Entrepreneurial City Lab: learning from Berlin | International summer workshop

May 20, 2017
By City Space Architecture
Berlin International Workshop


After several weeks of intensive work, we are finally ready to leave for the upcoming international workshop 'Entrepreneurial City Lab' which will take place in Berlin on May 22-28, 2017 at ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory. The workshop is organized by the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. City Space Architecture is proud to be among partner organizations, together with U-Lab, University of Technology Berlin (TU Berlin) and the Department of Architecture of the University of Florence, Italy.

This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the city of Berlin as a case study of an Entrepreneurial City. Throughout its turbulent history, Berlin has been an urban laboratory.  From Karl-Friedrich Schinkel’s 19th century planning, to speculative tenement blocks, modernist “Siedlungen”, the international building exhibitions of the 1950s and 1980s, to recent co-operative housing and working projects, the city has continually experimented with new approaches addressing changing urban issues. Most recently, it developed innovative approaches to integrate a new arriving migrant population. The 'Entrepreneurial City Lab' will interrogate how this has been achieved and how we can learn from Berlin for contemporary approaches in urban designs.
The workshop will focus on six exemplary urban forms in Berlin, that can advance our understanding of how this contemporary Entrepreneurial City developed:
    1) City of the 19th Century and its 1980s (IBA 1987) and recent regenerations
    2) Siedlungen of the 1920-30s
    3) Socialist City of the 1950s-80s 
    4) Interbau Berlin-West of the 1950s
    5) Gross-Siedlungen of the 1960-70s and their regeneration
    6) Co-housing projects of the 1990-2000s
The workshop offers an intensive learning experience by combining field studies of different areas of the city as well as lectures and seminars helping the students to understand the various aspects of Berlin’s urban form and implications for quality of living, social inclusion and economic opportunities.


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City Space Architecture meets United Nations 26th Governing Council in Nairobi, Kenya

May 6, 2017
By City Space Architecture

GC26 UN Habitat


We are extremely proud to be part of the upcoming twenty-sixth session of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat (GC26), that will take place on 8 – 12 May 2017, at the UN Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Governing Council is an intergovernmental decision – making body for UN Habitat, the United Nations Agency on Cities and Human Settlements. 
This session of the Governing Council follows the adoption of the New Urban Agenda during the Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. 
Participation in the Governing Council is open to all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, local authorities, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, indigenous peoples organizations, financial institutions, and the private sector; as well as organizations of the United Nations system and Intergovernmental Organizations.

Our President Luisa Bravo was named for accreditation at the GC26 and was granted with an ad-hoc accreditation by Member States. In Nairobi, she will be an active participant, engaged in the discussion with governmental and local authorities and other stakeholders, contributing with an oral statement related to our commitment to implement contents of the New Urban Agenda related to public space, through our global campaign 'Stand up for Public Space!' and our academic journal 'The Journal of Public Space', that we founded in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology and in partnership with UN Habitat.

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City Space Architecture meets IFoU at The Chinese University Hong Kong

March 31, 2017
By City Space Architecture
10 IFoU conference in Hong Kong


We are extremely excited to announce that we are among partner organizations of the 10th IFoU conference, The Entrepreneurial City, which will be hosted by the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on December 14-16, 2017 - https://ifou2017.com/.
IFoU is the International Forum on Urbanism, 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.
Our President Luisa Bravo is included in the conference committee panel and will deliver a keynote speech at the conference to introduce The Journal of Public Space, our non-profit research project that we established in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology and in partnership with UN Habitat, the United Nations Agency on Cities and Human Settlements.
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. In face of global and local environmental, social and economic challenges, following the goals of UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, the 10th IFoU Conference ‘The Entrepreneurial City’ explores: how to create urban prosperity and an inclusive economy?

The deadline for abstract submission is May 1, 2017 -> EXTENDED May 15, 2017

Read more about the call for papers on the conference website.

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Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City | International seminar @ Cinema Lumière

March 24, 2017
By City Space Architecture

VISIONI URBANE. Beyond the Ideal City

We are glad to invite our members and friends in Bologna for the international seminar 'VISIONI URBANE / URBAN VISIONS. Beyond the Ideal City | Spazio pubblico e narrazioni urbane attraverso il mezzo cinematografico' that will take place next Thursday March 30, 2017 at Cinema Lumière.
This seminar is the opportunity to present outcomes of our three-year project, curated by our President Luisa Bravo, aimed at investigating the contemporary city through the cintematography lenses. 
The seminar is promoted by City Space Architecture, in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna, under the patronage of Municipality of Bologna, of the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna, of the Biennial of Public Space and the Association of Architects in Bologna, and with the contribution of the University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning, New Zealand.

We would like to thank our honorary member Manfredo Manfredini at University of Auckland in New Zealand for co-curating the seminar and for his proactive role in promoting this event!

Visioni Urbane / Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City is:
- a film competition, a section of the Italian Festival Visioni Italiane
- a collaborative creative lab for institutions and citizens
- a travelling event, in Italy and abroad. 

At the upcoming seminar we will discuss with several scholars, academics and film-makers about #publicspace and the future of our cities. 

We will have a special guest, Colin Fournier, Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Principal Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) and Visiting Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was Bernard Tschumi’s partner for the design of the Parc de la Villette in Paris and co-author, with Sir Peter Cook, of the Graz Kunsthaus, a radical museum of modern art in the city of Graz, Austria. Prof. Fournier was an associate member of the famous experimental design group Archigram Architects and was curator of the 2013 Bi-city Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Hong Kong and Shenzen. He is currently Chair/ Principal of TETRA Architects 肆合設計.

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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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