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 zachary.jones@polimi.it


  • 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) 

BRESCIA 2024: What legacy from a Capital of Culture?

Presentation of the student work from 051513 – URBAN DESIGN STUDIO | School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano | aa. 2023-24.

Monday, February 5th, 2024 | p.m. 2.30- 4.30. Room B.6.3 (Building 14) | Via Bonardi, 9 – 20133 – Milano

  • Isabella Inti (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Zachary M. Jones (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Valeria Fedeli (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Mattia Carlo Cherubini (Line Culture)
  • Elena Mocchetti (photographer, HC association)

Critical Urban Digitalization 2023 Seminar Series

In the last decades, cities and societies have been undergoing an unprecedented process of digitalization. This process impacts multiple dimensions of urban life: from high-level planning to service provision, from city-scale political discourses to day-to-day urban life. The implementation of “smart city” strategies has too often relied on ICT operators, confating this concept into a mere technical and digital matter that typically underestimates the implied political issues regarding democracy, justice, sustainability, and the way we understand human co-existence. The Critical Urban Digitalization seminar series brings together international experts to critically discuss the complexities and controversies of the digitalization/ smartness interplay and provide an overview of ongoing critical research and perspectives animating the current debate. 


“Deep Transition Futures and Smart Urbanism: Challenging contradictions through Global South experiences”

April 19, 2023, 17:00, Room Castigliano (Building 5) 
Bipashyee Ghosh (University of Sussex)

“AI in the City: Incarnations and Challenges”

April 26, 2023, 17:00, Room Castigliano (Building 5) 
Federico Cugurullo (Trinity College Dublin)

“Deliberation Technologies: State of the Art, Current Limitations, and Future Research to Enable Participatory Policy and Decision Making”

April 27, 2023, 17:00, Room B (Building 12) 
Annalisa Deliddo (KMI The Open University)

“Bugs in the smart city: Going upstream in human-mosquito co-becoming”

May 3, 2023,17:00, Room Castigliano (Building 5) 
Jonathan Metzger (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Organised by

  • Davide Ponzini
  • Grazia Concilio
  • Zachary Jones
  • Abdallah Jreij
  • Maryam Karimi 

CRUDi Series available on

Mega-events in Heritage-rich Cities: Principles and recommendations in Europe (2022) 

How can cities rich in culture host mega-events without putting their own heritage at risk? How can mega-events become effective ways to promote and protect tangible and intangible heritage in Europe and beyond? Drawing on the HOMEE Research Project – winner of one of the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 in research – the seminar discusses these questions and their practical implications. 

October 24, 2022, Politecnico di Milano

The full event can be viewed online


  • Laura Ambrosino (European Commission)
  • Stefano Baia Curioni (Bocconi University)
  • Massimo Bricocoli (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Mariachiara Esposito (European Commission), Maciej Hofman (Europa Nostra)
  • Zachary Jones (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Pascal Lievaux (JPI Cultural Heritage)
  • Cristina Loglio, Chryssa Martini (Eleusis 2023 European Capital of Culture)
  • Iacopo Mazzetti (Milano-Cortina 2026 Foundation)
  • Davide Ponzini (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga (Cracow University of Economics)