Irene Manzini Ceinar (2019 Cohort)

Irene Manzini Ceinar


About me: I am an urban designer with a background in architecture and urban design. I did my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Sustainable Architecture and Multi-Scale Project at the Politecnico of Milan in Italy, where I graduated with distinction in 2016 and moved in London the same year after achieving the Professional Qualification equivalent Part III Architect. In 2018 I graduated with distinction in the M.Res. Interdisciplinary Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning and I registered as ARB qualified architect in the UK. I have experienced as a teaching assistant as well as a tutor for many workshops in many universities, including the Politecnico of Milan (Italy), the Bartlett School, UCL and the London South Bank University. The academic carrier has been complemented by active participation in parallel activities, such as the foundation in 2014 of Presidio Temporaneo di Architettura, involving debates on the urban space and the active work as a researcher in the Civic Design Group in cooperation with the CivicWise Association.
Currently, I am coordinating the Urban Graphic Skills module at the Bartlett School of planning and work as a freelance urban designer with AR Urbanism, where I am developing more experience in the area of masterplanning and placemaking strategies. Thanks to my job and the involvement in interdisciplinary activities I am also acquiring knowledge in designing and implementing qualitative methodologies in human-centred approach and community engagement as civic action processes.

My research: My interests span across firstly, the relationship between precariousness cultures emerged after the recession of 2008, emergent work patterns and the use and production of space. Secondly, to understand how the interactions between individuals and their physical and social environment are tightly entangled.
My PhD research, provisionally titled: ‘Coworking and new urban chance: Exploring the relationship between collaborative working spaces and their urban context’, aims to investigate urban effects of new workspace patterns, comparing the London Borough of Hackney and the Creative Cluster in the northern area of Milan, regarding community construction and interaction, contribution to urban revitalisation trends, and local physical transformations.
The urban phenomenon of collaborative working spaces in the city can be seen as a reaction to the increasing level of uncertainty due to the collapse of the employment paradigm, trying to put a positive turn on precarious conditions, re-defining the unpredictable access to stable work as ephemeral and flexible and the socio-spatial transformation of entire neighbourhoods as its direct consequence.
Therefore, this study aims to fill this gap by examining the location patterns of co-working spaces and their urban effects at different scales, both in terms of urban spaces and social practices, including: (i) the impact on the surrounding public space; (ii) the wider urban revitalization (from an economic and a spatial point of view); (iii) community building, with the subsequent relationship between co-working members and the local community, (iv) the cognitive dynamics and attachment aspects generated at the local level, where proximity dynamics can have spillover effects.

Supervisors: Professor Alan Penn and Dr Juliana Martins


Manzini Ceinar, I. (2019). Co-working As New Urban Chance. Journal of Urban Design N° 149,
ISSN 1750 712X

Manzini Ceinar I. in Garcia-Ruiz,M., Henriques, M., Chaves, H., Oliveira A.S., Ferreira, AC., Colombo, A., Almeida, S., Santos, R., (2018). Moving Ideas: from Network-City to Cluster-City. Third International Conference of Young Urban Researchers, ISBN: 978-972-8048-34-1

Manzini Ceinar I. (2017). Folkestone on the Border: A Dislocated City Living “In-Between”. – UCL Urban Laboratory,

Chiari A., Chiroli, A., Manzini Ceinar I., (2015). Creative Housing: Diaphragm as a Tool Generating New Spaces. Housing the Future, alternative approaches for tomorrow. AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society), Edited by Graham Potts and Rachel Isaac-Menard. ISBN 978-0-9933706-0-1

Pathway: Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space

Location: Bartlett School of Architecture