Matteo Gianotti

Preparing the Ground. Urbanization Along the New Ethio-Djibouti Railway.

Tutor: Matteo Robiglio

This research aims to question the space of the urban development that is occurring along the recently inaugurated Addis-Djibouti railway. What are the features of these spaces? Can these spaces be attributed to the same models? How do these spaces relate to existing settlements and the new train stations? The intersection between infrastructure, industrialization and housing will guide the project in an attempt to trace an atlas of new developments in cities in terms of urban morphology, models and materials.


Matteo Gianotti is a DASP PhD candidate at Politecnico di Torino, where he is enrolled in the FULL Interdepartmental Centre. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture. Construction & city. from the Politecnico di Torino (2015). He worked as an architect with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and with several offices in Italy (Arch. Subhash Mukerjee, Experientia, StudioMARC), dealing with projects at different scales: from interior spaces to territorial plans.


2013 – 2015 / Msc in Architecture. Construction & city Politecnico di Torino
2010 – 2013 / Bsc in Architecture Politecnico di Torino
2009 – 2010 / Master in Landscape Architecture Politecnico di Torino – Università di Torino
2006 – 2009 / Bsc in Urban and Regional Planning IUAV Istituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia

2017 / UN-Habitat (Climate Change Planning Unit) – Nairobi
2016 – 2017 / Architect at StudioMARC – Turin
2016 – 2017 / Research scholar at Politecnico di Torino – Turin


Selected publications