Chapter in The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society

About a year ago we started writing our contribution to the Routledge Handbook with Panu Lehtovuori and Jani Tartia. Now Drivers of Global Urbanization: Exploring the emerging Urban Society is on pre-order.

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metaPARK study for Tallinn SUMP

Our supporting study for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of Tallinn was made public today by the city. It is currently available only in Estonian but soon we are going to produce a summary in English.

Click here to download the PDF in high-resolution.


As part of the project, on Thursday, October 10,
2019, the Ministry and UNDP, in partnership with
the Adria Media Group, are organizing a “Citizens
Build Smart Cities / Re-imagining the City”
event, in order to present infrastructure solutions
for developing climate-smart cities, showcase how
new technology supports urban environments to
adequately respond to needs of citizens, economy
and nature, and engage citizens in decision-making
on implementation of innovative solutions.

Design Your Creativity – Augmenting human creativity with deep neural network

Human creativity has the ability to make conceptual leaps, creating something surprising from common knowledge. It is the ultimate driving force behind innovation in art and design. Deep Neural Network is amplifying our skills and collaborating with us to achieve productivity and quality that previously have not been possible.

Through case studies and examples, the “Design Your Creativity” explores how AI helps us to create a new painting, sculpture and film, or design a new dress, chair, car. It analyzes novel type of working relationships between humans and machines, and re-imagines creative processes with Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN’s).

Presentations will be made by:
Mauro Martino 14:00 -14:30 (Introduction)
Carlo Ratti 14:45 – 15:15 (AI design and architecture)
Luba Elliott 15:30 – 16:00 (AI art)
Hendrik Strobelt 16:15 – 16:45 (Scientific researcher Generative AI)
Marco Santambrogio 17:00 – 17:30 (AI at Politecnico di Milano)

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Digital Autarky

At SPIN we started a new research path, exploring the phenomenon we name Digital Autarky. We are introducing the concept in a flesh-talk on September 28th, at the event Unboxing E-Realities organised by the Goethe Institute.


Recent years have seen the rise of conflicts over people’s right to their own data, privacy, and transparency in the digital realm. These emerging conflicts bring forth issues of policy and governance for giant companies and non-democratic states just as much as positive possibilities for individuals, innovators, and public agencies.

We wish to explore cities as they evolve and shift from their traditional role in local democracy and urban economy to new opportunities offered by a networked, digital, and data-driven world. Claiming that new forms of local autonomy are on the rise, we focus on cities that are increasingly collecting data on their urban environment and actors. Through strategic leveraging of these data, cities may reclaim control from regional and national governing bodies and also from private technology companies and platform actors.

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FIN/EST at Wild Mazzini

Exhibition of digital cartographies in Turin at Wild Mazzini gallery for the Torino Graphic Days 2019 – I’ll be present for the opening on September then 26th.

Read more below in Italian (soon in English too) and see you in Turin.

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Centers at the fringe of the center

An invited talk at the yearly conference of the Finnish Association of City Centers (Elävaät kaupunkikeskustat ry).

Digital connectivity challenges the supremacy of physical space in explaining how we use and experience the urban landscape. Entirely new patterns of local, urban, and regional phenomena are emerging within the urban fabric. Successful and attractive urban spaces are no longer those planned according to well-established guidelines, but those derived from processes of activity clustering.

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Mentoring at UNDP Eurasia – Data Innovation Clinic

A beautiful 3 days mentoring session at UNDP, for initiatives focused on exploring, prototyping and testing new ways of using data to advance development, it is now time to take stock of what we’ve learned and looked at emerging trends that are likely to shape the next generation of data innovation practice.


metaMorphological research explores the speculative form of the city by examining the shape of the urban environment and its cultural landscape, emphasizing the significance of technology and the rules of media platforms for the creation of urban loci. metaNAR was an attempt to apply this framework to the border city of Narva, where we introduced a new, synthetic landscape.

More about the workshop the dedicated webpage

Helsinki Symposium

The City of Helsinki and Mayor Jan Vapaavuori organised an interesting discussion event of the spring Helsinki Symposium on the role and significance of the cities as the solvers of the biggest challenges of our time. How do the cities fight climate change and segregation? How do cities become sustainable, creative and responsible 1.5-degree cities?

During the afternoon speakers include the author and the New Yorker lifestyle columnist David Owen, Domestic Urban Tops Emma Terämä and Damiano Cerrone, New York Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena and Casper von Koskull, CEO of Nordea.