Andrea Bocco

Full Professor
Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST)

  • Head of Department Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning
  • Member Academic Senate
  • Member Comitato di Ateneo per la ricerca, il trasferimento tecnologico ed i servizi al territorio
  • Member Commissione Didattica
  • Member Commissione per la valorizzazione del Patrimonio Bibliotecario, Archivistico e Museale


Research interests

Appropriate technology
Built environment
Built heritage
Environmental impact assessment
Local development
Natural materials
Urban regeneration


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.


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Scientific branch

(Area 0008 - Civil engineering and architecture)

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.


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


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

Non-commercial collaboration agreements


PhD Boards

  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2021/2022 (38. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2020/2021 (37. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2019/2020 (36. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2018/2019 (35. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
    Politecnico di TORINO
    Politecnico di TORINO
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Courses of Study Boards


Master of Science

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Bachelor of Science

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Team studenteschi


Research projects

Projects funded by competitive calls

Projects funded by commercial contracts

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Supervised PhD students


Last years publications

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