The first, free, interdisciplinary educational program aimed at establishing a new approach to urban complexity built around public space.

A transformative learning experience with the best and most influential scholars, professionals and urban innovators.

Join the official launch at the 11th World Urban Forum in Katowice on 28 June 2022

Top: Boa Mistura, SISI NI MASHUJAA (in Swahili means “We are heroes”), Nairobi, Kenya (2016). Read more here.

Middle: Dan Goronszy, Exhibition of Cares, Balaclava, Australia (2018). Photographer Theresa Harrison. Read more here.

Down: Plastique Fantastique, Loud Shadows | Liquid Events, Oerol Festival, Terschelling, The Netherlands. Read more here.

The Public Space Academy is promoted by City Space Architecture, a non-profit organisation based in Italy, in partnership with the Ove Arup Foundation and with the generous contribution of UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme.

It performs as an advocacy programme aimed at including public space as a priority in urban agendas of local governments, while educating citizens and providing expertise in the discussion with public and private institutions and local stakeholders, especially in regard of laws and policies for design, implementation, and management.

Contents are designed to be rich and diverse, intended to frame contemporary urban complexity, with multiple levels of understandings and interpretations, and to link public space to a large number of topics and issues, spanning from economy, environment, tourism, mobility to art, participation, social inclusion and beyond.

The Public Space Academy is able to expand understanding on how public space is a crucial asset for sustainable development, both as a top-down/expert-led activity and as a bottom-up/citizen-led practice.

Top: Boa Mistura, GEOLOGICAL SKIN, Antofagasta, Chile (2016).

Middle: Playground at Place des Vosges, Paris.

Down: CityUps, FESTA, Christchurch, New Zealand (2014).

The global community of public space lovers of City Space Architecture coming together in Rome in 2015 on the occasion of the Biennaial of Public Space for the first workshop of MaPS. Mastering Public Space. Read more here.

The Public Space Academy 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 is more and more involved in a technical and political process dealing with land use, environment, infrastructure networks, social issues and policy making, in response also to global trends such as massive urbanisation and privatisations. Multidisciplinary analytical skills, an open-minded expertise and a more informed approach are required to face a fast-changing urban world, focused on public life and urban well-being, and based on a strong partnership with local communities and active citizens, also including the private sector. 

Left: prostoRož, Map of Wishes, a 150 sqm large carpet in front of Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Ljubljana (2011). Read more here.

Right: prostoRož, Meeting Places Skopje (2014)

The global community of public space lovers of City Space Architecture coming together in Rome in 2015 on the occasion of the Biennaial of Public Space for the first workshop of MaPS. Mastering Public Space. Read more here.

The Public Space Academy fosters intercultural dialogues, programs and initiatives led by youth, engaging promising urban and community leaders, with the goal to inspire and empower a new generation of urban thinkers and innovators who are willing to become agents of change in their own cities and communities.

It will be developed through the creation of a collaborative learning environment for the exchange of theoretical contents and the design of practical solutions, learning from the best and most influential scholars, professionals and urban innovators.

The Public Space Academy has been 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, 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 Urban 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’. Read more here.

Back: Boa Mistura, NIERIKA, Guadalajara, Mexico (2017). Read more here.

Down: prostoRož, Savsko Naselje Neighbourhood. Photo credit: Matjaž Tančič. Read more here.

The Public Space Academy addresses major contemporary challenges, such as global commitments included in the Agenda 2030 with the Sustainable Development Goals and in the New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that took place in Quito in 2016.

The Public Space Academy is developed with the generous contribution of UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme.

Join our global community of public space advocates, join City Space Architecture and stand up with us for public space!

– Dr Luisa Bravo, Founder and Director of the Public Space Academy

 

#standupforpublicspace is a global campaign promoted by City Space Architecture and launched at the Habitat III conference in Quito. Read more here and join the campaign!

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