Professor of History of Architecture at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice (IUAV), he envisions arts and sciences in the framework of a general history of ideas. He has also taught at the University of Genoa and Trieste. He contributed to the foundation of the Faculty of Architecture in Trieste and the IUAV Design and Arts faculty. Responsible for the EU of an Observatory on the Academies of Art, Faculties of Architecture and Engineering in Europe.
He is in the Steering Committee of the Collodi Foundation and in the Scientific Committee of the Francesco Fabbri Foundation for which he follows the Political Laboratory on issues as: Thinking Europe; Reflections on the crisis; The spaces of politics. and with the publication of a Manifesto for the smart land (with F. Della Puppa); another on the Circular Society / Digital Economy, with A. Bonomi and F. Della Puppa. He collaborates with Italiadecide on the relationship between governance and the digital world. He has been curator of significant art exhibitions. He is the author of many books, published in English, German, French, Spanish and Turkish, on architecture, design, urban planning, aesthetics, history, hermeneutics, epistemology, on the relationship between art and the sacred, on the relationship between architecture and care, on the circular society, on transition to the digital production mode.