The Public Space Academy’s 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.
All courses are free and require a registration on our custom OpenEdX platform, that will be available at the end of November 2022. Once registered, learners can access different contents:
– Introduction to public space: a 10-hour course, intended to give a general introduction to public space, in theory and practice, through an interdisciplinary approach. At the end of this course a certificate of completion will be issued, upon request. Lectures are recorded in Engligh language;
– Advance learning on public space: a 10-hour course, intended to expand knowledge by providing examples from the Global South and linking to governance and major contemporary challenges. At the end of this course a certificate of completion will be issued, upon request; Lectures are recorded in Engligh language;
– Specialised learning on public space: a collection of 2-3 hour seminars on multiple topics linking public space to contemporary challenges, that will enrich the two previous courses. At the end of each module a certificate of completion will be issued, upon request. Seminars are recorded in different languages;
– Interdisciplinary sessions: high-level interdisciplinary sessions, in different languages, aimed at discussing specific topics or urgent issues related to public space, engaging leading and influential scholars and practitioners. These sessions will be developed in different formats, such as webinars, keynote lectures, dialogues, interviews, and workshops, live streamed and covering different time zones, and will be aimed at engaging a large audience. These sessions are designed to foster public engagement and participation.
The Public Space Academy will address 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 Development that took place in Quito in 2016.
Online contents will be complemented with several face-to-face activities, such as talks, public dialogues, meetings, workshops, and exhibitions, in different cities worldwide, engaging Universities, cultural institutions and NGOs affiliated to City Space Architecture’s global network and who have already expressed their interest to cooperate in the development of the Academy.
A final 10-day workshop will take place during the Summer in Bologna at City Space Architecture headquarters, the Public Space Museum, to apply theoretical concepts delivered through the learning program to some specific case studies on a diverse range of issues related to public space, through a ‘learning by doing’ approach, in collaboration with local organisations, public and private institutions and NGOs.
We cooperate with the best and most influential scholars, professionals and urban innovators.
UN-Habitat’s Public Space Programme was launched in 2012 with the objective to support local governments in creating and promoting socially inclusive, integrated, connected, environmentally sustainable and safe streets and public spaces, especially for the most vulnerable, promoting a better quality of life for all.