MaPS. Mastering Public Space

A collaborative research network on cities and urbanity

March 14, 2019
By City Space Architecture

“MaPS. Mastering Public Space” is an Italian project promoted by City Space Architecture and curated by our President Luisa Bravo. MaPS is a collaborative, international research network involving leading Universities and institutions, together with scholars and academic professors, devoted to urban and architectural studies, for an open dialogue with professionals, city managers, designers, artists and citizens, aimed at promoting a critical reflection on public space, in a multidisciplinary field of action. MaPS involves also undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, and non-profit organizations.

MaPS works on education, research and innovative, human-oriented design.

MaPS is part of an international debate on public space and urbanity.

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Curatorial statements by Luisa Bravo

           "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 blog (coming soon) - http://www.masteringpublicspace.org/


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First outcomes of MaPS were presented in 2015 at the Biennial of Public Space in Rome, during the seminar 'Public space, places and practices of everyday life', on May 23. The seminar was designed as a conversation between different stakeholders, in six thematic tables, with two parallel workshops. This seminar was the third international conversation on cities and public space, part of a series launched by City Space Architecture on 31 October 2014, on the occasion of the World Cities Day promoted by UN-Habitat.

A second session of MaPS, designed as an international symposium and exhibition, took place on May 24 at MAXXI B.A.S.E., the Research Centre of the National Museum of the XXIst Century Arts in Rome.

The 2015 events involved academic scholars together with undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from:

National Technical University of Athens, Greece / University of Auckland, New Zealand / Thammasat University, Thailand / Universidad de Palermo, Argentina / Lebanese American University, Lebanon / Università di Bologna, Italy / The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China / Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel / University of Nicosia, Cyprus / Carleton University, Canada / KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden / co+labo, Keio University, Japan

and professionals from:

Beirut / Bologna / Mostar

and non-profit organizations such as:

International Society of Biourbanism / Labirinto: Culture e Civiltà Mediterranee / K.A.M. (Centre for Mediterranean Architecture) / AESOP Association of European Schools of Planning / Mostar ADA Center

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MaPS @ Biennial of Public Space, 23 May 2015

9.00am – 1.00pm

“Public Space, Places and Practices of Everyday Life".

Conversations on public space

Curator: Luisa Bravo, City Space Architecture, Italy

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9.00am – 10.45am

Table #1: Privately owned public spaces, conversation coordinated by Manfredo Manfredini. Discussants: Hendrik Tieben, Davisi Boontharm, Valentini Karvoutzi

Table #2: Sustainable public spaces and smart cities, conversation coordinated by Antonio Caperna. Discussants: Stefano Serafini, Elisa Ravazzoli, Simone Garagnani, Mattheos Papavasiliou

Table #3: Space, identity and conflict: mapping the commons, conversation coordinated by Maria Hadjisoteriou and Angela Petrou. Discussants: Elena Konstantinidou, Rania Sassine, Ana Jugovic, Nilly R. Harag, Yamit Cohen-Liberman

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11.15am – 1.00pm

Table #4: Re-envisioning community space, conversation coordinated by Hendrik Tieben. Discussants: Miquel Marti, Claudio Sgarbi, Mattheos Papavasiliou, Brenda Gimenez, Stefania Ragozino

Table #5: Creative solutions for social engagement, conversation coordinated by Darko Radovic. Discussants: Davisi Boontharm, Nilly R. Harag, Yiorgos Hadjichristou, Ana Jugovic, Maria Hadjisoteriou, Angela Petrou, Valentina Orioli, Yamit Cohen-Liberman

Table #6: Public spaces in the Mediterranean city, conversation coordinated by Elena Konstantinidou. Discussants: Giorgia Tsouderos, Rania Sassine, Elena Konstantinidou, Valentini Karvoutzi

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11.15am – 1.00pm

Workshop #1: Narratives in Public Space (NaPS). Coordinators: Elahe Karimnia and Mahdis Aliasgari

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9.00 – 1.00pm

Workshop #2: Spatial attributes and patterns of human interaction in space

Coordinators: Elena Konstantinidou, Valentini Karvoutzi, Mattheos Papavasiliou, Dimitra Nicolaou, Arhontoula Vasilara

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3.00pm – 6.00pm

Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico - Plenary closing session

Rapporteur: Luisa Bravo

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MaPS @ MAXXI B.A.S.E., 24 May 2015

11.00am – 6.00pm

Looking at the city: public space and community life.

International symposium and exhibition

Curator: Luisa Bravo, City Space Architecture, Italy

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11.00am – 1.30pm

Welcoming address

Luisa Bravo, City Space Architecture | President

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Europe and Middle East

Moderators:

Bologna | Luisa Bravo and Simone Garagnani, City Space Architecture

Beirut | Rania Sassine, Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Lebanon

Discussants:

Carpineto Romano | Antonio Caperna and Stefano Serafini, International Society of Biourbanism, Italy

Genova | José Manuel Madrigal, University of Genova, Italy

Nicosia | Yiorgos Hadjichristou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus and Veronika Antoniou, Rene Carraz, Urban Gorrillas NGO

Moutallos | Maria Hadjisoteriou and Angela Petrou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Athens | Elena Konstantinidou, Valentini Karvoutzi, Mattheos Papavasiliou, Arhontoula Vasilara, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Jerusalem | Nilly R. Harag and Yamit Cohen-Liberman, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel

Mostar | Ana Jugović , City of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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1.30pm – 2.30pm | LUNCH

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2.30pm – 3.30pm

Canada and South America

Moderator:

Ottawa | Claudio Sgarbi, Carleton University, Canada

Discussants:

Buenos Aires | Elisa Ravazzoli and Brenda Gimenez, Universidad de Palermo, Argentina

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3.30pm – 6.00pm

Asia and New Zealand

Moderators:

Auckland | Manfredo Manfredini, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Tokyo | Darko Radović, Davisi Boontharm and co+labo, Keio University, Japan

Discussants:

Hong Kong | Hendrik Tieben, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

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11.00am – 6.00pm

Exhibition curated by

Luisa Bravo, City Space Architecture, Italy

Manfredo Manfredini, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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The exhibition collected outcomes of research projects of MaPS' affiliated members from:

Athens | Elena Konstantinidou, Valentini Karvoutzi, Mattheos Papavasiliou, Arhontoula Vasilara, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Auckland | Manfredo Manfredini and Ross Jenner, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Bangkok | Aleksandra Shekutkovska, Winyu Ardrugsa, Hansa Srilertchaipanij, Damrongsak Rinchumphu, Thammasat University, Thailand

Bologna | Simone Garagnani, University of Bologna, Italy

Brisbane | Jaz Choi, Dr Mirko Guaralda, Angie Strachan, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Buenos Aires | Elisa Ravazzoli and Brenda Gimenez, Universidad de Palermo, Argentina

Byblos | José Manuel Madrigal, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

Changsha | Manfredo Manfredini, Ross Jenner, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Xin Tian, Kai Zhou, Fan Wang, Hunan University, China

Genova | José Manuel Madrigal, Giampiero Lombardini, Jacopo Avenoso, Chiara Olivastri, University of Genova, Italy

Hong Kong | Hendrik Tieben, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Jerusalem | Nilly R. Harag and Yamit Cohen-Liberman, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel

Moutallos | Maria Hadjisoteriou and Angela Petrou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicosia | Yiorgos Hadjichristou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus and Veronika Antoniou, Rene Carraz, Urban Gorrillas NGO, Cyprus

Tokyo | Darko Radović, Davisi Boontharm and co+labo, Keio University, Japan

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Short report on 'MaPS. Mastering Public Space', seminar at Biennial of Public Space and international symposium and exhibition at MAXXI B.A.S.E in Rome, 23-24 May 2015.

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MaPS. Mastering Public Space was presented in several international events.

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PRESENTATIONS (by the curator, Dr Luisa Bravo)

2015, STOCKHOLM, Sweden. Third 'Future of Places' Conference

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