Amazing end of 2018!

December 30, 2018
By City Space Architecture

Skyline of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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After our successul 'Past Present and Future of Public Space. Knowledge sharing toward implementation of the New Urban Agenda' international symposium and workshop held at the Venice Architecture Biennale on September 22-23, attended by 100 participants from more than 25 international University and Institutions, we spent the last three months of the 2018 in expanding our knowledge on public space, through engagement and participation in networking and research events, and in consolidating our projects and initiatives.
Our President Luisa Bravo was engaged in several activities:
- she was invited to participate in the Expert Group Meeting on 'City-wide Public Space Strategies', promoted by UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, in collaboration with KTH Centre for the Future of Places, that took place in Stockholm and Angelsberg, Sweden, on September 24-26;
- she was invited to serve as keynote speaker at the 2nd Saudi Urban Forum, promoted by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (MOMRA), in collaboration with UN-Habitat, within the framework of the technical cooperation of the “Future Saudi Cities Program", that took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 15-17. The 2nd Saudi Urban Forum was opened by a speech from the UN-Habitat's Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif;
- she was invited to participate in the SkypeLab SympoLab, a symposium and laboratory dialogue between a multidisciplinary group of academics, artists, PhD candidates and urban thinkers on the impact of digital screen mediation on contemporary identity and spatial knowledge, promoted by RMIT Europe, that took place at the Media-TIC located in the 22@ Innovation District in Barcelona, on November 21-22;
- she was invited to teach the course 'Advanced Urbanism Studio' in the Master's Programme in Urbanism Studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (October 2018 - January 2019). For the first week of the studio she organized the workshop 'Everyday geographies of public space. Imaginations and practices in Florence', that took place in Florence, in collaboration with the Master Programme in Geography, Spatial Management, Heritage for International Cooperation and the LaGeS Laboratory of the University of Florence, on November 5-8, followed by a public seminar on November 9 (the poster and the programme are available here). The workshop and the public seminar engaged several renowned academic scholars, such as Richard Ingersoll from Syracuse University in Florence (USA), Eamonn Canniffe from Manchester School of Architecture (UK), Orla McKeever from Cork Center for Architectural Education (Ireland), Sabine Knierbein from TU Vienna (Austria), and engaged also the free lance architect Chiara Fanigliulo, architect Rossella Ferorelli from SMALL Soft Metropolitan Architecture and Landscape Lab (Italy) and Toby Neve from The Florence Academy of Arts (Italy);
- she was invited to participate in 'Le Giornate del Territorio' promoted by Ecomuseo Casilino, that took place in Rome on November 10-11, where she presented our proposal for the regeneration of the abandoned butcher shop known as 'Centro Carni' in the Porto-Saragozza neighbourhood in Bologna;
- she was invited to serve as keynote speaker at the International Conference on Urban Conservation promoted by Centre for Built Environment, a registered non-profit professional society in India, that took place in Kolkata on November 26-27 (she could not attend but she sent a pdf presentation that was displayed during the conference).

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City Space Architecture meets Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

September 15, 2018
By City Space Architecture

We are very glad to announce that City Space Architecture has signed an agreement with La Biennale di Venezia for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - titled FREESPACE, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara - in order to be included in the 'Biennale Sessions', a special program for Universities and Higher Education Institutions. This collaboration is intended as a continutation of the successful 'Biennale Session' we promoted in 2016, where we announced our participation at the Habitat III conference in Quito and officially launched 'The Journal of Public Space', in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology and in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.

The 3-day event this year, ‘Past Present and Future of Public Space. Knowledge sharing toward implementation of the New Urban Agenda’, on September 21-22-23, is willing to strengthen our efforts around the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference and to continue the discussion on the importance of public space in cities.
In addition to the visit to the Architecture exhibition, the 3-day event includes:

- a one-day international symposium

- an international workshop for students

- three collateral events: the visit at the Cyprus pavilion 'I'm where you are' with the curator Yiorgos Hadjichristou, the visit at the Irish pavilion 'Free Market' with the curator Tara Kennedy and the visit at the Dutch pavilion ‘Work, Body, Leisure’ with Marieke Berkers, on the occasion of the launch of the book ‘Dream your own future’. 

The 3-day event is curated by our President Luisa Bravo.

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The full programme of the 3-day event can be dowloaded here

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The international symposium will take place on Saturday September 22 at Arsenale, Sale d’Armi G. It is promoted by City Space Architecture and will engage professors, researchers and students from:

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong / The Graduate Centre, City University of New York, USA  / Hunan University, China / IUAV University, Italy  /  Keio University, Japan / KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden / KTH Centre for the Future of Places, Sweden / Lodz University of Technology, Poland / Manchester School of Architecture, United Kingdom / Meiji University, Japan  /  Politecnico di Milano, Italy  /  Pratt Institute, USA / Shanghai University, China  / Stanford University, USA  /  Syracuse University in Florence, Italy  /  Tsinghua University, China / TU Vienna, Austria / Universidad Espíritu Santo, Ecuador / Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain / University of Auckland, New Zealand / University of Bologna, Italy / University of Cambridge, United Kingdom / University College Cork, Ireland / University of Florence, Italy / University of Nicosia, Cyprus  / University of Palermo, Italy 

and will also have representatives from:

ISOCARP – the International Society of City and Regional Planners / UN-Habitat.

The symposium includes a session entirely dedicated to students’ research and activities on public space. Using the format of speed presentations, participants will have an in-depth overview of students' research about public space from a various of topics and contexts, such as Italy, USA, Spain, Ecuador, Sweden, Japan, Poland. The students' session will be moderated by our co-founder Valerio Francia.

The international workshop will take place on Sunday September 23 at Arsenale, Sale d’Armi G. It is promoted by City Space Architecture in collaboration with University of Auckland, Hunan University and Shanghai University and will engage students in lectures, presentations and a roundtable discussion. The international workshop will be coordinated by Manfredo Manfredini.

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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. 

Read the full list of events our President Luisa Bravo attended as speaker.

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City Space Architecture meets QUT in Brisbane

March 26, 2018
By City Space Architecture

QUT Gardens Point Campus

Entrance of QUT Campus Gardens Point, Brisbane, Australia. Picture by Luisa Bravo.

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We are extremely glad to announce that our President Luisa Bravo is the recipient of the 2018 Australia Award Endeavor Executive Fellowship, a prestigious grant fully funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training. She is the only Italian among 93 awarded candidates from 25 countries. She will be working for the next four months at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) in Brisbane, developing a research-based professional development on 'public space, social entrepreneurship and smart communities' at the Urban Informatics Research Group, which is a pioneer institution on transdisciplinary research and practice, placed at the intersection of people, place and technology; she will explore how the digital dimension is facilitating people networks, and how it can effectively promote an human-centred approach in the design of public spaces.
The Urban Informatics Research Group is part of the QUT Design Lab, which supports transdisciplinary collaborations that result in tangible impact and engagement, acting as a hub and home for a diverse team of academics, research students, and industry professionals,  transferring knowledge and technology into beneficial applications for industry and society.

Our President received a congratulation letter from the Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, Senator for South Australia, for being selected. In this letter the Senator wrote: "The Australia Award Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowsips is a prestigious program offered by the Australian government to support high-achieving individuals to undertake study, research and professional development overseas and gain international experience. Your selection for an Endeavour Fellowship recognises your commitment to outstanding achievement and role as an education ambassador for Australia. Congratulation on joining a selected group of exceptional individuals".

For us at City Space Architecture this Australia Award is a very important recognition of our efforts throughout the past 5 years of activities, in networking events, creative projects, academic conferences, research workshops and seminars, aimed at expanding the discussion on public space from academia to industry, professional practice and civil society, through a transdiciplinary approach involving art and architecture.

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City Space Architecture meets the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur

February 6, 2018
By City Space Architecture
Kuala Lumpur Petronas towers

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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City Space Architecture has been selected to be part of the upcoming Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), taking place on 7-13 February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, convened by UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. This ninth session has been recognized by the General Assembly resolution 70/210 as the first session to have a thematic focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) adopted at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, held in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016.
City Space Architecture is among accredited stakeholders and will have an exhibition space at the main venue of the Forum, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, besides the Petronas Towers. The title of our exhibition is 'We the people, We the public Space', promoted in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and Thammasat University (Thailand). The curators of the exhibition are our President Luisa Bravo and our Honorary Member Mirko Guaralda, in collaboration with our Honorary Members Hendrik Tieben and Manfredo Manfredini, and with Winyu Ardrugsa and Jarunee Pimonsathean from UDDI Thammasat University. The organizational manager of our exhibition space is our Founding Member Valerio Francia. We will showcase our international projects on public space, including our successful The Journal of Public Space, and we will spread information about our networking activities and events with global partners, engaging more people on our campaign 'Stand up for Public Space!', that we launched at the Habitat III conference in Quito. We are among 200 selected exhibitors from 50 countries!
We will also coordinate a networking event, the proposal we submitted last November in response to the WUF call, has been selected by the WUF Secretariat, entitled 'We the public space: strategies to deal with inequalities in order to achieve inclusive and sustainable urban environments', taking place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, on Sunday 11 February 2018, 3.00-5.00pm, room 402.

Our President Luisa Bravo will be also engaged in multiple events at WUF9, including a side event promoted by IHC Global at Next City World Stage, a training event promoted by UCLG ASPAC, a networking event promoted by General Assembly of Partners (GAP) Older Persons, a side event promoted by Urban Synergies Group, a networking event promoted by University of Auckland, a side event promoted by KTH Centre for the Future of Places, a side event promoted by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) and a networking event promoted by Nagrika

Follow City Space Architecture's activities at WUF9 in Kuala Lumpur on our social media, follow the hashtag: #wethepeople #wethepublicspace #standupforpublicspace #jps
Daily updates also on Facebook, follow the event: City Space Architecture at WUF9 and open the tab 'About discussion' to see daily reports of our activities.
A full list of our events is available at: www.cityspacearchitecture.org/wuf9.

Official hashtags of WUF9: #wuf9 #cities2030 #cities4all #newurbanagenda #publicspaceKL

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