Dr Adriana Laura Massidda

School of Architecture

Lecturer in Architectural Humanities

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Dr Adriana Laura Massidda
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN
I am currently working in two main research areas. First, for twelve years I have been studying and reconstructing the history of Buenos Aires shantytowns. Second, in my most recent research, I have begun to investigate and expand on the environmental aspects of the processes of urban change I have found when studying precarious settlements, linking them to architectural design. In particular, I am piloting research-by-design techniques and co-design in low-income housing contexts in the UK, more specifically in the context of two social housing complexes built on top of former sewage farms in London and Leicester. I am also preparing a new project to pursue similar work in Buenos Aires, thus combining both elements of my expertise.
Research interests

Shantytown history, urban informality, urban history, social housing, (water and sewage) infrastructure, critical environmentalisms, waste, flooding, co-design, urban rivers, landscape design, phytoremediation.


Edited books

  • Massidda A, Snitcofsky VL & Camelli E (Eds.) (2022) Villas en Dictadura. Córdoba, Rosario y Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires: Café de las Ciudades. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Geraghty N & Massidda A (Ed.) (2019) Creative Spaces: Urban Culture and Marginality in Latin America. Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Massidda A (2022) Entre invisibilidades y dirigencias: mujeres en villas de Buenos Aires (1958-1967) In Cravino MC (Ed.), Historia y memoria de villas y favelas Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento RIS download Bibtex download
  • Massidda AL & Geraghty NHD (2019) The spatiality of desire in Martín Oesterheld’s La multitud (2012) and Luis Ortega’s Dromómanos (2012) In Massidda AL & Geraghty NHD (Ed.), Creative Spaces: Urban Culture and Marginality in Latin America RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests
  • Architectural humanities
  • Architectural and landscape design
  • Research/doctoral supervision