#mycityoftomorrow. A think tank on cities and territories of tomorrow


  • Francesco Alberti University of Florence
  • Stefania Cupillari Urban LIFE
  • Eleonora Giannini University of Florence
  • Sara Naldoni Urban LIFE
  • Lorenzo Nofroni University of Florence




covid-19, public space, digital society, global change, urban resilience


The pandemic of Covid-19 represents a chance to rethink the equilibrium of our territories and cities. The sudden revision of rules of social coexistence, the temporary suspension of activities, the modification of everyday gestures, physical public spaces replaced by digital spaces, are only some of the phenomena which happened simultaneously in 2020 due to the pandemic. From the will to reflect in a collective way on the implications of the health emergency on our ways of living, and from the project will to use the crisis as an experimentation field of new practices of sharing and elaboration of future urban scenarios, the campaign #MyCityofTomorrow of the spin-off Urban LIFE (University of Florence) was designed as an online platform of open dialogue on the topics which inform urban design and planning, in its broader sense, a discussion table to orient the restarts towards a more sustainable future.


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Author Biographies

Francesco Alberti, University of Florence

Associate Professor of Urban Design and Territorial Planning, he is a co-Founder and Scientific Advisor of Urban LIFE. President of the Tuscany division of INU, since 2017 he is a Member of the National Network for the Green Economy – Architecture Working Group.
E-mail: francesco.alberti@unifi.it

Stefania Cupillari, Urban LIFE

Co-Founder of Urban LIFE, she is specialised in lighting design and since 2015 is interested in designing with light exploring relations between man and space.
E-mail: stefania.cupillari@urbanlife.city

Eleonora Giannini, University of Florence

PhD Candidate and co-Founder of Urban LIFE, she is specialised in the topics of public space design and social policies.
E-mail: eleonora.giannini@unifi.it

Sara Naldoni, Urban LIFE

Co-Founder of Urban LIFE, she is specialised in projects and strategies for smart cities development, digital innovation.
E-mail: sara.naldoni@urbanlife.city

Lorenzo Nofroni, University of Florence

PhD and co-Founder of Urban LIFE, he is specialised in landscape architecture, urban planning and design of open space.
E-mail: lorenzo.nofroni@unifi.it


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The word-cloud of the first phase of #MCoT campaign (credit: Urban LIFE, 2020). AGATHÓN 08 | 2020




How to Cite

Alberti, F., Cupillari, S., Giannini, E., Naldoni, S. and Nofroni, L. (2020) “#mycityoftomorrow. A think tank on cities and territories of tomorrow”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 8(online), pp. 168–179. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/8162020.