TAU-Lab Thursdays are colloquium-style sessions where the members of the Transnational Architecture and Urbanism Lab research unit and other invited speakers present their recent and ongoing work as well as workshop their research ideas, projects, methods, and publications with the others. It involves PhD students and Post-Doc researchers not only during the sessions as presenters and discussants, but also as active organizing members.
The sessions are both in person, at Politecnico di Milano DAStU, and online. This facilitates the participation of scholars and allows for a wider set of meetings during the year. The sessions are free of charge and open to scholars and experts who request to join, by sending an email to email@example.com
Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 17 to 19 CET (Davide Ponzini) Thursday, December 2, 2021, 13 to 15 CET (Yiqing Zhao) Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 17 to 19 CET (Zachary M. Jones)
Thursday, January 13, 2021, from 17 to 19 CET 19 (Stefano Di Vita)
Thursday, January 27, 2021, from 17 to 19 CET (research project presentations by PhD students)
The webinar will introduce and launch the “Charter for Mega-events in Heritage-rich Cities”. During the sessions, leading international experts and policy-makers will discuss the current and future challenges regarding mega-events, heritage and the city.
Mega-events have long been synonymous with the creation of mass investments in iconic venues, new infrastructures and large development schemes. Yet many cities have come to question this model, either by rejecting mega-events altogether or instead seeking smaller, less expensive and more sustainable models. The last several bidding cycles for the Olympic Games in particular have seen many candidate cities abruptly cancel their bids, leading to the unprecedented move of both the 2024 and 2028 Games being awarded simultaneously. In particular, the plans for the upcoming Paris 2024 and Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic Games clearly demonstrates a change in thinking and approach to hosting mega-events as both events will largely utilize existing venues while also involving heritage sites in varying ways. At the same time, cultural mega-events, like the European Capital of Culture program, have become increasingly popular in recent years. Though comparatively smaller in size and budget, such events also have come to have an important impact on the infrastructure, urban fabric and promoted image and development of these cities.
In this context, the ”Mega-events and the City” series draws on multiple kinds of mega-events, their similarities and differences to pinpoint which lessons and learning can be translated among different experiences and how the plans for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics as well as others may benefit from the past cases. The seminars will be clustered to investigate 3 specific perspectives: – Urban governance and legacy – Cultural heritage and landscape – Urban regions and networks
The video of each seminar will be posted online the day prior on this webpage, with a live online discussion taking place at 17.00 Please request access to the online discussion by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Wednesdays at 4.30pm from the 20th of March until April 17th 2019
In recent years, mega-events have begun to lose their appeal in Western cities and are increasingly encountering resistance. In response, their programming is changing the way they relate to the city, to reduce costs and better facilitate the management of the event’s legacy. This has included re-using existing infrastructures and intervening in historic places rather than creating large platforms on the outskirts. In Europe, this can expose cities and their cultural heritage to new risks, particularly in the most fragile territorial and cultural contexts. At the same time, the presence of major events can also serve as an opportunity for the enhancement of heritage and for the development of the city.
The seminar series “Cultural Mega-events and Urban Heritage” invites international experts to explore this controversial topic for the first time through examples of mega-cultural events (such as the European Capital of Culture of Wroclaw 2016, Pafos 2017 and Matera 2019).