Stefano Serafini

International Society of Biourbanism

Philosopher, Psychologist
Philosopher and psychologist, Stefano Serafini has founded, and is the current research director of, the International Society of Biourbanism – ISB. He designed and directed the ISB Summer Schools in Neuroergonomics and Design (2012, 2013, 2014), a success case with participants from over 20 Countries, and the following projects devoted to enhance socio-economical resilience: “Artena”, “Lepus”, “Signia” and “Leo” in the area of Lepini Mountains, Italy. He has also started up and managed education, tourism and publishing businesses, and edited several works on biourbanism, epistemology, politics and culture. Among them the programmatic definitions of «Biourbanism» and «Peer-to-Peer Urbanism», and the latter «Biourbanism as a new framework for smart cities studies», in M. Vinod Kumar (ed.), Geographic Information System for Smart Cities, Copal Publishing Group: Ghaziabad/London, 2013 (with A. Caperna). Following his interest in the concepts of form and intentionality, he has disseminated and promoted the thought on biological self-organization by the cytogeneticist Antonio Lima-de-Faria, the architectural theories by Christopher Alexander and Nikos Salingaros, and the socio-artistic work by Marco Casagrande.

As part of his research, Dr. Serafini has envisioned a human-centered model for developing and enhancing the qualities of small towns, that merges biourbanism theory and service design. He is currently (2014) instantiating such a model in five Italian cities. The same model is currently studied by the Kazakh Economic University (Almaty), where the Kazakh-Italian Association of Biourbanism, of which Stefano Serafini has been appointed Italian vicepresident, has been established in 2014.
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