Open MIC: the new episode of the podcast with Nicola Russi 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 Nicola Russi, co-founder of Laboratorio Permanente.


Ep 06 > Nicola Russi, from his passion for cartoons to the definition of Urban Identity Cores.

We talk to Nicola Russi about his experience of drawing as a form of discovery, and his subsequent urban explorations of Milan’s neighbourhoods that led to the definition of Urban Identity Cores (UIC) in the Territorial Government Plan. These are 88 dispersed ‘centralities’, which have the potential for daily domestic living. He concludes by discussing the value of proximity that can be applied to different urban models as a tool to address climate change and live in harmony with the natural environment.


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 sixth guest is Nicola Russi, architect and associate professor at Politecnico di Torino.

In 2008, he founded the architectural practice Laboratorio Permanente in Milan with Angelica Sylos Labini. The studio has taken part in numerous international design competitions; it won the international competition for the masterplan of the Farini and San Cristoforo railway yards, it participated in the 14th and 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition and it received the Honourable Mention for the Golden Medal for Italian Architecture Award in 2012 with the project ‘The Landscape Has No Rear’.

Since 2017, Nicola has been a member of the board of directors of ANCSA (National Association of Historical and Artistic Centres) and is responsible for the Gubbio Prize, whose aim is to promote progress in the methods of intervention on the City and Historical Territory.

His teaching and research activity has been published in numerous books and magazines, including Domus, Abitare, and Architecture Ireland. He is the author of Backgrounds (Quodlibet, 2019). He has collaborated with the Municipality of Milan as consultant for the development of the new Territorial Government Plan, as well as with the Department of Architecture Design (DPA) of the Polytechnic of Milan.


The episode is available from 25 May 2023 on Spotify, Spreaker and the major listening platforms.

Listen to the sixth episode of Open MIC - Architects, Cities and Mobility with Nicola Russi! 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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