MaPS. Mastering Public Space | Call for interest now open!

November 11, 2014
By City Space Architecture

2014-11/maps_map.jpgCity Space Architecture is proud to announce "MaPS. Mastering Public Space" a new, three-years term, international research project intended to investigate relevant cities and geographical contexts, all around the world. 

Maps are what everyone uses to find a place, to understand or to explain the morphology and geography of the urban experience. Maps are a tool and a resource. They are made of cities and people, buildings and public spaces. The aim of the MaPS project is to deliver open-minded maps, filling the voids with intangible meanings and unpredictable urban experiences, telling the story of the contemporary public life in cities, all around the world. 

MaPS is made of a large network of scholars, devoted to urban and architectural studies, and also architects, professionals, artists, private and public institutions, non-profit organizations and citizens. Those scholars will investigate a specific city, developing research activities, involving students, professionals and public/private institutions, thus establishing a small Lab able to promote a local debate on specific issues, to be reported to the network.

All affiliated members of the MaPS project will meet in person at least once every year, in the occasion of public conferences or events, in Italy and abroad.

City Space Architecture will serve as the leading coordinating Lab in the city of Bologna and will developed several research projects related to contemporary architecture and public space. Click on the image on top left to discover the cities that already are part of the MaPS project.


Deadline December 31, 2014.

For the first year the MaPS project will work on the theme "Looking at the city: public space and community life", namely on analysis and documentation of public spaces, on what we need to see and to know of each context before the design activity. Reflections, suggestions, comments coming from daily public life are the most welcome, using every form of expression, like photography, art, short movies, handmade drawings, essays, digital 3D representation, GIS maps and so on. Affiliated members of the network will work in parallel, from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015, sharing materials and suggestions on ongoing achievements. Hopefully they will meet, virtually or in presence, for an intermediate discussion. 


FOR COORDINATORS OF CITIES: If you are interest to be part of the MaPS project as a coordinator of a small group of people working on a city, please send an email to explaining who you are and what is the city you want to study, with a short abstract of the activities you are willing to develop. 

The following criteria will be taken into account during the selection process:

- a strong record of previous activities on the subject

- a connection with relevant public/private institutions

- significant publications and international achievements

All selected applicants will be contacted by January 30, 2015.


FOR YOUNG ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS: If you are interested to be part of the Bologna Lab, as the leading coordinating Lab of the MaPS project, that we will run starting from January 2015, please apply to The application should include a full CV with a professional portfolio and a cover letter, in English.

The following criteria will be taken into account during the selection process:

- a degree in the field of Architecture or Planning/Urbanism or Environment&Sustainable Development or similar

- at least six months of professional practice

- a documented experience on public space theory/design

All selected applicants will be contacted by January 30, 2015.


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