The Isle of Dogs

Canary Wharf is a financial district that has developed since the 90s on the peninsula that once housed the port of London, known as the Isle of Dogs.

The expansion of the Jubilee Line and the development of the nearby London City Airport, aroused a growing interest from multinationals companies and investment banks, so that the newly built skyscrapers started to be filled after a general disertation due to the real estate collapse of the early 90s.

Before returning to the news as a financial centre able to face up the historic City of London, this strip of land had already distinguished itself in the past as a symbol and engine of the wealth, power and economic influence of London and the British Empire. Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries the city gained the sad record of fourth port in the world for slave trade, after Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Liverpool. More than three thousand ships setting sail from the port of London contributed to the enslavement of more than a million people and their deportation from the coasts of West Africa to overseas colonies. Slavery was in fact the main fuel of the phenomenon that takes the name of ‘triangular trade’. The ships left the homeland heading to the African coast to buy slaves in exchange for weapons and artifacts of low alloy, and then resell them in the American colonies to the highest bidder and return home precious goods such as minerals, tobacco, cotton and especially sugar.

At the end of the seventeenth century a small number of London merchants at the head of the London's Royal Africa Company held the monopoly of the slave trade, thanks also to the support of a network of investors, banks, insurance companies and shipbuilders in which everyone found its own share of profit from this form of trade. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that a considerable part of London greatness was built on it.
La Seine flooding 2016-2018

While the richest streets of Paris were hosting the kermesse of the Fashion Week as it’s costumary at this moment of the year, on January 28th 2018 river Seine raised to critical levels for the second time in less than two years.

As it happened in june 2016, part of the underground service has been suspended for an entire week and the most important museums such as Musèe d’Orsay and The Louvre have put in place emergency measures to secure their artworks.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in Paris suburbs such as the town of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, which is very close to Orly Airport.

in collaboration with Elise Duchemin

Old capital of Tito's Yugoslavia, a crossroads of civilizations and empires such as the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empire - divided here only by the waters of the Danube - Belgrade is today among the most vibrant centers of south-eastern Europe. This “phoenix city” has risen for the umpteenth time from the conflicts of the nineties and the tragic bombing of NATO in 1999 thanks above all to the creativity of its inhabitants.

This liveliness, combined with the new impetus given by the opinion makers of the European tourism business in search of new exotic destinations not too far after the collapse of demand for destinations such as Turkey and Egypt, has started to attract more than a real estate appetite. An example of this turbulent phase are the works for the completion of the temple of Saint Sava, the largest Orthodox church in the world. A colossal work begun back in 1935, which will be completed over the next two years with the installation of 40 tons of mosaics funded by Russia and the energy giant Gazprom. But the most striking evidence of what is happening is in Savamala, one of the most lively neighborhoods of the city, revitalized in recent years by artists and young people who have opened bars and ateliers in old and drooping buildings. Some of these buildings have just been expropriated with a special law by the government, forcing hundreds of people to clear the area to make room for a work of "public utility": the construction of the new complex "Belgrade Waterfront", operated by the Eagle Hills of Abu Dhabi, controlled by one of the biggest real estate giants in the world: Emaar Properties. A 3.5 billions project involving 177 hectars on the Sava river front, against which many committees and associations are trying to fight. In the city center, huge billboards with the rendering of the project "Belgrade on the water" try to hide the crumbling warehouses where hundreds of Pakistani and Afghan refugees are 'parked' waiting for them to reach Europe.

The result is a city in full transition, where  the tension between a pro-Russian trend and the desire to give itself a more European facade, between the attachment to its past and its history and the momentum towards the future.