Federico Cugurullo

Federico Cugurullo
Trinity College Dublin | TCD · Department of Geography

PhD

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Introduction
Federico Cugurullo is Assistant Professor in Smart and Sustainable Urbanism at Trinity College Dublin. His research is positioned at the intersection of urban geography, political philosophy and experimental urbanism, and explores how ideas of sustainability are cultivated and implemented across geographical spaces, with a focus on projects for smart and eco-cities. He is currently researching how artificial intelligence is impacting on urban governance and planning.
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - present
Trinity College Dublin
Position
  • Assistant Professor in Smart and Sustainable Urbanism
January 2014 - August 2016
The University of Manchester
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2013 - September 2013
King's College London
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  • Lecturer

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Publications (28)
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Fuelled by an increasing diffusion of “green-consciousness” in urban politics, the eco-city has recently gained momentum. In the last decade, several governments from different areas of the world have approved plans for the construction of new master-planned urban developments aiming to find a balance with nature. The eco-city phenomenon is inscrib...
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The development of projects for new eco-cities is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon. Alleged eco-cities are being built across a variety of spaces via processes of urbanisation triggering substantial environmental, social and economic impacts. This article investigates how new eco-city projects interpret and practice urban sustainability by focu...
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In recent years, the world has seen the emergence of a number of urban projects which, under the banner of experimentation, have promoted alternative models of city-making capable, in theory, of creating sustainable built environments. Among these supposedly experimental models, the smart city and the eco-city stand out in terms of geographical dif...
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The era of the smart city has arrived. Only a decade ago, the promise of optimising urban services through the widespread application of information and communication technologies was largely a techno-utopian fantasy. Today, smart urbanisation is occurring via urban projects, policies and visions in hundreds of cities around the globe. Inside Smar...
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Consequential historical decisions that shaped transportation systems and their influence on society have many valuable lessons. The decisions we learn from and choose to make going forward will play a key role in shaping the mobility landscape of the future. This is especially pertinent as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent in the...
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The urban environment is increasingly engaging with artificial intelligence, a focus on the automation of urban processes, whether it be singular artefacts or city-wide systems. The impact of such technological innovation on the social dynamics of the urban environment is an ever changing and multi-faceted field of research. In this paper, the spac...
Technical Report
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This report has been written within the framework of COST Action CA16222: Wider Impact and Scenario Evaluation of Autonomous and Connected Transport (WISE-ACT), which has been co-funded by the European Commission H2020program. The ‘action’ encompassed five working groups, each addressing different issues and themes related to autonomous and connect...
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This book tells the story of visionary urban experiments, shedding light on the theories that preceded their development and on the monsters that followed and might be the end of our cities. The narrative is threefold and delves first into the eco-city, second the smart city and third the autonomous city intended as a place where existing smart tec...
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Creating sustainable urban futures partly requires reducing car-use and transport induced stresses on the environment and society. New transport technologies such as autonomous vehicles are increasingly assuming prominence in debates about the transition toward sustainable urban futures. Yet, enormous uncertainties currently exist on how autonomous...
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The popularity and application of artificial intelligence (AI) are increasing rapidly all around the world-where, in simple terms, AI is a technology which mimics the behaviors commonly associated with human intelligence. Today, various AI applications are being used in areas ranging from marketing to banking and finance, from agriculture to health...
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This chapter presents readers with an opportunity to engage with the concept of uncertainty through the lens of cities and urbanism. Operating within an environment of profound uncertainty relating to the future of humanity, contemporary cities present divergent narratives of hope and despair. They are chronically underfunded and over-burdened, hom...
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Technological innovation is constantly reshaping the materiality and mechanics of smart-city initiatives. Recently, innovation in artificial intelligence (AI) in the shape of self-driving cars, robots and city brains, has been pushing the so-called smart city to morph into an autonomous urban creature which is largely unknown. In this emerging stra...
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Autonomous cars controlled by an artificial intelligence are increasingly being integrated in the transport portfolio of cities, with strong repercussions for the design and sustainability of the built environment. This paper sheds light on the urban transition to autonomous transport, in a threefold manner. First, we advance a theoretical framewor...
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Mobility-on-demand systems consisting of shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) are expected to improve the efficiency of urban mobility through reduced vehicle ownership and parking demand. However, several issues in their implementation remain open, such as unifying the vehicle and ride-sharing assignment with rebalancing non-occupied vehicles. Furthe...
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This chapter explores the notion and practice of the smart city, with a geographical focus on Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Smart-city projects are understood and discussed as the products of overarching political economies whose objectives are pursued through a fast-track urbanisation. The case of Abu Dhabi shows that sm...
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This chapter unpacks the imaginary of the smart city, taking the reader on a journey which, across time and space, explores the intellectual foundations of the key ideas, images and visions underpinning the theory and practice of smart urbanism. Starting from Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis, the chapter examines the origins of the synergy between tech...
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Poster presentation for the on-going research project "Surpass: how shared autonomous cars will transform cities". Presented at the launch of ENABLE- a new research programme in Ireland which aims to connect communities with smart urban environments through the Internet of Things
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Critical contributions in urban and geographical studies have repeatedly showed how the cultivation and implementation of ideals of urban sustainability is a phenomenon sensitive to local contexts. Although the development of sustainable cities is culturally and economically influenced by globalization, the place where sustainability-focused urban...
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‘Speed kills’ is the conclusion Cugurullo draws in Chapter 4. Exploring ‘fast regulation’ in the Emirates, he argues that the desire to speed up the making of the new eco-city of Masdar in the UAE made the ‘core principles of sustainability’ subservient to the need to generate new business investment in the region. Thus speed came at a price and th...
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This book chapter is an early version of Cugurullo 2018. Although similar in nature, this chapter explores aspects of experimental urbanism, such as the decomposition of the urban fabric of eco-city projects, which are not discussed in its later incarnation in Environment and Planning A.
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Over the last couple of decades, global urban politics has experienced the increasing emergence of ambitious megaprojects aiming to create sustainable cities capable of facing severe ecological and economic crises. This essay argues that the genesis of eco-cities is grounded in a strong wave of utopianism that can have potential negative socioecolo...

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##Papers will be published after review for this special issue in Cities, the International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning## This special issue seeks to bring together a collection of critical perspectives on the social and spatial implications of the diffusion of autonomous vehicles in cities. In particular, the special issue will seek to publish contributions that stimulate debates and improve our understanding of how urban planning and policy can respond to this potentially disruptive technology as it intersects with cities. The contributions can be empirical, theoretical and methodological. Topics can include (but are not limited to): • autonomous mobility and urban spatial structure • affordability, equity and inclusivity implications of autonomous mobility • accessibility implications of autonomous vehicles for motorized travel • accessibility implications of autonomous driving for different age groups including children, young adults, people in old age, and for individuals with disabilities and the urban poor • implications of autonomous driving for vulnerable road users, including cyclists and pedestrians • implications of autonomous mobility for mass transit in cities • possible travel behaviour changes around driverless vehicles • governance of autonomous mobility transitions • the nexus between autonomous mobility and public health • gender dimensions of autonomous mobility • infrastructure investment implications of autonomous vehicles • implications of autonomous driving for existing built-environments and the design and development of new towns • privacy and security concerns around autonomous vehicles • the nexus among autonomous vehicles, emerging mobility concepts (e.g. shared-mobility, mobility-as-a-service) and urban sustainability • autonomous mobility transitions and employment in the city • urban planning implications of automation in freight movement in the logistics sector. Abstract submissions Interested authors are invited to submit an abstract (maximum 400 words), describing the rationale, methods, data and expected results of their papers. Please include a short biography and full contact information for each author. Send your abstract and bios in a single document to Ransford Acheampong (ransfordantwi.acheampong@manchester.ac.uk) by July 31, 2019. Authors will be notified of the outcome by September 13, 2019. Full papers will be due on February 29, 2020.
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The goal of the project is to examine and quantify the impacts that shared autonomous vehicles will have on urban living and urban spatial structure, and their sustainability implications. Follow links for more information: http://research.ie/what-we-do/loveirishresearch/blog/autonomous-cars-are-driving-fast-towards-us/ Future Cities: The Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. https://www.tcd.ie/futurecities/