Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City | Our film competition on the contemporary city

February 27, 2017
By City Space Architecture


We are very glad to present the third edition of our research project 'Visioni Urbane | Urban Visions. Beyond the ideal city', a competition entirely dedicated to the investigation of the contemporary city through short films. Visioni Urbane is the first film competition in the Italian context involving film-makers at a professional level on topics related to cities and urbanity, so it is a unique platform able to foster interaction and exchange between different disciplines, such as architecture, sociological studies, urban design and film studies, while delivering to spectators insights and meanings on daily urban life in cities.
Read more about our research project here.

Visioni Urbane is a section of Visioni Italiane/Italian Visions Festival, a well-known Italian film competition promoted by Cineteca di Bologna, a prime centre known globally for film studies, film archives and film restoration. 
The 2017 Festival will open tonight, February 27, 2017 at Cinena Lumiere.

The full program of the Festival is available at this link: http://www.cinetecadibologna.it/files/festival/VisioniItaliane/programma_visioni_2017.pdf 

The webiste of the Festival Visioni Italiane is:

More deatils on Visioni Urbane at the 2017 Festival (in Italian) at this link:


Follow Visioni Urbane on our Facebook page (in Italian): 

and on our Twitter profile @CitySpaceArchi with the hashtag #VisioniUrbane.

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City Space Architecture meets Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador

October 17, 2016
By City Space Architecture

Habitat III


We are extremely proud to announce that City Space Architecture is officially included in the main program of the Habitat III conference, the United Nations conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that takes place in Quito, Ecudaor, on October 17-20, 2016. We were selected among more than 1000 proposals from all over the world. 
After Habitat I in Vancouver in 1976, Habitat II in Istanbul in 1996, in Quito world leaders will again meet to review the global urban agenda as well as the mandate, structure and further strengthening of UN-Habitat as it enters its fifth decade. During four-day conference, presidents, ministers and other representatives of 140 countries will adopt the New Urban Agenda, a global 20-year vision on sustainable urbanization. 
Habitat III is a majour summit to discuss about future of cities. As reported by Dr. Joan Clos, the Secretary General of the conference, Habitat III “is a unique opportunity for rethinking the Urban Agenda in which governments can respond by promoting a new model of urban development able to integrate all facets of sustainable development to promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity”. More than 45.000 participants will attend the event in Quito.
Read more about the conference on Cityscope and on CityLab.  

We are contributing to the success of the conference through several events:
- 'Stand up for Public Space!', Networking event, Monday October 17, 2.00-4.00pm, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, room 11
- 'The Journal of Public Space', Wednesday October 19, 5.00-5.45pm, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Urban Library
- 'Urban Visions. Beyond the ideal city' + 'Pop-up City. Searching for instant urbanity', Thursday October 20, 3.00-4.00pm, Pop-up Public Space events, Parque El Ejito.
Our President Luisa Bravo, together with honorary members Mirko Guaralda, Hendrik Tieben and Manfredo Manfredini, and our partner in Ecuador Luis Alfonso Saltos Espinoza are currently in Quito, already at work!

Follow updates of our activities on our Facebook and Twitter profles and on our Facebook event.

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Past Present and Future of Public Space

September 22, 2016
By City Space Architecture

2016-09/qut_ppf-publicspace_venice-72.pngWe are delighted to be partners of QUT - Queensland University of Technology in the 'Past Present and Future of Public Space' international seminar that will take place in Venice on September 23, 2016, in the frame of Biennale Sessions, a special educational project of La Biennale di Venezia. This seminar is the first meeting of the research group focused on public space, cities and urbanity that we started after the successful three-day conference held in Bologna in 2014.
During the seminar we will present a new academic journal, ‘The Journal of Public Space’, that we founded with the Queensland University of Technology and in partnership with UN Habitat, the United Nations Agency for Cities and Human Settlements. Through the exploration of research projects and site-specific interventions, participants and students will seek answers to questions about how public space in cities is nowadays lived, used, appropriated or neglected.
Two relevant institutions are project partners of the 'Past Present and Future of Public Space' research group: the Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico, an international event promoted by INU | Italian National Institute of Urban Planners,  that takes place in Rome - the next one will be on May 2017 - and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, MSC in Urban Design Programme. We already worked with both of them and we are happy to establish this partnership, that we are sure will be fruitful and inspiring.

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City Space Architecture announces the results of the first year participation in New paradigm / New tools Carleton's program

August 12, 2016
By City Space Architecture


We are happy to announce that our participation in the first year of the New Paradigm / New Tools internship program was very satisfying and successful. New Paradigm / New Tools is an innovative training program, under the direction of Carleton University’s Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), which addresses the theoretical, practical and ethical imperatives surrounding the use of new and emerging digital technologies for the conservation and rehabilitation of our built heritage. The research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The internship at City Space Architecture aimed at a deep study of the European city, with specific attention to Bologna’s historic center. The three-months long work, a first step in this research, explored the gap in the intangible and living heritage of many squares and public spaces in Bologna, connected by social issues, historical events and citizens' emotional perceptions and feelings. Piazza Verdi, Piazza Rossini, the whole Zamboni street until the "Due Torri", iconic symbol of Bologna, were documented and investigated through photo-modeling and laser scanning, in order to prepare a digital framework oriented to collaborative processes that the private and public sectors could use to produce innovative outcomes on the understanding of urban spaces.
James Arteaga, the brilliant intern who participated to the program at our office in Bologna, actively helped to develop our last challenging project on the image of the city, expressed through sophisticated morphological, spatial and architectural representations.
This research project has a wider perspective, since it is oriented to the authoring of datasets that will be the starting point for the discussion on the contemporary urban space, linking to digital models intangible information about the city. We hope that our promising, preliminary results will foster future achievements and even more fruitful collaborations.

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The Journal of Public Space

June 23, 2016
By City Space Architecture

After one year of very intensive work, made of international meetings, networking events and working papers, we are proud to announce that City Space Architecture founded a brand new journal, The Journal of Public Space, in collaboration with QUT - Queensland University of Technology, based in Australia, and in partnership with UN Habitat, the United Nations Agency for Cities and Human Settlements.
Our President Luisa Bravo and Mirko Guaralda from QUT are founding editors of the journal and they are working with a number of international distinguished scholars all over the world, whose aim is to contribute to the discussion and expand current scholarship on public space. 
The Journal of Public Space is the first, international, interdisciplinary, academic, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space. It speaks different languages and is open to embrace diversity, inconvenient dialogues and untold stories, from multidisciplinary fields and all countries, especially from those that usually do not have voice, overcoming the Western-oriented approach that is leading the current discourse.
As a proper public space, The Journal of Public Space is free, accessible and inclusive, providing a platform for emerging and consolidated researchers; it is intended to foster research, showcase best practices and inform discussion about the more and more important issues related to public spaces in our changing and evolving societies.
The first issue of the journal will be published in September and will include several full papers from our successful "Past Present and Future of Public Space" International Conference on Art, Architecture and Urban Design that took place in Bologna, on June 25-27, 2014.
We will launch The Journal of Public Space during a special event at the Venice Architecture Biennale, on September 23 (Friday) in the afternoon. Follow our Facebook page for updates. All our members are invited to join!



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