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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