‘Permesso’ is my master's thesis and initially began as a personal exploration of my relationship with Genoa. However, as I encountered various residents, each representing distinct facets of the city, I gradually realized that I saw reflections of myself in them. Their mutual connection with the city, akin to the dynamics of a human relationship, resonated deeply with my understanding of what defines a city’s unique identity in the face of globalization. It emphasized how the city’s history and culture profoundly influence its distinct sense of domesticity.

The film argues that only by enabling ourselves to regain a position within the inside, can we tackle the complex intersecting impetus defining and refining the character of a city. Hence, as a reaction of constant transformation, this observation from an absolutely “present” position also prevents a romanticized, nostalgic standpoint.

Date: 2020
Location: Genoa IT
Client: Architectural Association School of Architecture
Tutors: Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine, Gili Merin


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