• How our society changed as a result of the pandemic emergency? How has it changed and how will be our cities in a Covid and post-Covid time? How will mobility, the use of public spaces, citizens’ habits, and much more, change in the face of the health crisis and its consequences?

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  • Speakers of the public conference “Society and Covid: new challenges for cities”
    ● Marco Borradori – Mayor of the City of Lugano
    ● Roberta Cattaneo – Regional Director SBB, South Region
    ● Katharina Lobinger – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, USI-Università della Svizzera italiana
    ● Federico Parolotto – Architect, senior partner and co-founder of Mobility In Chain
    ● Carlo Ratti – Director of MIT Senseable City Lab & Founder of Carlo Ratti Associates studio

    ● Andrea Arcidiacono
    ● Giada Marsadri


    Andrea Arcidiacono, Moderator
    Andrea Arcidiacono, born in Bellinzona in 1966, took root in Bern in the 1990s, where he acquired many years of experience in journalism, public relations and integrated communication. After graduating in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), he worked as a correspondent from the Federal Palace in Bern for Corriere del Ticino and Television of Southern Switzerland. His passion for the political system led him to venture into the world of institutional communication, as spokesperson for Federal Councillors Ruth Dreifuss and Pascal Couchepin at the Federal Department of Home Affairs in Bern. He specialises in the management of complex projects, such as the creation of the Communication and Media Service at the University of Lugano. From 2011 to 2016 he worked in Presence Switzerland at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as Head of Communications at the Swiss Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 and Gottardo 2016 activities program. In 2019 he created the multilingual communication and public relations agency Arcidiacono Consulting Partners, which connects Switzerland with Italy through its network of contacts in politics, business and innovation.

    Marco Borradori – Mayor of the city of Lugano
    Marco Borradori was born in Lugano in 1959, after graduating in law from the University of Zurich, obtained in 1983, he practiced the profession of lawyer for several years. In 1991 he was elected to the National Council. One year later he became Municipal of the City of Lugano. In 1995 he was elected State Councillor of Canton Ticino and until 2013 he heads the Department of Territory. In 2013 he became Mayor of the City of Lugano where he heads the Department of Institutions.

    Roberta Cattaneo – Direttrice regionale FFS, Regione Sud
    Roberta Cattaneo, has been working since 1 January 2018 as SBB Regional Director for the Southern Region and member of the Board of Directors of TILO SA. Before joining the SBB, she worked in the telecommunications sector, for the Confederation and for the Italian-speaking Swiss Radio and Television RSI. She holds an executive Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in Strategic Negotiation. He has an in-depth knowledge of public administration, electronic communications and public service in the media field.

    Katharina Lobinger – Professoressa-assistente, Facoltà di comunicazione, cultura e società, USI-Università della Svizzera italiana
    Katharina Lobinger is assistant professor for online communication at the Institute of Digital Communication Technology (ITDxC) at Usi- Università della Svizzera italiana. Her main research interests include online photography, online communication, digital (visual) culture, ethics for the digital age and creative and visual research methods. Katharina Lobinger is Vice President of the Swiss Society of Communication Sciences and Media (SSCM), President of the Visual Communication Division of the German Communication Association and member of the extended steering committee of the ECREA temporary working group “Visual Cultures”. She is a member of the editorial board of SComS – Studies in Communication Science, an international open-access journal published jointly by the Swiss Society of Communication and Media Sciences (SGKM) and the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society of USI. It is also publisher of the Handbuch Visuelle Kommunikationsforschung , published with Springer. Katharina Lobinger received her PhD in Journalism and Communication from the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna in 2010. Her thesis on research on visual communication was awarded with the PhD prize “Media-Culture-Communication”. Before working for USI she was a PhD researcher at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna (2007-2011), post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) , University of Bremen (2011-2016) and Associated Junior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (HWK) , Delmenhorst (2014-2016).

    Giada Marsadri, Moderatrice
    Giada Marsadri studied musicology in Milan and Berlin and graduated from the University of Milan. She worked for the Culture Department of CSR as editor and presenter of the show Paganini; she was also one of the voices of RSI-Rete Due. After having been artistic assistant at LuganoMusica, the music season of the LAC in Lugano, she is currently in charge of the Swiss Music Prize and music promotion at the Federal Office of Culture in Bern. Since 2014 she has been the patroness of the Locarno Film Festival, where she presents every evening on the Piazza Grande.

    Federico Parolotto – Architetto, Senior partner e co-fondatore di Mobility In Chain
    Federico Parolotto is Senior Partner at MIC – Mobility in Chain, www.michain.com, the company he co-founded in 2009. He is
    He graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Politecnico di Milano and started his career at SOM London. As a mobility consultant, Federico has worked on many important urban planning projects around the world, advising clients ranging from public bodies to major design firms to public transport operators. He was also a member of the expert committee that supported the City of Milan in drafting SUMP, the recently adopted Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. As chief transport planner, Federico Parolotto has recently been involved in several innovative projects. Federico has also been involved in numerous projects for the automotive industry focusing on the development of new vehicle technologies and their impact on cities. He directed a research project for the sixteenth Venice Biennale focused on a mobility proposal for the Italian inland areas that was part of the “Arcipelago Italia” programme. More recently, Federico coordinated a research project on the future of transport presented at the Shenzhen Biennale in 2019 on urban planning and architecture. As a speaker, he has participated in numerous international conferences and seminars held in universities and institutes around the world. His publications include an essay in the book “Ecological Urbanism” edited by Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty in 2011, and one in the book “Ecological Urban Architecture: Qualitative Approaches to Sustainability” edited by Thomas Schroepfer in 2012. He is also one of the co-authors of “City thinking – Creativity, Mobility and Urban Quality” published by Quodlibet in 2015. Finally, between 2014 and 2019, together with Andrea Boschetti, he jointly directed the section of the magazine TheCityPlan dedicated to a survey on the shape of the city through GIS Analysis. Since 2016 he has been visiting professor at the IAAC Institute of Advance Architecture of Catalunya in Barcelona. Since 2020 he has been a member of the scientific committee of the CNAPPC of the Order of Italian Architects.

    Carlo Ratti – Direttore MIT Senseable City Lab & Fondatore studio Carlo Ratti Associati
    Architect and engineer, Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is founder of the Carlo Ratti Associati design and innovation studio. A graduate of the Polytechnic of Turin and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, he holds a Masters in Philosophy and a PhD in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, England. Protagonist of the international debate on the influence of new technologies in the U.S. field, Carlo Ratti is author of more than 500 publications, including the essay The City of Tomorrow (Einaudi, 2017, written with Matthew Claudel), and owner of numerous technical patents. His articles or interviews have appeared in the most important newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Project Syndicate, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, Domus. His works have been exhibited by cultural institutions including the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum in Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and MAXXI in Rome. Esquire magazine has included him among the “Best & Brightest”, Forbes among the “Names You Need to Know” and Wired in the list of “50 people who will change the world”. Fast Company named him among the “50 most influential designers in America” and Thames & Hudson among the “60 innovators shaping our creative future”. Three of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion, the Copenhagen Wheel and Scribit – have been included in Time magazine’s list of “Best Inventions of the Year” (2007, 2014 and 2019). Carlo was a speaker at TED in 2011 and 2015, curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, educational director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, and was appointed Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland government. During Expo Milano 2015 he curated the Future Food District pavilion. He was co-curator of the “Eyes of the City” section of the UABB Architecture and Urban Planning Biennial in Shenzhen.  Member of the Italian Design Council, he is co-chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Future Coun-cil on City and Urbanisation. Between 2015 and 2018, Carlo was special advisor to the European Commission on Digital and Smart Cities.

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