From smart to people-first cities

The pandemic has disrupted and reconfigured urban life. What is the potential for shifting to a people-first lens for urban transformation? Damiano Cerrone from Demos Helsinki and John Hadaway from SPIN Unit highlight and interpret the signals of change they are seeing.

Land Cover of Early Life Environment Modulates the Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

The study suggests that exposure to an agricultural environment (comprising nonirrigated arable land, fruit trees and berry plantations, pastures, natural pastures, land principally occupied by agriculture with significant areas of natural vegetation, and agroforestry areas) early in life is inversely associated with the risk of type 1 diabetes. This association may be mediated by early…

The future of work in the Smart City

Moderated by Alex Irwin-Hunt, Global Markets Editor and co-host of Rising Ecosystems Podcast at fDi Intelligence We will discuss the future of work and how this differs for smart cities versus cites less focused on urban technology. Will urban tech solutions trigger better ‘liveable city solutions’ for people working, as well as for those living…

City Experiment Fund Webinar series: Humble governance: addressing complex challenges through a networked model

We are currently facing substantial societal challenges, such as climate change, polarization, and racial tensions. We believe that the only way forward is to collectively strive towards increasingly humble public governance, in which broad collaboration and collective learning build trust. Humility begins with an acknowledgement of our own fallibility. In a context characterized by great…

The future of shrinking cities

The report for the Estonian Ministry of Finance is not out. This is a nearly year long process to map population shrinkage in Estonia utilising novel datasets. I will soon update this post with a summary in English and more information is also available on the website of the Ministry.

Unfinished city, group exhibition @ Museum of Estonian Architecture

A group exhibition at the Estonian Museum of Architecture named “Unfinished City. Tallinn’s urban visions ”, open from Jan 22nd to March 25th 2021. Visitors to the exhibition will get an overview of Tallinn’s urban planning challenges and problems, and hopefully also an answer to the question of whether Tallinn will be transformed into a…

Towards regenerative cities @ Tampere smart city week.

Regenerative thinking is part of an ecological narrative where human and natural systems evolve together. People see themselves as part of an ecosystem and their actions enrich, reinforce and refurbish their living environment. It’s about finding the right balance between our growth ambitions and the one-earth boundaries. The regenerative cities narrative is about transforming urban…

Interview @ Estonian E-Residency program

From time to time though, a leap forward is catalysed by unforeseen external events, and as e-resident Damiano Cerrone, an Italian based in Finland — consultant at Demos Helsinki, Researcher at Tampere University, and Co-Founder at SPIN Unit — explained, the global health crisis of 2020 is part of an ongoing cycle of change. More on Medium

FIN/EST data-art at Wild Mazzini

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. During the Torino Graphic Days, Wild Mazzini exhibited two cartographies I co-produced with Jesus at SPIN Unit about the digital footprint of Helsinki and Tallinn. We gathered all…

Talk @ World Summit on the Digital Built Environment

During the coming few months we are going to experience a new urban transformation driven by novel acceleration schemes and industrial innovations. This is far from unprecedented as we have faced similar crisis about twice every century. The upcoming stimulus packages will boost new planning and building practices that will require the development of new…

Speaker @ The European Commission’s 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge.

More about the webinar and content here. Summary report from the EU commission Damiano Cerrone discussed the role of cities in shaping the post-pandemic world, focusing on people, localizing supply chains, mobility, technology, digital platforms and data commons. He presented a history of series of urban transformations, concluding we are currently in the 7th. The…

Design Your Creativity @ Brera Design Week

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…

Digital Autarky @ 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…

How urban planning turns into interaction planning @ PopUp City

“To gain a deeper understanding of contemporary cities we use an approach called “metaMorphology”. It is based on 3 pillars: Space, Activities and Value. For instance, if we are standing in front of a store, we see the building and the public space around it (Space). We see employees and customers, walking in and out,…

Market Cafe Mag

As individuals we collect emotions and experiences that are strongly related to time and space, shaping what we call urban metaMorphology, the invisible forms of the city. This is what we want to explore, borrowing methods from cultural analytics and digital anthropology to map the digital traces left by people – giving the rise to…