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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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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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.