Professor Alessandro Aurigi

Professor Alessandro Aurigi

Associate Dean - International

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business

Alessandro can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Architecture
  • Urban regeneration
  • Public space
  • Smart cities
  • Urban design
  • Public participation


I am Professor of Urban Design within the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and teach in the Architecture subject.
I am also Associate Dean for Internationalisation in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business.
Still at Plymouth, I was previously Head of the School of Architecture, Design and Environment (2009-2016), and Associate Dean for Research (2016-2019)
I have previosly worked at:
Newcastle University (2001-2009) where I was Deputy Head of School and Director (Head of Dept) of Architecture within the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
University College London (1999-2001) where I was Research Fellow at CASA (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) and then Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Planning


I studied Architecture and Urbanism in Florence (Italy) between 1982 and 1989, obtaining a 1st class Laurea in Architecture (110/110) [this is a long integrated degree equivalent to M.Arch in the UK]
I have a PhD in Urban Planning from Newcastle University
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

2018 – to date Member of the Peer Review College of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Project

2016 - to date Member of the Peer Review College of the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) UK



Staff serving as external examiners

for PGT courses: 2016-2020 External examiner, MSc Urban Design and International Planning, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, UK

I have also served as external examiner of PhD degrees, in the UK and abroad (Australia, Finland, South Africa and Italy)



Research interests

Research themes I am interested and involved with are:
The digitally-augmented city
Recombinant architecture and planning
Urban Design, public place-making and regeneration in the information age
Design methods and approaches, and tools for design thinking (pedagogical research)



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Aurigi A & Odendaal N (2020) 'From “Smart in the Box” to “Smart in the City”: Rethinking the Socially Sustainable Smart City in Context' Journal of Urban Technology 0, 0-0 , DOI Open access
Aurigi A (2012) 'Reflections towards an agenda for urban-designing the digital city' Urban Design International 18, (2) 131-144 Publisher Site , DOI
Aurigi A (2008) 'What you don't see is (also) what you get: Invisible flows and the shaping of media-rich cities' JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURAL AND PLANNING RESEARCH 25, (2) 106-117 Author Site
Aurigi A (2006) 'New technologies, same dilemmas: Policy and design issues for the augmented city' JOURNAL OF URBAN TECHNOLOGY 13, (3) 5-28 Author Site , DOI
Aurigi A (2005) 'Tensions in the Digital City' Town and Country Planning 143-145
Aurigi A (2005) 'Competing Urban Visions and the Shaping of the Digital City' Knowledge, Technology and Policy 18, (1) 12-26
Aurigi A (2005) 'Urban cyberspace as a social construction: non-technological factors in the shaping of Digital Bristol' DIGITAL CITIES III 3081, 97-112 Author Site
Ishida T, Aurigi A & Yasuoka M (2005) 'World digital cities: Beyond heterogeneity' DIGITAL CITIES III 3081, 188-+ Author Site
Aurigi A (2000) 'Digital city or urban simulator?' DIGITAL CITIES 1765, 33-44 Author Site
Graham S & Aurigi A (1997) 'Urbanising cyberspace?' City 2, (7) 18-39 , DOI
Graham S & Aurigi A (1997) 'Virtual cities, social polarization, and the crisis in urban public space' JOURNAL OF URBAN TECHNOLOGY 4, (1) 19-52 Author Site , DOI
Graham S & Aurigi A (1997) 'Urbanising Cyberspace? The Nature and Potential of the Virtual Cities Movement' City 7-8, 18-38
Aurigi A & Odendaal N (2020) Shaping Smart for Better Cities Rethinking and Shaping Relationships between Urban Space and Digital Technologies. Academic Press
(2020) The Routledge Companion to Smart Cities. Routledge , DOI
Willis K & Aurigi A (2017) Digital and Smart Cities. Routledge Publisher Site Open access
Aurigi A & Cindio FD (2008) Augmented urban spaces. Ashgate Pub Co
Aurigi A & De Cindio F (2008) Augmented urban spaces: Articulating the physical and electronic city.
Aurigi A (2008) Planning challenges in the augmented city.
Aurigi A (2005) Making the digital city. Ashgate Pub Co
Aurigi A (2020) 'Designing Smart Places: towards a holistic, recombinant approach' Shaping Smart for Better Cities Rethinking and Shaping Relationships between Urban Space and Digital Technologies Academic Press , DOI Open access
Aurigi A & Odendaal N (2020) 'Introducing Shaping Smart for Better Cities' Shaping Smart for Better Cities Rethinking and Shaping Relationships between Urban Space and Digital Technologies Academic Press , DOI Open access
Aurigi A (2020) 'Designing the city as a place or product? How space is marginalised in the smart city' in Willis KS; Aurigi A The Routledge Companion to Smart Cities Routledge , DOI Open access
Odendaal N & Aurigi A (2020) 'Towards an agenda of place, local agency-based and inclusive smart urbanism' The Routledge Companion to Smart Cities Open access
Aurigi A (2017) 'Space is not a platform - foregrounding place in smart urban design' in Zammit A; Kenna T Enhancing Places Through Technologies: Proceedings from the ICiTy conference, Valletta, Malta - 18-19 April, 2016 7-18 Publisher Site
Aurigi A, willis K & Melgaco L (2016) 'From 'digital' to 'smart': upgrading the city' in Tomitsch M; Haeusler M MAB Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Media Architecture Biennale New York, USA ACM Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Aurigi A (2016) 'No need to fix: Strategic inclusivity in developing and managing the smart city' in Caldwell Amayo G; Smith C; Clift E Digital Futures and the City of Today Bristol Intellect 9-27 Open access
Yasuoka M, Ishida T & Aurigi A (2010) 'The Advancement of World Digital Cities' Handbook of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Springer US 939-958 , DOI
Aurigi A (2009) 'U-City: Keeping Space and Place in the Picture' in Lee SH Ubiquitous City: Future of City, City of Future Daejeon, Korea Hanbat National University Press
Aurigi A (2008) 'Epilogue: Towards Designing Augmented Places' in Aurigi A; Cindio FD Augmented urban spaces Ashgate Pub Co 331-350
Aurigi A & De Cindio F (2008) 'Introduction: Augmented urban spaces' 1-3
Aurigi A (2006) 'Interpretare la Citta’, Progettare la Telematica' in Montanari F Territorio dell'impresa, territorio della rete, territori digitali Firenze Aida 141-165
Aurigi A (2001) 'Spazi virtuali e sfera pubblica: verso la citta’ digitale partecipativa' in Fistola R M. E-tropolis. Funzioni, innovazioni, trasformazioni della città Napoli Giannini Editore 57-87
Aurigi A (2001) 'Spazi virtuali e sfera pubblica: verso la citta’ digitale partecipativa' in Fistola R M. E-tropolis. Funzioni, innovazioni, trasformazioni della città Napoli Giannini Editore 57-87
Aurigi A & Graham S (2000) 'Cyberspace and the City: The ‘Virtual City’ in Europe' in Bridge G; Watson S A companion to the city Wiley-Blackwell 489-502
Aurigi A & Graham S (1998) 'The ‘crisis’ in the urban public realm' in Loader B Cyberspace divide Psychology Press 57-80
Conference Papers
Willis K, Aurigi & Varley (2016) 'Linking Public Spaces and Online Networks: A Case Study of a Regional Neighbourhood' Digital Cities 8: Communities and Technologies 2013 Munich 6-/-0/20137-/-0/2013Open access
Willis K & Aurigi A (2013) 'Beyond the digital city - Remediating space at a regional scale' Media City 2013 Buffalo, NY 5-/-0/20135-/-0/2013Open access
Willis K, Corino G, Martin K & Aurigi A (2012) 'Developing a Locative Engagement Toolkit' Media Architecture Biennale 2013 Aarhuus, Denmark 1-/-1/20131-/-1/2012New York, NY, USA ACM 75-78 , DOI
Willis K & Aurigi A (2011) 'Hybrid Spaces: Presence, Rhythms and Performativity' 2011 Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Environments Nottingham 7-/-0/20117-/-0/2011IEEE 100-106 Publisher Site , DOI
Firmino R, Aurigi A & Camargo A (2006) 'Why is it so hard to integrate ICT into the Planning agenda?' CORP 2006 - Sustainable Solutions for the Information Society - 11th International Conference on Urban Planning and Spatial Development for the Information Society Vienna 2-/-0/20062-/-0/2006143-152
Aurigi A (2002) 'Dealing With the Digital City of... Which Future?' in Braz R; Furtado G Arquitectura e Sociedade da Informacao University of Porto 6-/-0/20026-/-0/2002Porto University of Porto 82-87
Other Publications
Odendaal N & Aurigi A (2017) Digital Cities 10. ACM , DOI


Reports & invited lectures


2021 invited keynote: ‘Smart 365 City Conference and Expo’, Expo365 International Fair and Events, Istanbul, Turkey (pre-recorded speech)

2016 invited/funded keynote: ‘ICiTy, Enhancing Places Through Technology’, international conference, University of Malta, Malta (EU COST Action TU1306)

2015 Opening address: Media City 5, international conference, University of Plymouth

2014 invited/funded speech: ‘Conceptualising Cyber-Urban Connections in Asia and the Middle East’, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

2013 invited/funded keynote: ‘Communication and the City’, international conference, University of Leeds and Urban Communication Foundation

2011 invited/funded speech: “Cidades Inovadoras’ (‘Innovative Cities’), international conference, Federacao das Industrias do Estado do Parana, Curitiba, Brazil

2010 Invited address (videoconference) ‘Citta’ 2.0’ (“City 2.0”), international debate within the ‘Social Media Week’, University of Milano, Milan, Italy

2009 Invited/funded keynote: ‘Open Ubiquitous Oulu Seminar’, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

2009 Invited/funded keynote: ‘i-Brussels: Urbanity and Technology’, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

2008 Invited/funded speech: ‘Future City’, international seminar, Ubiquitous City Research Cluster (Hanbat, Seoul National and other universities), Daejeon, South Korea

2007 Invited/funded keynote: ‘Digital Cities Summit, From Virtual World to Human World’, international conference, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

2005 Invited/funded keynote and conclusions, BRISE (Boosting Regional Information Society Expertise) international workshop, Municipality of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

2005 Workshop chair and keynote, ‘Digital Cities: The Augmented Public Space’, International workshop in conjunction with the Second International Conference on Communities and Technologies, University of Milano, Milan, Italy

2004 ‘La citta’ ed i sistemi territoriali nella societa’ dell’informazione’, international workshop, invited address (videoconference from Newcastle), Regione Piemonte/IRES, Turin, Italy

2003 ‘Digital Cities 3’, invited/funded keynote: international workshop within the ‘Communities and Technologies’ conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2002 ‘Architecture and the Information Society’, invited/funded keynote: Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Portugal

2001 ‘Socio-Economic Research and Geographic Information Systems: The Digital City’, invited/funded address, Euresco – European Science Foundation (ESF), Granada, Spain

1999 ‘Digitalcity’, international conference, invited address (videoconference from London), University of Parma, Parma, Italy