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Head of Department (Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning)
Componente Comitato di Ateneo per la ricerca (Comitato di Ateneo per la ricerca, il trasferimento tecnologico ed i servizi al territorio)
Componente Commissione Didattica (Commissione Didattica)
Member (Academic Senate)

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Andrea Bocco, aka Andrea Bocco Guarneri, Ph.D., is Professor of Architectural Technology at the Politecnico di Torino, and heads the Inter-University Department of Urban and Regional Studies of the Politecnico di Torino and the University of Turin (DIST). He teaches Appropriate technology and low-tech architecture.

He worked in the field of participatory urban regeneration, local development, community hubs, and public space. He founded and directed the Local Development Agency of San Salvario (Torino).

His research and publications deal with, among other topics, Bernard Rudofsky, Yona Friedman, analysis of the built environment, regeneration of mountain villages, as well as ontology applied to the architecture and construction field. During the last decade he has been increasingly focussing on low-tech contemporary architecture, construction with natural materials, and the assessment of environmental impact of 'alternative' techniques and lifestyles.

(Area 0008 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura)
Curriculum Curriculum file application/pdf (372 KB)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0001-5639-5660
Research topics
  • AWN - Ontology in the field of architecture and building, also to be applied to computational terminological resources.
  • BAUWEISE vs. LEBENSWEISE - Analysis of critical and radical technological thinking: appropriate technology, technology meant as a tool at the service of human beings, eco-technics.
  • FUTURE IN TRADITION - Investigation on the cultural heritage and the traditional architecture and built environment, particularly in marginal regions such as mountain areas. The investigation was focused on the analysis of traditional buildings, settlements, landscapes and material culture, and allowed to develop of future-oriented proposals for their revitalisation, calling into question our development model.
  • LOW TECH - Research on simple building technologies, based on natural, low-impact materials, as well as on contemporary architecture based on such materials and techniques. Includes research into the environmental impact of construction choices, and on assessment methodologies.
  • NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT - Theoretical investigation, professional practice and activism in urban regeneration, local development, social housing, community hubs, public space.
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

PE8_3 - Civil engineering, architecture, maritime/hydraulic engineering, geotechnics, waste treatment SH5_8 - Cultural studies, cultural identities and memories, cultural heritage SH5_6 - History of art and architecture, arts-based research SH2_6 - Sustainability sciences, environment and resources PE8_11 - Sustainable design (for recycling, for environment, eco-design)


Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities


Appropriate technology Built environment Built heritage Environmental impact assessment Local development Natural materials Urban regeneration
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments


  • Fellow - Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Giappone (2015-2016)
    JSPS Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan