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OCTOBER 2019

Smart mobility for smart cities

Bruce Chatwin famously wrote that "the real home of man is not his house, but the road". Even if you do not agree with him that life is a journey better done by foot, there is no doubt mobility...

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JULY 2019

It’s time for new stories about climate change

This summer’s heat wave in Europe, like last summer’s wave of forest fires in North America, galvanized public awareness of climate change.   Those events were cases of extreme...

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JUNE 2019

Silk road revival hinges on tigers in Samarkand,...

In the mid-1990s, an American writer published a book arguing that Marco Polo never visited China, but pieced together stories from merchants he had met in the Middle East.   Evidence cited...

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FEBRUARY 2019

Competition over what competition means, the...

The landscape is rapidly changing. We can see it everyday just travel or walking around. That’s not just true on the physical level due to climate change and rapid global urbanization....

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OCTOBER 2018

Facts, fictions and the meaning of responsibility

The collapse of the A10 bridge in Genoa is a national tragedy. Emotions are running high, and rightly so, and foremost in our thoughts must be the 43 people who lost their lives, and their loved ones.

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AUGUST 2018

Peak liveability: Europe’s cities have a unique...

As Italo Calvino wrote half a century ago, cities are like dreams; while they may have absurd rules and hide as much as they reveal, they are made of desires and fears. And each one offers a chance for...

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APRIL 2018

The road to Xanadu was paved by Genghis Khan

Recently I mused on “The Silk Road as seen by a Venetian’’, pondering how an individual trader, Marco Polo, was able to discover vast swathes of human geography and culture on the far...

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DECEMBER 2017

The Silk Road as seen by a Venetian

The Silk Road - evoking a link between Chinese mulberry trees to European castle decor - is back on the radar. It refers to fascinating places and times – and also, inevitably, to Italy.
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FEBRUARY 2017

A new sense of place at Fiumicino

Once upon a time, Toblerone, the Swiss chocolate bar patented even before it hit the market, won fame as an exotic classic. You couldn’t find itat your local store, but you could always find it at...

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SEPTEMBER 2016

Something is moving in Italy’s...

Despite widespread insatisfaction about Italy’s economic trends, one sector is burning as bright as a campfire on the beach.
Tourism appears to be outpacing the national gross domestic
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APRIL 2016

A comparative look shows Italy hasn’t lost its...

The words Italy and infrastructure have been on a collision course in public perception for more than a decade, with the common view being that Europe’s third-largest country is no longer fit to...

MARCH 2016

All roads lead to Rome

All roads lead to Rome, it is commonly said. But what about flights? As it happens, two great historical empires, the Roman and Chinese, never managed much direct contact as diplomatic forays in both...

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