PROSPETTIVE URBANE: Progetto editoriale Milano Urban Center

On Wednesday, July 17 2024 at 18:00 CET, Davide Ponzini and Stefano Di Vita will present the recent book Milan Cultural Mega-Events at a dedicated event hosted by the Milano Urban Center. The event is held in collaboration with the Order of Architects PPC of the Province of Milan. Four other recent books addressing various urban perspectives of the city of Milan will also be presented and discussed. The event is open to the public and will be held at Palazzo Morando (Via Sant’Andrea 6).

TAU-Lab Meets

TAU-Lab Meets 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


  • Monday, June 17, 2024. Federico Cugurullo (Trinity College Dublin) 14:30-16:30
  • Monday, May 13, 2024. Sampo Ruoppila (University of Turku) 14:30-16:00 
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024. (Research centre update). 11:00-12:30
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Xiaoxuan Du (Harbi Institute of Technology). 11:00-12:30
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2023, from 12:00 to 13:30 CET (Xiahong Hua, Tongji University Shanghai)
  • Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 14:30 to 16:00 CET (Jonathan Metzger, KTH – Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan)
  • Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 11:30 to 13:00 CET (Federico Cugurullo, Trinity College Dublin)
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 11:00 to 12:30 CET (Bipashyee Ghosh, University of Sussex)
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023, from 11:30 to 13 CET (Sven Daniel Wolfe, ETH Zurich)
  • Friday, December 2, 2022, from 14 to 16 CET (presentations by PhD students)
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2022, from 17 to 19 CET (Giulio Verdini, Westminster University)
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022, from 17 to 19 CET (presentations by PhD students)
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2022, from 17 to 19 CET (Nadia Alaily-Mattar, TU Munich)
  • Friday, March 25, 2022, from 10 to 13 CET (David Gogishvili and Martin Müller, University of Lausanne)
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 17 to 19 CET (Francesco Chiodelli, University of Turin)
  • Monday, February 14, 2022, from 15 to 17 CET (research project presentations by PhD students)
  • Monday, January 31, 2022, from 15 to 17 CET (research project presentations by PhD students)
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 17 to 19 CET (Stefano Di Vita, Politecnico di Milano)
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 17 to 19 CET (Zachary M. Jones, Politecnico di Milano)
  • Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 13 to 15 CET (Yiqing Zhao, Xi’an Jiaotong University)
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 17 to 19 CET (Davide Ponzini, Politecnico di Milano)

Exploring the Urban Dimension of AI Seminar Series 2024

The “Exploring the urban dimension of AI” Seed Seminar Series will focus on the uses of AI and related tools in the city, going beyond the discussion of mere technical matters and unfolding the political, social, and cultural issues that are implied. The series brings together international experts to critically discuss case studies, the complexities and controversies of the uses of AI from the perspective of cities, their public administrators, and planning actors.

Seminar Series organized by Grazia Concilio, Davide Ponzini, Valeria Fedeli, Zachary Jones, and Michelangelo Secchi  


Series Program

AI and Big Data for urban governance: The Single Platform for Urban Management in Shanghai 

Diego Todaro (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) 

08/05/2024; 17:00 – 18:30 

Discussants: Ilaria Mariani (Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano) and Gerardo Semprebon (Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano) 

How AI is transforming public participation in urban planning  

Sampo Ruoppila (University of Turku & UrbanistAI) 

13/05/2024; 17:00 – 18:30 

Discussants: Barbara Piga (Politecnico di Milano) and Aubrey Toldi (Politecnico di Milano) 

Intelligence of complex systems in urban and regional science: Dilemmas in AI supported planning and spatial agentivity

Dino Borri (Politecnico di Bari) 

15/05/2024; 17:00-18:30 

Discussants: Carolina Pacchi (Politecnico di Milano) and Stefano Moroni ( Politecnico di Milano) 

Da Expo alle Olimpiadi: “Ombre sulla neve” e “Milan cultural mega-events” alla Biblioteca Cassina Anna, Milano 

Davide Ponzini, Zachary Jones and Abdallah Jreij present the book Milan Cultural Mega-events in conjunction with Luigi Casanova presenting his book Ombre sulla neve. The event, open to the public, addressed the five main themes of the book and generated a public discussion about the legacy of the 2015 Expo and the goals of the upcoming 2026 Winter Olympic Games.


May 11, 2024

Biblioteca Cassina Anna, Milan

I Grandi Eventi Giubileo 2025 e Olimpiadi di Milano-Cortina 2026 

Davide Ponzini presents some of the findings of the recent publication Milan Cultural Mega-events: From the 2015 Expo through the 2026 Winter Olympics. In the presentation he highlights the spatial particularities of the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics in comparison to past events as well as the potentiality for a cultural legacy of the future event based on the experience of hosting the 2015 Expo.  


March 27, 2024

Rome Chamber of Commerce