Francesco Rossini

Francesco Rossini is an architect, urban designer and Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He graduated with honors from University of Naples. In 2014 he completed his Ph.D. (cum laude) at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC – Barcelona). In his doctoral thesis Dr. Rossini explored the relationship between public and private space in Hong Kong’s dense financial district, with a particular focus on the subject of public space.

In 2015, the Francesco continued this work in a Direct Grant project5 on place making in urban Hong Kong, funded by the Social Science Panel at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In this project, the Applicant reported on an urban experiment designed to improve sociability in Hong Kong’s public spaces: possibilities for interaction were created by the spontaneous and temporary combination of street furniture.

Francesco Rossini has participated in different research programmes, collaborating with the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Naples and the Department of Urbanism at UPC in Barcelona. In China he has collaborated with Tongji University in Shanghai at College of Architecture and Urban Design (CAUP).

In addition to conducting research on urban environments, the Applicant has participated in several design competitions related to public space. He was awarded first prize for two public square renovations in Italy, and received a special mention from the International Union of Architects in the international competition ‘Celebration of Cities 2’ for an urban renewal project in Naples, which was exhibited at the 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture.

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