City Space Architecture meets Urban Informatics Research Group at 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, QUT Design Lab, 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, working with her mentors, Dr Mirko Guaralda and Prof. Marcus Foth, who supported her application.
Urban Informatics Research Lab was founded by Prof. Marcus Foth at QUT on 2006, ahead of time and before the term “smart cities” was as popular as it is today, thus pioneering a new field of study and practice.
Urban informatics examines people creating, applying and using information and communication technology and data in cities and urban environments. It was the first research group in the world explicitly named to reflect its dedication to the study of urban informatics. Today the Urban Informatics Research Group if 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.

The program our President will undertake at QUT is aimed at achieving a comprehensive knowledge in the use of digital tools able to combine top-down policies and programs of public administrations with bottom-up needs and aspirations of communities, in order to define a space of interaction and sharing for the co-creation of more liveable and equitable urban futures.

City Space Architecture is already collaborating with QUT, since we founded together in 2015 a new journal, The Journal of Public Space, in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. The journal is the first, interdisciplinary, academic, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space. The program at QUT is intended to strengthen this collaboration and set up a strong, mutual cooperation on common issues related to the future of cities, engaging QUT and Australian scholars in UN-Habitat expert groups and high level panels.

Read more about the current and ongoing projects of the Urban Informatics Research Group at QUT Design Lab: https://www.urbaninformatics.net/projects/  /  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIC7lpelMxcCIpMs8veNz9A


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