Sapone / The Agency of Nature

The Agency of Nature Paradigm Nature/Technology: Railway Yards as Hubs for the Smart City

Author: Sara Anna Sapone, PhD Candidate at Politecnico di Milano

Supervisors: Emilia Corradi, Prof., Politecnico di Milano, DAStU (Department of Architecture and Urban Studies); Michela Longo, Prof., Politecnico di Milano, DENG (Department of Energy)

Research stage: Initial doctoral stage

Category: Extended abstract

Affiliation: Politecnico di Milano


In the context of a changing world and the advent of the Anthropocene, the research tries to reflect and use the dichotomy technology and nature thought the lens of a specific context, the Smart City. In this frame is possible to conceive a living architecture and environment, able to perceive and respond, an animated interface in between humans and their habitat. This can be done using the agency of nature and a system of sensor and actuators, that reads and forecast the needs of a wider territorial network. The ideal set for this to happen are railway yards, as symbolic and factual possibility for the paradigm nature-technology to be implemented through the design of a hub, interface between the human, the city, and the territorial scale.

Keywords: Performative nature, Animated artificial, Railway yards