Leonardo Chiesi graduated in Social Sciences in the School of Political Sciences “Cesare Alfieri” in the University of Florence. He holds a PhD in Methodology of Social Sciences from the University “La Sapienza” of Rome. He is associate professor of sociology in the School of Architecture of the University of Florence. He is interested in social research methods for architecture, urban design and planning and he studies how sociology and design can be mutually engaged. He has been involved in several architectural, urban design and city planning projects and has an interest in the subjects of evaluation of architecture, community practices and participation methods. He has a special interest in design thinking and how design can foster social innovation.
His work includes a book on the construction of scientific discourse (Retorica nella scienza. Come la scienza costruisce i suoi argomenti anche al di là della logica, 2009), a book on the relationship between social sciences, architecture and planning (Il doppio spazio dell’architettura. Ricerca sociologica e progettazione, 2010) and a book on the social space of the contemporary hospital (L’ospedale difficile. Lo spazio sociale della cura e della salute, 2014, with S. Surrenti). His recent book contributions include “Territoriality as appropriation of space. How «engaging with space» frames sociality”, in Cultural Sustainability and Regional Development. Theories and practices of territorialisation, edited by J. Dessein et al, 2015; and “One strategy, many purposes. A classification for cultural mapping projects”, in Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry, edited by D. MacLennan et al., 2015 (with P. Costa).
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