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Since several years, a vivid debate in urban planning academic and professional circles responded already to the need to position Open Cities as response to the societal and political topic of migration. Amongst many initiatives the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2016 addressed the topic of “Welcome City”, as well as several research projects (e.g. launched by the Federal Government through the BBSR agency) and conferences of academic and professional organisations (e.g. the Italian Association of Urban Planners SIU). 

Focusing on cities as living spaces, the Cosmopolitan Habitat Symposium aims at seeking pathways to enhance and upscale successful responses in urban planning linked with avant-garde examples of urban policies and its impact on society and economy. Cosmopolitan Habitat suggests an additional horizon of debate towards the multiple ideas of Open City (Sennett) and Inclusive Spaces and towards a cultural and social civilisatory spirit to understand cities as internationally connected laboratories for cosmopolitan innovation, referred to recent examples in cities in Germany and Southern Europe. 

During the Conference, academic and professional experts will discuss about the three following lines:

Cosmopolitan Atmosphere: Trigger innovative spirit

How can Cosmopolitan Atmospheres be defined, enhanced and formed with urban planning and design frameworks? In which way, they can create values as asset for cultural, economic and social innovation and liveable habitat? 

Cosmopolitan Accelerators: Activate spaces and networks

How can processes of activation be configured and framed, that lead towards at- tractive places, new use for abandoned space and new urban networks? What are possible innovations brought in urban planning and design processes? 

Cosmopolitan Makers: Co-Create urban change

How can the engagement of stakeholders and active citizenship for Cosmopolitan Habitat be evaluated and conceptualised towards new models of co-creation? What are necessary pathways to develop expertise in urban planning? 


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Keynote Speakers

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Prof. Yannis Aesopos

Yannis Aesopos is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras and Director of the Master in Architecture and Urban Design Program. He is principal of Aesopos Architecture, Athens.

Prof. Filipe Barata

Full professor of the University of Évora (Mediterranean History and Cultural Heritage), “Intangible Heritage and Traditional know How: Linking Heritage” UNESCO Chair holder. *Pro bono* board director of the Fondation Orient-Occident (Rabat – Morocco)  


Luisa Bravo

Global academic scholar and educator, social entrepreneur and public space activist. Her expertise is grounded in extensive academic postdoctoral research and teaching in Italy and Europe, the United States, Middle East, Asia and Australia. She is the Founder and President of City Space Architecture, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Journal of Public Space.

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Matevž Čelik 

Architect, researcher and cultural producer in  architecture and design. Until this year director of MAO, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana. Developer of new cultural models in architecture and design. In 2015 he founded Future Architecture, a pan-European platform for exchange & networking between architectural institutions and emerging talents.


Prof. Mosé Ricci

Full Professor of Urbanism and Architectural Design. Emeritus of Italian Republic for Art and Culture (since2003). Fulbright Scholar, Harvard University, (1996). Visiting at TU-Munich, IAAC-BCN, MAUD-Athens.  Books: Habitat 5.0 (Skira, 2019), New Paradigms (2012), RISCHIOPAESAGGIO  (2003). Accademia dei Lincei invited scholar (2019-22)   


Prof. David Grahame Shane

Adjunct Professor in the Urban Design program at Columbia GSAPP. He is the author of Recombinant Urbanism: Conceptual Modeling in Architecture, Urban Design and City Theory (2005). Most recent publications are: Block, Superblock and Megablock; A Short History (2014), Chinese Rapid Urbanization and the Megacity in Cities in Transition (NAi, 2015) 

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Prof. Sokrates Stratis

Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus, ( My research focuses on the political and social agencies of architecture and urban design. It oscillates between critical urban practice and practice-based research, thanks to many entanglements between teaching, practicing, curating, and writing. Founder of the agency AA & U, Cyprus, ( Publication: The “Guide to Common Urban Imaginaries in Contested Spaces”, Jovis, 2016.

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Prof. Maddalena Ferretti

Architect, PhD, Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design, Università Politecnica delle Marche. National coordinator of  “[B4R] Branding for Resilience”, PRIN Miur (2020–2023). Former director of the research group for “Regiobranding”, BMBF (2014–2017) Book: Scenarios and Patterns for Regiobranding (with J. Schröder, JOVIS, 2018).

Carmelo Ignaccolo

Ph.D. Candidate in City Design and Development at MIT, DUSP, and an Adj. Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP where he teaches a graduate-level class on digital techniques for Urban Design.

His academic research focuses on urban morphology and environmental psychology in historic cities.


Dr. Barbara Lino

Architect, PhD, Researcher of Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo. She writes about cities, suburbs regeneration and local development strategies. Author of national and international articles and books, amongst them: Periferie in trasform-azione. Riflessioni dai "margini" delle città (Alinea, 2013).


Dr. Martina Massari

Architect, PhD, Research fellow at the UNIBO, since 2019. Research assistant at the Chair for Regional Building and Urban Planning at the Leibniz University of Hannover. She is part of UNIBO research group on Collaborative & Adaptive Cities. Her research interests concern the interaction between social innovation practices and urban planning. 



Prof. Alessandra Badami

Riccarda Cappeller 

Annalisa Contato

Alissa Diesch

Architect, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo. Author of several publications, amongst them: Gibellina, la città che visse due volte (FrancoAngeli, 2020).

Researcher, Lecturer,  PhD candidate in Urban Design and Planning, Leibniz Universität Hannover with interest in design methods for mixed urban spaces. Since 2015 Architectural Journalist at baunetz, Politik&Kultur. 

Architect, PhD, researcher of Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo. She writes about Inner Cities, local development and polycentric development. Book: Policentrismo reticolare (FrancoAngeli, 2019).

Dipl.-Ing. Arch. TUM (2012), since 2018 Researcher and Lecturer at LUH. Since 2016 PhD candidate at TUM. From 2015-2018 lecturer and leader of the research group Habitat socio-cultural at UGC, Colombia.

DAAD PhD research scholarship in Colombia 2017.


Prof. Daniele Ronsivalle

Dr. Federica Scaffidi

Dr. Emanuele Sommariva

Dr. Sabrina Sposito

Architect, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo Author of several publications, amongst them: Luoghi, territori, paesaggi. Intelligenze collettive per la pianificazione nel Neoantropocene (FrancoAngeli, 2018).

Architect, PhD, Researcher and Lecturer

in Urban Design and Planning, Leibniz Universität Hannover. Her research interests concern recycling practices, social innovation and urban-rural development. Visiting researcher at ETSAM of Madrid, Polytechnic of Turin and LUH. PhD, Doctor Europaeus at University of Palermo.

Architect, PhD, Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Design, University of Genoa. Researcher in Urban Design and Planning of Leibniz Universität Hannover (2012-20). Scientific manager of EU project ‘Creative Food Cycles’ (2018-20) Book: ‘Urban Agriculture. Strategies for City Resilience’ (ListLab, 2014).

Territorial Planner, PhD. Researcher at the Institute of Urban Design and Planning of Leibniz Universität Hannover within the framework of Creative EU ‘Creative Food Cycles’ (2018- 20). DAAD Research Grant holder for Postdoc Scientists (2017-18), Postdoc Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), Graz, Austria (2016-17)and emerging talents.

PhD candidates

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Thank you!

Cosimo Camarda

Maria Giada Di Baldassarre

Phd Candidate at Polytechnic University of Marche

Phd Candidate at University of Palermo

Marina Mazzamuto

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Caterina Rigo

Phd Candidate at Polytechnic University of Marche

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Dalila Sicomo

Phd Candidate at University of Palermo

Phd Candidate at University of Palermo

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