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based in Florence and Milan, working worldwide


Researcher and photographer analyzing and documenting the cultural landscape of places, she holds a PhD cum laude in Architectural, Urban and Interior Design at the Politecnico di Milano, where, she is adjunct professor of an Urban Design Studio. 

She is founder and board member of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, based in Florence, Italy, dedicated to dialogue among cultures.

Since 2016 she independently conducts research, curatorship projects, educational activities and European projects. 

Her research and professional interests regard the documentation and analysis of the places’ cultural identity with a focus on the culture of living in contemporary urban environments, intertwining it with modern forms of heritage, tourism and food systems. She has long focused on countries of the global south, particularly in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa but has also worked in European heritage and post-industrial contexts.

She has always been particularly close to Japan and in 2015 she coordinated celebrations of the anniversary of the twinning of Kyoto with the City of Florence, and she was appointed Ambassador for Tourism and Tsuyahime Rice by the Yamagata Prefecture.

She’s been living, for study and work periods, in Paris (France), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Beijing (China), Hong Kong (China), Tokyo-Kyoto (Japan), Pemba (Mozambique). 

Research places

Prato (Italy), San Paolo (Brazil), Hong Kong (China), Pemba, Maputo and Ibo Island (Mozambique), Favara (Italy), Florence (Italy), Mediterranean sea

Latest works for

Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Comune di Prato - Urban Planning Department (Italy)

Istituto Italiano di Cultura Colonia (Germany)

Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montreal (Canada)

Istituto Italiano di Cultura Amburgo (Germany)

Farm Cultural Park - Countless Cities (Italy)

Life Beyond Tourism - Travel to Dialogue Movement (Italy)

Educational activities at

2014-present - Politecnico di Milano, School of Architecture and Urban Design - AUD (Milan, Italy)

2014-2017 - Josai International University (Tokyo, Japan)

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Wroclaw, Poland)

Lublin University of Technology (Lublin, Poland)

Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction (Baku, Azerbaijan)

Toyo University (Tokyo, Japan)

Tohoku University of Art and Design (Yamagata, Japan)

University of Economics of Prague (Prague, Czech Republic)

Politecnico di Milano, Master of Design for Development (Milan, Italy)

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa UCLG-A


Nooora Alhashimi, Myrto Gatou, Costanza Leoni, Marta Marini, Spencer Nash

Published articles and books with publishing houses such as

Routledge, Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, LetteraVentidue, Pacini Editore, Life Beyond Tourism Edizioni, Planum Publisher, Quodlibet, Pontecorboli Editore, Francoangeli

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