City Space Architecture celebrates 10-year anniversary!

May 13, 2023
By City Space Architecture


City Space Architecture is 10 years today, 13 May 2023! 🥳🎂

We are very grateful for the support we have received throughout the years by so many individuals that are now part of our community and are sharing with us their enthusiasm, progressive thinking and positive energy. We warmly thank leading Universities, influential institutions and committed non-profit organizations at the global level that have partnered with us and helped us to develop  ambitious and yet very successful projects, spanning from research to advocacy to implementation. We are proud for the ongoing cooperation with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlments Programme, that started with our participation at the Habitat III conference in Ecuador in 2016, where we launched our campaign ‘Stand up for Public Space!’. Today we are a renowned and accredited stakeholder at major UN events, after our participation to several World Urban Fora (Kuala Lumpur, 2018; Abu Dhabi, 2020; Katowice, 2022) and at two high-level meetings promoted by the UN General Assembly on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at the New York's headquarters (2017 and 2022).

Throughout the years we have been shaping a strong and very solid vision on public space, and on the occasion of this 10-year anniversary we would like to celebrate our achievements, highlighting our most important projects:
- The Journal of Public Space, the first-ever, academic, open access journal on public space: in almost 8 years we have published 20 issues, engaging 300+ authors, 500+ reviewers and editors and 50.000+ readers. Our online initiative “2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 pandemic” was followed by participants from 80+ countries;
- Public Space Academy, the first-ever, free, interdisciplinary educational program on urban complexity built around public space, that has been kicked off last month after 5 years in the making;
- Mastering Public Space, a web-magazine for dissemination of open access contents on public space from influential and reliable sources, including editorials on cutting-edge topics from relevant authors;
- Public Space Museum, our headquarters in Bologna hosting art-based and artistic practices on public space, established in 2019 and operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, currently hosting the exhibition “Imagining Public Space with/for Her”;
- Urban Visions, a unique international film festival dedicated to contemporary urban challenges, the first of its kind, with ongoing editions in Bologna (Italy) and Ajman (UAE).

We have estimated City Space Architecture has reached 500.000+ people in these past ten years through the different projects and initiatives we have developed, including conferences, workshops, and seminars, online and offline, engaging in particular early career researchers and professionals.

Our continuous and tireless efforts are now bringing us new challenges for the months and years to come. In September we are hosting the first in-person workshop of the Public Space Academy at our Public Space Museum in Bologna, as an opportunity to meet like-minded people and to share good practices and strategies for effective implementation. In 2024 we are planning several events across the world included in our conference series Past Present and Future of Public Space, 10 years after the first successful one that took place in Bologna in 2014, from which our journey started.

We are gaining momentum at the global level, performing as a leading organization promoting public space culture through innovative projects, partnering with multiple stakeholders and engaging different audiences. But, as we always say, the best is yet to come! And we are ready to begin a new and exciting phase of our ambitious endeavor with a mission to push local governments to include public space as a priority in their urban agenda for a better and more humane future of our cities. And to inspire a new generation of urban thinkers to become public space activists and agents of change in their own communities.

This is a call to action! If you are a public space lover become a member of City Space Architecture, join our community and stand up with us for public space!

One Response to "City Space Architecture celebrates 10-year anniversary!"

    DR SHARIFAH MAHDZAR on 09-07-’23 05:09

    public space is essential in carrying out our everyday life activities in urban areas. Public space is where the life of city can be observed and understood directly and indirectly from all angles of research, knowledge and standpoint. I am passionate on this subject and will be delighted to be involved in this research. Thank you and best wishes

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