Professor Alessandro Aurigi

Professor Alessandro Aurigi

Professor of Urban Design, Associate Dean for Research and Internationalisation

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


I am Associate Dean for Research and Internationalisation for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. As ADR I oversee the development and implementation of the Faculty Research Strategy as well as REF strategy and preparation, This is carried our through a network of Associate Heads of School and REF UoA coordinators. As ADI I oversee the Internationalisation work ongoing in the Faculty and coordinate a network of Associate Heads of School.
I am Professor of Urban Design within the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and teach in the Master of Architecture studio.
Still at Plymouth, I was previously Head of the School of Architecture, Design and Environment (2009-2016)
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)
I have a PhD in Urban Planning from Newcastle University
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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)

Research groups

  • Architecture, Design and Environment
  • Digital Neighbourhoods
  • i-DAT (Institute of Digital Art & Technology)

Key publications are highlighted

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, 188-203 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
Willis K & Aurigi A 2017 Digital and Smart Cities. Routledge Publisher Site PEARL
Aurigi A & Cindio FD 2008 Augmented urban spaces. Ashgate Pub Co
Aurigi A 2008 Augmented spaces.
Aurigi A & De Cindio F 2008 Augmented urban spaces: Articulating the physical and electronic city.
Aurigi A & De Cindio F 2008 Introduction: Augmented urban spaces.
Aurigi A 2008 Planning challenges in the augmented city.
Aurigi A 2005 Making the digital city. Ashgate Pub Co
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 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
Odendaal N & Aurigi A 2017 'Digital Cities 10' the 8th International Conference 26/06/2017 30/06/2017 ACM Press , DOI
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 29/06/2013 03/07/2013 PEARL
Willis K & Aurigi A 2013 'Beyond the digital city - Remediating space at a regional scale' Media City 2013 Buffalo, NY 03/05/2013 05/05/2013 PEARL
Willis K, Corino G, Martin K & Aurigi A 2012 'Developing a Locative Engagement Toolkit' Media Architecture Biennale 2013 Aarhuus, Denmark 15/11/2013 17/11/2012 New 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 25/07/2011 28/07/2011 IEEE 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 13/02/2006 16/02/2006 143-152
Aurigi A 2002 'Dealing With the Digital City of... Which Future?' Braz R; Furtado G Arquitectura e Sociedade da Informacao University of Porto 20/06/2002 21/06/2002 Porto University of Porto 82-87