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Samuele Paglino

MA work

Reactivate Maqueda

Reactivate Maqueda is a project that addresses how to maintain multiculturalism in economically desirable areas, focusing on the Bangladeshi community that is living and working in Via Maqueda in Palermo.

The research topic of this project is about the Bangladeshi community in Palermo, which helped in the regeneration of Via Maqueda - one of the historical streets and axis of the city - in the past 10 years.  With the ongoing modernisation and consequent gentrification of the historic city centre the Bangladeshi community in and around Maqueda is in jeopardy of being relocated.

What my project proposes is to maintain a multicultural community in an economically desired area through the controlled expansion and alteration of businesses. The project shows the transformation of the Bangladesh community as well as their change and evolution in order to benefit from the modernisation and gentrification of the surrounding neighbourhood. 

In conclusion, what this project proposes is to rearrange the architecture in a manner that can accommodate new businesses but at the same time protects the smaller shops. Allowing the Bangladeshi and the other people in the community to keep working and living in Via Maqueda.  

Furthermore, this project represents a prototype that can be applied to other cities.


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2018

  • Samuele Paglino is a London based Architect from Italy.

    He completed his Bachelor studies in Architecture at London South Bank University and TU Graz in Austria where he met Architect Andrea Vattovani, who has strongly influenced Samuele's design. 

    Whilst studying he has dedicated himself to various private architectural commissions and is currently designing a house for a well-known London artist.

    His designs are rooted in research, something he is passionate about - from concepts to final completion, Samuele aspires to create timeless architecture to suit the needs of the future users and his clients.  

    Parallel to this he works as a researcher at DAR LAB (Digital Architectural Robotics Lab), a research platform in architecture education, based on experimentation and cross-discipline collaboration among industry partners, professors and students to expand the boundaries of architectural practice

  • Degrees

  • BA Architecture, London South Bank University, 2014; BA Architecture, TU Graz, Austria, 2013
  • Experience

  • Digital Fabrication Researcher, Tutor Assistant, DARLAB Digital Architecture Robotic Lab, London, 2016-Current; Architectural designer, BLOOMLAB Studio, London, 2015-16; Architectural designer, Gensler, London, 2014-15
  • Exhibitions

  • Sculpture Factory, As part of Human Factor, Ars Electronica, Drive, Berlin, 2016, Robotic Installation; Domestic Institutions, Manifesta12, Palermo, 2018
  • Awards

  • TU Graz Final Year Show, Best Design, 2013
  • Publications

  • The Environmental Performance of High Rise Buildings, The Skyscraper City, is there an optimum density? 2013, Edited by TU Graz