The Public Space Academy is included in the Local Project Challenge (LPC), a project promoted by the Earth Institute, Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University in New York and the Faculty of Architecture, Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, and built on Global Studio and People Building Better Cities, part of Accelerating the SDGs. The LPC is intended to increase awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030 and of the New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development that took place in Quito in 2016.
The Public Space Academy is one of the 110 projects from 39 countries included in the Local Project Challenge, under the section ‘Education’.
Visit the Public Space Academy on the Local Project Challenge’s website here.
Public Space Academy is an innovative educational program able to foster a new approach to public space knowledge, based on a strong paradigm: public space is not just a place for consumerism and functionalities, it is the ultimate frontier where societies negotiate their democracy, so it is both a physical space for community interaction and a theoretical concept addressing social justice, equity and civil rights. Public Space Academy is a transformative learning experience aimed at establishing a new approach to urban complexity built around public space. It is intended to spread awareness on the importance of public space culture and to change the mind-set of new generations of global citizens towards a more comprehensive understanding of our cities and societies.
Public Space Academy is powered by City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization based in Italy.