City Space Architecture hit Australia!

July 31, 2018
By City Space Architecture

Skyline of Brisbane from the terrace of the building hosting the Faculty of Creative Industries, Kelvin Grove Campus of the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Picture by Luisa Bravo.

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Our President Luisa Bravo had a fantastic experience in Australia as Endeavour Executive Fellow, a prestigious award fully funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training, hosted at the Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Design. This award was a highly competitive recognition of her efforts in promoting public space culture and curating proejcts and activities at City Space Architecture. From the beginning of March to the end of June she lived and worked in Brisbane and also travelled to Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns. She was invited to give lectures by major institutions such as Queensland University of Technology, University of Sydney, RMIT University, James Cook University and Planning Institute of Australia, Urban Synergies Group, Compass Housing. She attended meetings, workshops and events and received a warm welcome from Australian institutions, professionals and scholars. She also enjoyed the Australian beautiful nature and wildlife at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the endless beaches and astonishing sunsets in Queensland and New South Wales, such as Noosa Heads and Byron Bay.
Australia is promoting transdisciplinary innovation in architecture and urban design, so it is a fertile ground for cutting-edge research addressing complexity and creative experimentation. In this context, our global campaign 'Stand up for Public Space!', that we launched at the Habitat III conference in Quito in 2016, was received with great interest. 

Here is the full list of events our President Luisa Bravo attended as speaker:

- May 4 in Sydney, invited speaker at the symposium 'New Urban Agenda: Partnering for a resilient, inclusive, sustainable New South Wales' promoted by Compass Housing and NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. She was a panelist in the discussion 'The Future City', moderated by Tim Williams, ARUP Australasia Cities Leader. Special thank to Greg Budworth and Prof. David Adamson;
- May 21 in Brisbane, guest lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, Design Lab for the lecture 'City Space Architecture and The Journal of Public Space'. Special thank to Prof. Terry Flew;
- May 29 in Canberra, guest speaker at University of Canberra, Health Research Institute and at the Urban Talk #6 'Social entrepreneurship in public space for a healthier urban future' promoted by Urban Synergies Group in collaboration with Planning Institute of Australia and coordinated by Gregor Mews. City Space Architecture was a proud supporter of this event;
- May 30, guest speaker at University of Sydney, School of Architecture, Planning and Design for the seminar 'Design @ Dusk | VIVID Edition', invited by Dr Luke Hespanhol;
- June 8 in Cairns, group facilitator at the Urban Thinkers Campus 'Urban livability in tropical Australia through urban diaries and community engagement' promoted by James Cook University, an initiative of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign coordinated by Dr Silvia Tavares and David Sellars. The event counted on the participation of Mr Charles R. Wolfe through an awarded Fulbright Specialist Program grant by the United States government. City Space Architecture was a proud supporter of this event;
- June 19 in Melbourne, invited speaker at RMIT University - School of Art, at the CAST (Contemporary Art and Social Transformation) OUT LOUD seminar 'Re-Imagining Cityscapes as Mindscapes: perspectives from Italy and Australia' organized by Dr Maggie McCormick and introduced by Prof. Daniel Palmer. She presented City Space Architecture's art-projects on public space, 'Pop-up City. Searching for instant urbanity' and 'Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City'. She also launched the new issue of The Journal of Public Space, Vol. 3, n. 1, published in April, which includes a full report of City Space Architecture's activities at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

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City Space Architecture meets QUT in Brisbane

March 26, 2018
By City Space Architecture

QUT Gardens Point Campus

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We are extremely glad to announce that our President Luisa Bravo is the recipient of the 2018 Australia Award Endeavor Executive Fellowship, a prestigious grant fully funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training. She is the only Italian among 93 awarded candidates from 25 countries. She will be working for the next four months at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) in Brisbane, developing a research-based professional development on 'public space, social entrepreneurship and smart communities' at the Urban Informatics Research Group, which is a pioneer institution on transdisciplinary research and practice, placed at the intersection of people, place and technology; she will explore how the digital dimension is facilitating people networks, and how it can effectively promote an human-centred approach in the design of public spaces.
The Urban Informatics Research Group is part of the QUT Design Lab, which supports transdisciplinary collaborations that result in tangible impact and engagement, acting as a hub and home for a diverse team of academics, research students, and industry professionals,  transferring knowledge and technology into beneficial applications for industry and society.

Our President received a congratulation letter from the Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, Senator for South Australia, for being selected. In this letter the Senator wrote: "The Australia Award Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowsips is a prestigious program offered by the Australian government to support high-achieving individuals to undertake study, research and professional development overseas and gain international experience. Your selection for an Endeavour Fellowship recognises your commitment to outstanding achievement and role as an education ambassador for Australia. Congratulation on joining a selected group of exceptional individuals".

For us at City Space Architecture this Australia Award is a very important recognition of our efforts throughout the past 5 years of activities, in networking events, creative projects, academic conferences, research workshops and seminars, aimed at expanding the discussion on public space from academia to industry, professional practice and civil society, through a transdiciplinary approach involving art and architecture.

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City Space Architecture meets the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur

February 6, 2018
By City Space Architecture
Kuala Lumpur Petronas towers

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City Space Architecture has been selected to be part of the upcoming Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), taking place on 7-13 February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, convened by UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. This ninth session has been recognized by the General Assembly resolution 70/210 as the first session to have a thematic focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) adopted at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, held in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016.
City Space Architecture is among accredited stakeholders and will have an exhibition space at the main venue of the Forum, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, besides the Petronas Towers. The title of our exhibition is 'We the people, We the public Space', promoted in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and Thammasat University (Thailand). The curators of the exhibition are our President Luisa Bravo and our Honorary Member Mirko Guaralda, in collaboration with our Honorary Members Hendrik Tieben and Manfredo Manfredini, and with Winyu Ardrugsa and Jarunee Pimonsathean from UDDI Thammasat University. The organizational manager of our exhibition space is our Founding Member Valerio Francia. We will showcase our international projects on public space, including our successful The Journal of Public Space, and we will spread information about our networking activities and events with global partners, engaging more people on our campaign 'Stand up for Public Space!', that we launched at the Habitat III conference in Quito. We are among 200 selected exhibitors from 50 countries!
We will also coordinate a networking event, the proposal we submitted last November in response to the WUF call, has been selected by the WUF Secretariat, entitled 'We the public space: strategies to deal with inequalities in order to achieve inclusive and sustainable urban environments', taking place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, on Sunday 11 February 2018, 3.00-5.00pm, room 402.

Our President Luisa Bravo will be also engaged in multiple events at WUF9, including a side event promoted by IHC Global at Next City World Stage, a training event promoted by UCLG ASPAC, a networking event promoted by General Assembly of Partners (GAP) Older Persons, a side event promoted by Urban Synergies Group, a networking event promoted by University of Auckland, a side event promoted by KTH Centre for the Future of Places, a side event promoted by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) and a networking event promoted by Nagrika

Follow City Space Architecture's activities at WUF9 in Kuala Lumpur on our social media, follow the hashtag: #wethepeople #wethepublicspace #standupforpublicspace #jps
Daily updates also on Facebook, follow the event: City Space Architecture at WUF9 and open the tab 'About discussion' to see daily reports of our activities.
A full list of our events is available at: www.cityspacearchitecture.org/wuf9.

Official hashtags of WUF9: #wuf9 #cities2030 #cities4all #newurbanagenda #publicspaceKL

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City Space Architecture meets the 10th IFoU conference in Hong Kong

December 11, 2017
By City Space Architecture

A 46 segment × 3 exposure HDR panorama of the Hong Kong night skyline. Taken from Lugard Road at Victoria Peak, Hong Kong. Author Base64, retouched by CarolSpears.

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We are extremely proud to be among partner organizations of the 10th IFoU - International Forum on Urbanism conference “The Entrepreneurial City”, that will take place at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, at the Yasumoto International Academic Park, on December 14-16, 2017. Our President Luisa Bravo is part of the Conference Committee and she will deliver a keynote speech on December 16 in the afternoon, before the closing ceremony, on the social entrepreneuralism of City Space Architecture and the impact our work is having at the global level through a series of projects and events, with a particular reference to The Journal of Public Space, that we jointly established with the Queensland University of Technology, in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Programme on Cities and Human Settlements.
IFoU is a network of universities, research institutes and knowledge centers with the task to strengthen the international collaboration in the field of Urbanism. Members of IFoU are academic institutions that are involved in research and education in the field of planning, design and management of the built environment. IFoU was established in 2004 and today encompasses 
twenty-three distinguished universities in Asia, Europe and South America.
After nine successful conferences, in Beijing (2006), Delft (2007), Taipei (2008), Delft (2009), Singapore (2011), Barcelona (2012), Tainan (2013), Incheon (2015) and Buenos Aires (2016), the 10th conference is inviting international planners and designers to deliberate on theories, design and practices related to “The Entrepreneurial City”. This theme evolved in discussions during the run-up to the United Nations Habitat III Conference in Quito (2016). One year after nearly 170 countries adopted the UN-Habitat New Urban Agenda. The question remains how its ambitious goals can be implemented. One of the key goals of the New Urban Agenda is to achieve a fairer share of the prosperity, which is brought by urbanization. For this to happen, urban design, planning and policies need to find ways how in the current socio-political and economic environment opportunities for socially minded and innovative entrepreneurs can be created. At the conference, speakers from 21 countries will investigate these and related questions. We are confident that presentations and following discussions will motivate new initiatives to make our cities more inclusive and prosperous.

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City Space Architecture meets the United Nations General Assembly in New York City

September 2, 2017
By City Space Architecture
UN Headquarters NY

United Nations Headquarters in New York City, view from Roosevelt Island. Picture by Neptuul, Wikimedia Commons.

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After the Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development in Quito (Ecuador, October 2016) and the 26th Governing Council of UN-Habitat in Nairobi (Kenya, May 2017) City Space Architecture will be among stakholders engaged in the upcoming High Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly at the Headquarters in New York City, that will take place on September 5-6. Our President Luisa Bravo has been selected to attend this meeting by a Committee appointed by UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS).
At the Habitat III Conference UN Member States adopted the New Urban Agenda, setting a new global standard for sustainable urban development, intended to rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities. To maintain momentum around the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and to reflect on the positioning of UN-Habitat in that regard, the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson convenes in New York City a two-day high-level meeting to discuss best practices and success stories in relation to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. It will also address the measures contained in the Report from the Secretary General’s Independent Panel to Assess, Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat after Adoption of New Urban Agenda, which was published at the beginning of August 2017.
The meeting will consist of an opening segment, panel discussions and a plenary debate. Member states will have an opportunity to engage with members of the Secretary General’s Independent Assessment Panel as well as representatives of local and municipal authorities, mayors, civil society, academia, members of the UN system.
City Space Architecture will address the importance of public space as a key element in sustainable urban development and will interact with other global stakeholders and UN bodies to engage them in the promotion of public space culture.
The program of the event is available at this link.

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