Marco Cenzatti holds a Laurea in architecture from the University of Florence, a Master Degree in Housing from the Architectural Association, and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. His interests gravitate around the reciprocal influence of social relations producing space and space shaping social relations. This is reflected in both his work on urban local development, which deals with creative clusters and industrial districts (e.g.: “The Permanence and Change of Urban Industry,” Harvard College Economics Review, 2006, Vol. 1, and “Industrial Districts und Urbane Restrukturierung” in Städtebau in der Postfordistischen Gesellschaft, Fisher, Vienna 2003), and his interest in public space (e.g.: Heterotopias of Difference,” in Heterotopia and the City, Routledge, 2009). Cenzatti’s empirical works focuses largely on the role of villages in Chinese urbanization since 1980 (cf.: “The City in between the Villages,” in South China's Urban Villages, Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming 2014).