The first international OPUS Symposium will be arranged in Stavanger, Norway, June 26th – 28th 2008 as an official event of the Stavanger2008 year as one of the Cultural Capitals of Europe. OPUS 2008 will bring leading designers and researchers together to explore the value and design of open public urban spaces. This urban design symposium will be held in Stavanger Norway as an official event of Stavanger 2008. The symposium will explore how public spaces transform the cultural life of cities and towns including European Capitals of Culture such as Liverpool, Graz, Stockholm, etc. Historic and contemporary projects will be featured and a design workshop will be held to explore their implications for planning and better connecting public open spaces in Stavanger. Emphasis of the symposium will be placed on how public spaces can contribute to a better urban life.