Final Conference 2021

14:00 - 15:30 Projects Presentation

Presentation of the projects developed in the Co-working LAB

15:30 - 16:30 Award Ceremony - Discussant

Michele Casciu is an Architect graduated at the Department of Architectural Design of the University of Florence, with a thesis on the recovery of the historic district of Stampace in Cagliari.  He began his professional activity in Florence, supported by experiences in scenography and graphics. Since 1997, he has been a partner of the Cascìu Associates studio and in 2009 he founded the AMC Associates studio active in planning for public and private sectors. The studio deals with the relationship between programming, planning and architecture, mainly in the public sector, and participates in design competitions, obtaining numerous prizes. Since 2018, Michele Casciu is a founding member of the cooperative OFFICINEdiciotto. After a first experience as a Treasurer Advisor, he is currently President of the Order of Architects of the Metropolitan City of Cagliari and the province of Southern Sardinia for the four-year period 2021-2025.

Teresa De Montis is graduated in Architecture with specialization in Conservation of Historical and Architectural Heritage at the University of Florence. She attended the course in “Landscape Architecture” at the Polytechnic of Milan thanks to the scholarship of the Sardinia Region. In 1999, she founded the dmc professional studio atelier in Cagliari, that mainly deals with green spaces, restoration and architectural renovation. In 2016, 2018, 2020 she was selected by the specialized magazine Paysage among the Italian garden designers and her projects included in the monographic publications “Giardini Italiani”. She was President of the Order of Architects of the Metropolitan City of Cagliari and of the province of South Sardinia. She is currently President of the Regional Federation of Architectural Orders PPC Sardinia.


Lorenzo Grussu in an Architect, owner of the studio lorenzo grussu architecture + landscape. In his professional activity as a freelancer, he pays particular attention to strategic issues related to urban regeneration and the landscape. In 2014, he obtained the II Level Master “Designing the Smart City” at the University of Florence (DIDA) developing high skills related to strategic processes for new smart cities, with a thesis entitled “Towards Cagliari Smart City.  Co-design models and practices for planning the Metropolitan City ”. In the same year, he coordinates the METROpolis_LAB, a laboratory of urban regeneration and social inclusion for the Municipality of Cagliari, on the occasion of the “Smart Cityness” Festival, subsequently covering the role of local referent of the National Smart City Observatory of ANCI. He currently holds the position of Treasurer at the Council of the Order of Architects of the Metropolitan City of Cagliari and the Province of South Sardinia.

Alessandra Milesi, graduated in Civil Construction Engineering, obtained a PhD in Construction Engineering at the University of Cagliari on the theme of the multi-ethnic city. She is an expert in territorial planning and governance, she carries out professional activities as a freelancer and research activities in collaboration with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architecture Engineering of the University of Cagliari. The main research topics are related to territorial planning and strategy and to urban and environmental sustainability.

Graduated in Engineering at the University of Cagliari (1996), Specialization course in “Urban Planning, Environment and Territory” at the University of Cagliari, Master in Economics and Institutions (2001) at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, PhD in Urban Planning Technique at the Sapienza University of Rome (2002), Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Sannio (2002-2004) and at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (2005-2006), coordinator of the observatory Smart Cities – Società Geografica Italiana e Roma Capitale (2013-2014), Aggregate Professor of Economic Policy (SECS-P02) at the University of Cagliari (since 2007). He is currently Research Fellow at the Tor Vergata Economics Foundation (since 2012), Research Fellow – CIREM at the University of Cagliari (since 2018), Research Fellow at the Digital Transformation Institute (since 2018), Aggregate Professor of Economic Geography (MGGR-02) at the University of Cagliari (since 2019) and eligible (since 2014) to the role of Associate Professor of Economic Geography (MGGR-02).

16:30 - 18:00 Keynote

Maria Buhigas is an architect and urban planner. She is the founder of Urban Facts, an interdisciplinary platform that develops projects focused on spatial strategy development and urban planning with a focus on the economic and social issues related to cities and metropolitan areas. Prior to that she worked at Barcelona Regional from 1999 to 2013, where she was Director of Urban Strategy from 2008. She has participated in numerous international forums and worked with diverse local and regional governments in addition to collaborating with agencies such as the World Bank and UN-Habitat. She holds an architecture degree from the ETSAB-UPC and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and she is currently an associated professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

20 years of experience in Latin America managing social development programmes and policies in the framework of the 2030 Millennium Agenda, poverty reduction and development planning. From international organisations, corporate foundations and organisations with national and local governments. 12 years with the United Nations (UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNFPA, UN-Habitat) in Colombia, Ecuador and Central America as focal point for poverty reduction, advisor and coordinator of the poverty area.
Social research on the impact of social and human rights programmes. Recognised expertise in promoting gender equity and interculturality as an approach in development design and management. Public-private partnerships for building social assets. Several publications on education, development with a gender and multicultural approach. Founder of the Global Compact in Guatemala. Currently director of corporate foundations at Fundación Grupo Energía and Fundación Siemens.

18:00 - 20:00 Roundtable

Sergio Nuvoli. Professional journalist, currently in charge of the Institutional Communication and Teaching Sector, with social web management, press office and web editing of the University of Cagliari, and is the university’s social media manager. Graduated in Law with a thesis on the adoptability of frozen embryos, he obtained a Master’s in Journalism and Institutional Communication of Science at the University of Ferrara, and a Master’s in Ethical Economics and Finance for Development and Cooperation at the University of Cagliari. Since 2019 he has been a member of the Regional Communications Committee (CORECOM) of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia. He is national vice president and regional president of the GUS, the Press Offices Group of the National Federation of the Italian Press, the journalists’ union.

Emiliano Deiana is the President of Anci (National Association of Italian Municipalities) for the Sardinia Region and Mayor of the municipality of Bortigiadas (OT), where he also held the role of vice mayor and councilor. He was President of the GAL (Gallura / Alta Gallura local action group), Councilor of the Sardinia Forestry Authority and President of the Union of Municipalities Alta Gallura.  Deiana is the author of the book “Bar sport democratico. Racconti satirici su personaggi, fenomeni, vizi e riti del Partito democratico”(“Democratic sport bar. Satirical stories about characters, phenomena, vices and rituals of the Democratic Party”), published by Ethos Edition (2012), and of the recent novel “La morte si nasconde negli orologi” (“Death is hidden in clocks”) published by Maxottantotto publishing house.


Lecturer of internet studies in Sapienza, where he has been teaching since 2003. He currently collaborates with UN Habitat coordinating the BERT project “Beyond Emergency Response Team”, to develop scenarios of use of digital technologies in respect of human rights for the management of post-crisis related to COVID-19. In 2012 he founded Tech Economy, today Tech Economy 2030: the first Italian digital magazine dedicated to the theme of Digital Sustainability. In 2015 he founded the Digital Transformation Institute, a research institute of which he is still President. He has defined the sustainable development strategies oriented to Industry 4.0 for the major federations of Italian companies. Journalist, he has several essays on digital technology in its impact on economy and society. He is part of numerous institutional working groups at national and international level. His latest book is “Digital Sustainability: why sustainability cannot do without digital transformation”.

Fabrizio Pilo is Full Professor of Power Systems at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE) of the University of Cagliari. He is the Head of the Department and Member of the Academic Senate. He has been Head of DIEE from 2006 to 2012; Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2012 to 2015; Director of the PhD School in Industrial Engineering from 2012 to 2014. He graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cagliari in 1992 (magna cum laude). In 1998 he earned the PhD from the University of Pisa. Prof. Pilo is author of more than 170 papers published in international journals or presented in national and international conferences. Fabrizio Pilo has 25 years of experience in power distribution planning and development. He has been a researcher and project leader in national and international research projects; he worked as a consultant for CESI, ENEL, RSE, CNR and the Italian and Sardinian Government. As a consultant for the Italian Regulatory Agency, he contributed to the selection of the Italian Smart Grid pilot projects and the definition of the Target Capacities for the transmission system. He is one of the Chairmen of CIRED (Chairman of Session 5, Distribution System Development); Convener of several CIGRE WGs; Operating Agent (Chairman) of ISGAN Annex 3 on Cost-benefit Analysis for Smart Grid; member of the board of the Italian Association for Electric Energy (AEE). As Chairman of the CEI Technical Committee 316, he is contributing to develop the Italian standards for the connection to high, medium and low voltage networks of passive and active customers. He has been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member and CIGRE Distinguished Member. He is a registered professional engineer.

Forty-six years old, with a degree in Political Science, behind him work experience in the public and private sectors and the position of regional councilor. Paolo Truzzu was elected new mayor of Cagliari at the Administrative Elections of June 16, 2019 in the first round. He has a degree in Political Science and two masters, in Economic Development for the Tertiary sector and in Administration and Territory for Public Administration Professionals. For ten years he has worked in the private sector in the Energy, Telecommunications and IT sectors. In the public sector, he worked in the Procurement and Contracts Service of the Municipality of Cagliari and at the Department of Industry of the Sardinia Region.


Scientific Director of the School
Luigi Mundula

Organizational Coordination
Mara Ladu
Alessandro Sebastiano Carrus