Olympics planning and design, Architectural Journal