Spatial Development Observatory - OST

The Spatial Development Observatory (OST – Osservatorio dello sviluppo territoriale) is a research unit at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, working since 2007 on spatial observation, geo-information and urban geography.

OST develops indicators, methodologies and GIS models for spatial analysis and applies its competences in different ways:

  • exercises a public mandate (OST-TI) for the scientific support of activities of the Sezione dello sviluppo territoriale (Ticino Canton);
  • elaborates research on spatial development issues (settlement, urbanization, mobility, economic activities, public spaces, etc.);
  • at the Academy is placed in the disciplinary area Culture of the territory for the teaching of urban geography and the principles of spatial development;
  • provides geodata to support teaching activities at the Academy.


Responsible Collaborators  
  • Simone Garlandini


  • Giulia Buob
  • Camilla Moreni
  • Sara Ponzio