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 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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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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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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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.
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.
On 25-26 October 2018 I will present the results of my research I am doing for the URMI Project at Tampere University of Technology. Here is more info about the event or read more if you want to see the abstract.
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I was invited give a presentation to the Finnish Ministry of Environment and his delegation to display the results of my research at Tampere University of Technology on metaMorphology. The talk was designed to show the methodology I developed to study urban trends in Finland and rise awareness on the phase of decay in the diversity of activities available in Helsinki in comparison to other European capital cities.
On October the 6th I will give a talk in Offenbach at the Bend Make Change festival. In my presentation I will extend the debate we recently had in London at Data Obscura and open a debate on social media data and the city.
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I will take part in Data Obscura, the Signal Noise opening panel debate in London. Signal Noise, the data design studio forming part of The Economist Group, explores the relationship between data and truth in a four-day ‘Data Obscura’ exhibition, launching with a panel event chaired by The Economist’s senior editor, Kenneth Cukier.
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In my talk I presented the general concept of metaMorphology, some insights from my research at Tampere University of Technology and selected works from the metaMorphology Lab of Tampere, Tallinn and St. Petersburg. Here you can read more if you can read Finnish.