Profile of Miss Domenica Bona Università degli Studi Roma Tre

Domenica Bona

Awarded with INU AWARD 2018 for the Best Unpublished Research Work.
Domenica Bona (Brescia, 1986) studied at Shenzhen University (PRC). Graduated cum laude in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano (IT), she's currently PhD candidate in Contemporary Urban Landscape Program of Roma Tre University.
From 2012, she works as freelance ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER, ASSISTANT LECTURER in Human Geography and Urban Planning and junior member of PLANIS’ team at Politecnico di Milano.
She focuses her interest on contemporary urban development of Asian macro-regions and urban heritage preservation.

General research interests

urban planning, shared heritage enhancement from the planning perspective, urban studies related to East-Asian countries

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

The Chinese city and the endured characters among tradition and modernity

PhD Abstract

Starting from the object of this research, the city, the doctoral thesis “The Chinese city and the persisting characters between tradition and modernity” questions the different ways of imagining it and investigates if and in which terms future city projects are placed in the wake of a Chinese urban history.
The first part of the thesis proposes a brief introduction to the main aspects that characterize the contemporary Chinese city and the classical cosmological city, thus building a multiple cognitive apparatus in support of the case studies conducted. Then, the second part constitutes an unprecedented attempt to analyze the morphological-type characters of the modern and contemporary Chinese city and look at them in terms of the analogy and historical continuity. The aim is to determine the persistence of some classic urban characters in the modern and contemporary city and, at the same time, to identify the planning projects in which these have been reworked. The morphological and phenomenal interpretation of the development of the Chinese city allows the drawing up of a catalog of “analogous figures”, a “lexicon of the Chinese city”. In fact, from the definition of the fundamental characters of the classical city and the choice of significant modern case studies including Nanjing, Beijing, and Shenzhen, the comparison of maps and plans – drawn on purpose in historical series – reveals similarities and correspondences under various aspects (e.g. structural, dimensional, formal and visual) which do not end within the physical description of the urban datum but refer to a very symbolic planning dictiorary rooted in Chinese culture.
The lexicon of the Chinese city defined in this thesis demonstrates the existence of invariants that goes beyond the prevailing anti-historical and western-oriented interpration of the planning history of China. Indeed, it offers an unprecedented perspective for urban studies on the modern and contemporary Asian city and demonstrates the methodological effectiveness of the typo- morphological approach developed by the Italian school of urban studies in the Sixties and soon considered unsuitable for the study of the contemporary city.