Open MIC: the new episode of the podcast with Alfonso Femia is now available online

We are delighted to present the new episode of Open MIC – Architects, Cities and Mobility with Federico Parolotto and today’s guest Alfonso Femia, founder and president of Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia.


Ep 07 > Alfonso Femia, city connections of the future and the bridge over the Strait of Messina.

We talk to Alfonso Femia about urban forms that permeate human nature through their public spaces, comparing the cities of Genoa, Milan and Paris, to discover similarities and differences between the Mediterranean area and mainland Europe. We also discuss a topic that has returned to the forefront: the bridge connection over the Strait of Messina. A divisive project that represents the desire for transformation against the need to relate it to the current and future challenges of mobility and society.


Open MIC is the MIC-HUB podcast on the theme of mobility, infrastructures, city and the environment.

The protagonists of Open MIC offer professional and personal reflections on the urban theme.

The first season of Open MIC, Architects, Cities and Mobility, is dedicated to conversations with ten Italian architects, unfolding their story from their beginnings and their sources of inspiration, and going on to discuss their design vision and what needs to be done to generate change and redesign space and mobility in a sustainable fashion.

The narrator in this journey is Federico Parolotto, architect and CEO of MIC-HUB, long-time expert in transport planning and sustainable mobility.


Our seventh guest is Alfonso Femia, architect, designer and urban planner, working in international contexts since 1995. Alfonso is the founder and president of Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia (formerly known as 5+1AA), with offices in Genoa, Milan and Paris.

His recent projects include the new Vimar headquarters in Marostica, the Dallara Academy in Parma, the new headquarters of the BNL-BNP Paribas Group in Rome, LesDocks in Marseille, and The Corner in Milan. He has completed and is currently working on numerous social housing projects, offices and public buildings in Italy and France.

In 2021/2022 he won the competition for the redevelopment and renovation of the first Italian mint in Rome, the Porto Corsini terminal in Ravenna, the Cittadella della Cultura in Messina, the Porto Marghera-Venice port terminal, Salerno airport, The Park of Justice in Bari, the university campuses in Annecy and Avignon, as well as numerous multifunctional and residential complexes in France.

Alfonso is co-founder of 500×100, a non-profit organisation, which develops cultural projects and research activities. He was director of the third edition of the International Architecture Biennale of Pisa in 2019 and creator and curator of the first edition of La Biennale dello Stretto in 2022.

He has published numerous essays on city themes and architecture and spoken at international academic conferences, winning numerous awards in Italy and France.


The episode is available from 8 June 2023 on Spotify, Spreaker and the major listening platforms.

Listen to the seventh episode of Open MIC - Architects, Cities and Mobility with Alfonso Femia! Architects, Cities and Mobility is the first season of Open MIC, the MIC-HUB podcast on the theme of mobility, infrastructure, cities and the environment.

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