Mario Paris, Architect (Politecnico di Milano, I) and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning (Universidad de Valladolid, E). Since 2006, he works with Laboratorio Urb&Com as researcher and consultant; he collaborates with Instituto Universitario de Urbanistica de la Universidad de Valladolid and he is also Contract Professor of Urban Planning in Politecnico di Milano. Editor of the book ‘Making Prestigious Places: how luxury influences the transformation of cities’ (Routledge, In press) and author of the monography ‘Urbanistica dei superluoghi’ (Maggioli, 2009) and of several articles for national and international scientific publications; he is member of the Scientific Board of the scientific journal Ciudades (E). In 2015, he has been validated as Urbact ad-hoc expert and since 2016 is PoliMI International Fellowship in DAStU.
He studies the impacts of the presence of clusters of central functions (and/or superplaces) at urban and regional scale, and the reaction of post-metropolitan territories. Through the production of a specific spatial knowledge, he points out the role of retail and tertiary in contemporary territorial patterns.