PROF. DAVIDE PONZINI

Department of Architecture and Planning
Politecnico di Milano, Via Bonardi 3, 20133 Milan, Italy
Tel. +39 2 23995427
Fax +39 2 23995435
E-mail: davide.ponzini@polimi.it
Davide Ponzini received his PhD (cum laude) in Urban Planning from Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently Assistant Professor of Urban Planning. His research activity focuses on planning theory, policy tool analysis, urban and cultural policy, heritage preservation, spectacularization of contemporary architecture and the urban environment.
In 2004 he was Research Affiliate at Yale University, in 2006 International Fellow in Urban Studies at Johns Hopkins University, in 2008 Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and in 2010 Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po, Paris.
He has been recipient of several scholarships and research grants, issued by Universities, Foundations and Public Institutions (Compagnia di San Paolo, Agnelli Foundation and UniCredit Private Banking, European Cultural Foundation and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and others).
His research work has been be published in international scientific journals (Urban Studies, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Cities, European Planning Studies, International Journal of Heritage Studies and others) and in edited books, and it has been presented in international congresses, lectures and seminars.
Author of the book: Il territorio dei beni culturali, Carocci, Rome; editor (with Mattias Legnèr) of the book Cultural Quarters and Urban Transformation, Gotlandica Forlag, Visby; and coauthor (with Pier Carlo Palermo) of the book  Spatial Planning and Urban Development: Critical Perspectives, Springer, Dordrecht, London and New York; and of the book (with Michele Nastasi) Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities, Allemandi, Turin.
EDUCATION
2006 PhD (cum laude) in Urban Planning at Politecnico di Milano
2002 BSc Degree, Urban Planning at Politecnico di Milano.
2005 BA in Music at Conservatory G. Verdi of Milan
ACADEMIC POSITION, SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESEARCH AWARDS
2008-current -Assistant Professor in Urban Planning (Ricercatore) at the Department of Architecture and Planning of Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
2010 -Visiting Researcher at SciencesPo, Centre d’études européennes, Paris, France (Spring).
2009 -Winner of the Cultural Policy Research Award 2009, financed by the European Cultural Foundation, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, in partnership with ENCATC, for the research project: Governing urban diversity? A policy tool comparison of five European capitals.
2008 -Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York, NY, USA (Fall).
-Winner of the UniCredit Private Banking and Agnelli Foundation international Research Scholarship for the project: Artsytecture. If contemporary architecture is art, then cities are collectors, linking global competition and local common goods.
2007-2008 -Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Planning at the Department of Architecture and Planning of Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
2006-2007 -Winner of a Research Grant sponsored by the Milan City Government for the research project: Are Culture and the Arts Development Factors? How to Transform Current Paradoxes into Effective Local Development Policies for Milan.
2006 -International Fellow in Urban Studies at Johns Hopkins University (Institute for Policy Studies), Baltimore, MD, USA (two semesters).
2005-2006 -Winner of the “New Urban Research Fellowship” Grant, funded by Compagnia di San Paolo for the research project: Culture Regenerating Cities. Urban Effects of Public-Private Partnerships on Cultural Heritage and Activities.
2004-2005 -Research Affiliate at Yale University (Center for Cultural Sociology), New Haven, CT, USA.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
-Ponzini D. (2012), “Competing Cities and Spectacularizing Urban Landscapes” in Anheier H. K., Isar Y. R. , Hoelscher M. (eds) Cities, Cultural Policy and Governance. Cultures and Globalization Series, Vol. 5, Sage, London, pp. 99-110.
-Ponzini D. Nastasi M. (2011), Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities, Allemandi, Turin
-Ponzini D. (2011), “Large scale development projects and star architecture in the absence of democratic politics: The case of Abu Dhabi, UAE”, Cities, Vol. 28 no. 3, pp. 251-259.
-Codecasa G., Ponzini D. (2011) “Public Private Partnership: A Delusion for Urban Regeneration? Evidence from Italy”, European Planning Studies, Vol. 19 no. 4, pp. 647 – 667.
-Ponzini D. (2011), “The Guggenheim Effect and the Roles of Star Architecture in Contemporary Cities”, invited paper, Finnish Journal of Urban Studies – Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu , Vol. 49 no. 4, pp.60-75.
-Ponzini D. Ruoppila S. (2011), “What’s the “city” in the design and implementation of the European Capital of Culture? An open issue”, Tafter Journal, Dicembre 2011, pp. 1-8.
-Palermo P. C, Ponzini D. (2010), Spatial Planning and Urban Development. Critical Perspectives, Springer, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London and New York.
-Ponzini D., Rossi U. (2010), “Becoming a Creative City: The Entrepreneurial Mayor, Network Politics, and the Promises of an Urban Renaissance”, Urban Studies, Vol. 47 no. 5, pp. 1037-1057.
-Ponzini D. (2010), “The Process of Privatization of Cultural Heritage and the Arts in Italy. Analysis and Perspectives”, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 16 no. 6, pp. 508–521.
-Ponzini D. (2010), “Cultural policy making in the face of urban regeneration: The case of the Northern Milanese subregion” in Cultural Policy and Management Yearbook 2010, Istanbul, Istanbul Bilgi University Press, pp.79-88.
-Ponzini, D. (2010), “Bilbao effects and narrative defects. A critical re-appraisal of an urban narrative”, Cahiers de recherche du Programme Villes & Territoires, Paris, Sciences Po, pp.1-15.
-Legner M., Ponzini D. (2009) (eds), Cultural Quarters and Urban Transformation: International Perspectives, Gotlandica Forlag, Visby.
-Ponzini D. (2009), “Urban Implications of Cultural Policy Networks. The Case of the Mount Vernon Cultural District in Baltimore”, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol 27, no.3, pp. 433 – 450.
-Ponzini D. (2008), Il territorio dei beni culturali. Interpretazioni strategiche del processo di privatizzazione dei beni e delle attività culturali in Italia, Carocci, Rome, pp. 1-191 (Strategic Interpretation of the Process of Privatization of Cultural Heritage and the Arts in Italy).
-Ponzini D. (2008), “New Italian Perspectives on Urban Planning: A Policy Tool Approach”, Planum, December 2008, pp. 1-31
-Ponzini D. (2008), “La valorizzazione degli immobili statali come opportunità di sviluppo territoriale”, Urbanistica, Vol. 136, pp.87-94 (“State-owned reale estate appreciation as an opportuity for local development”).
-Ponzini D. (2008), “Luoghi culturali nelle trasformazioni urbane: Dispositivi pubblico-privati di programmazione”, Archivio di Studi Urbani e Regionali, Vol 91, January-April 2008, pp. 65-78, (“Cultural places in urban regeneration: public-private partnerships in policymaking”).
SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES
-Ponzini D. (2012), “Spatial Planning and Urban Design: Standing astride Theory and Practice”, PhD Lecture, European Module in Spatial Development Planning, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, March 19, 2012
-Ponzini D. (2012), “Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities”, invited lecture, American University of Paris (Urban Studies Program, Mellon AUP/NSSR Global Cities Program), March 12, 2012
-Ponzini D. (2012) , “Architectural Preservation and Planning in World Heritage Cities”, International Workshop of the CSS Ebla, Turin, January 24-25, 2012
-Ponzini D. (2011), “Guggenheim Effect and the Roles of Star Architecture in Contemporary Cities”, invited lecture Finnish Society of Housing and Planning and Finnish Journal of Urban Studies, Helsinki, October 12, 2011
-Ponzini D. (2011), “Starchitecture and Its Contexts. Cultural and Urban Dimensions of the Spectacularization of Contemporary Architecture” Symposium Making Places: Architectural Design and Cities, Geographies of Globalization (AISSR), Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) and the Netherlands Architecture Institute(NAI), Amsterdam and Rotterdam, September 14-15, 2011
-Ponzini D. (2011), “Creative Policies and the City: Considerations Drawing on Baltimore, MD”, SUSP program at Università degli Studi di Milano, December 2011.
-Ponzini D. (2011), “Museums and urban policy: Three public rhetoric and planning experiences in Europe and the USA”, Seminar of the PhD Program in Museology and Design Disciplines, IUAV, Venice May 12th, 2011
-Ponzini D. (2011), “The circulation of spatial planning tools in Europe: Theoretical framework and research questions”, Annual Congress of EURA (European Urban Research Association), Copenhagen, June 2011.
-Ponzini D. (2010), “Governing Urban Diversity? Policy Tool Comparison and CPResearch in Progress”, invited speech, Young Cultural Policy Researcher Forum, Brussels, October 2010.
-Ponzini D. (2010), “Planning Theory and Urban Policy Tools: Challenges and Possible Advancements”, Annual Congress of the AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning), Helsinki, July 2010.
-Ponzini D. (2010),  “Spectacularization of contemporary architecture and the urban landscape in competing global cities”, 7th Urban and Landscape Days, Estonian Academy of Arts,Tallin, September 2010.
-Ponzini D. (2010), “Localized commons in competing global cities: spectacularization of contemporary architecture and the urban landscape”, First International Workshop on Cultural Commons, Silvia Santagata Research Centre – Ebla, Turin, January 2010.
-Ponzini D. (2009) “Territorialization of Cultural Heritage Policy in Italy: Trends and Tools”, Symposium of the French Observatory of Cultural Policies “Culture, territories and society in Europe. What is at stake in redefining cultural policies?”, Grenoble, May 2009.
-Ponzini D. (2008), “The Process of Privatization of Cultural Heritage and the Arts in Italy. Analysis and Perspectives”, invited lecture at Gotland University, Visby Sweden, September 2008.
-Ponzini D. (2008),, “Artsytecture. If contemporary architecture is art, then cities are collectors. Linking global competition and local common goods”, Lectures in Planning Series, Columbia University, New York City, USA, September 2008.
-Ponzini D. (2008),, “If contemporary architecture is art, then cities are collectors. Linking global competition and local common goods”, Brown Bag Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, September 2008.
-Ponzini D. (2008),, “Urban Implications of Cultural Policy Networks” ACSP-AESOP Joint Congress (Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning-Association of European Schools of Planning), Chicago, USA, July 2008.
-Ponzini D. (2008), “New Italian Perspectives on Urban Planning: A Policy Tool Approach” invited lecture at the PhD Course in Urban Planning and Public Policy, IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia), Venice, July 2008.
-Ponzini D. (2007), “Public Policies for Cultural Heritage in Historic Centers. An Italian Perspective”,in the seminar Living the Environment. City and Territory between Growth and Sustainability, organized by the Ministry of Culture of Vietnam, the Italian Embassy in Hanoi and by the University of Architecture of Hanoi, Hanoi Vietnam, May 2007.
-Ponzini D. (2006), “Culture Regenerating Cities. Urban Implications of Cultural Policies in the US”, Brown Bag Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD USA, December 2006.
-Ponzini D. (2005), “Rapporti pubblico-privati e beni culturali: una prospettiva territoriale” (“Public-private relations and cultural heritage: a territorial perspective”), Invited lecture at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa April 2005.
-Ponzini D. (2004), “Cultural Policy as… A Metaphorical Toolkit for the Privatization of Italian Cultural Heritage and Activities”, Workshop in Cultural Sociology and Civil Society, Yale University, New Haven CT USA, November 2004.
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