Our mission and achievements

August 1, 2015
By City Space Architecture


Bologna skyline. Picture by Luisa Bravo @luisabravodsgn

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Our mission

City Space Architecture is a non-profit cultural association established in 2013 and based in Bologna, Italy. Our aim is to promote a general awareness on architecture, public space, cities and urbanity, focusing on a shared vision of our common liveable future. Through a network of scholars, academic professors, city managers, designers, artists and citizens we advocate a critical reflection on our own world, in a multidisciplinary field of action.

We promote education on public space culture, academic research and innovative, human-oriented design. We work locally and internationally.

We have a vast volunteer base and people at the highest levels in several countries that have actively participated in our projects.

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Our focus is on studying, making, spreading and sharing public space culture by:
- engaging an international and inclusive audience in our projects and events
- implementing contents and issues included in the New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development held in Quito, Ecuador, on October 17-20, 2016 
- promoting knowledge and awareness through our open access, academic, interdisciplinary journal, 'The Journal of Public Space' and our global campaign 'Stand up for Public Space!'.

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Our achievements

In 2017 City Space Architecture signed a memorandum of understanding with the Queensland University of Technology, based in Australia, and UN Habitat, the United Nations Agency on Cities and Human Settlements, in order to collaborate on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference, held in Quito, Ecuador, on October 17-20, 2016. This collaboration has been established through a non-profit, open access academic journal, The Journal of Public Space, which 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.

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In 2016, at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, City Space Architecture launched the global campaign Stand up for Public Space!, as a research project intended to spread awareness about the importance of public space in our cities. This project is developed in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, LASE+CityUrb (Ecuador) and the University of Auckland (New Zealand).

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In 2016 City Space Architecture joined the United Nations General Assembly of Partners (GAP), Research and Academia Partner Constituent Group (RAPCG).

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In 2016 City Space Architecture has been included in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Civil Society database.

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In 2016 City Space Architecture signed a three-year term memorandum of understanding with the University of Bologna in order to host internship programs for undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School of Engineering and Architecture.

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Since 2016 City Space Architecture is partner of Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) in the research project called "New Paradigm / New Tools for Architectural Heritage in Canada", funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Program. The project is coordinated by CIMS - Carleton Immersive Media Studio and it is involving leading international institutions and universities.

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In 2016 City Space Architecture signed an agreement with La Biennale di Venezia in order to be included in the "Biennale Sessions", a special program promoted by the Venice Architecture Biennale for Universities, Academies of Fine Arts and Higher Education Institutions in order to be actively involved in the visit of the exhibition and promote special events and meetings, as part of our educational activities.

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In 2013 City Space Architecture has been included in the list of nonprofit cultural organizations of the Municipality of Bologna, Italy. Read the ovierview of the last two years' activities 2014-15 (in Italian), at this link.

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Check the full list of our partners here.