TRIA ISSUE N. 32 (June 2024)





Embracing Public Space and Urban Cultures:

Understanding and Acting on Complexity of Contemporary Cities

Guest co-editors: Gabriella Esposito (CNR-IRISS, Italy), Christine Mady (Aalto University, Finland), Stefania Ragozino (CNR-IRISS, Italy)


The contemporary city undergoes continuous anthropic pressures and multiple crises that make it an organism in continuous transformation, which is complex to understand. The public realm and the socio-spatial dynamics at the urban scale can be an expression of this complexity when observed from the different perspectives that are integrated in urban studies and with multiple methods that deepen and foster the relational dynamics between the physical environment and those who inhabit and manage it.

The understanding of urban cultures, in their multiple expressions, is realised through the interpretation of the cultural practices recorded in urban spaces, which allows for the updating of concepts in the field of social theory. Moreover, urban cultures provide an understanding of the relationships between cultural phenomena and urban transformations, to implement knowledge in the analytical phase of territorial governance processes.

This issue proposes to focus on the binomial public space – urban culture to both contextualise phenomena related to distributed inequalities, conflicts, and forms of socio-spatial segregation, and to reflect and integrate forms of social innovation and processes of self-determination, the constitution of talents, tendencies, and competences, which contribute to the complex transformation of the city.

We invite empirical, theoretical and methodological papers from young or established academics interested in contributing to this discussion on ‘public space – urban cultures’.


Submission instructions:

Authors must send their full papers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31st March 2024. They can be written in Italian, English and Spanish while following the attached editorial rules. Articles will be subject to the regular double-blind refereeing process (April-May 2024) used by the journal. Selected articles will be published by the end of June 2024.



To enable the implementation of the peer review process and the subsequent layout of articles that will pass the review, the authors have to send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the following 2 documents:

1. FILE OF THE PAPER, prepared according to the Microsoft Word format, containing:

  • Title in text language (one of the following languages: English / Italian / Spanish)
  • Title in English
  • Author: name, surname, affiliation of the authors (Department, University, etc..). If there are more authors the affiliations and references must be specified.
  • Keywords in English: maximum five.
  • Abstract in English: the abstract must contain maximum 1.500 characters (white spaces included).
  • Abstract in Italian: the abstract must contain maximum 1.500 characters (white spaces included).
  • Paper text: the text may consist of 20.000-30.000 characters (white spaces included). The text must contain all the pictures, tables and graphs in low resolution.
  • Citations in the text: all references must be included in quotation marks without italics and caps.
  • Quotes: quotes must be included within the text and their references have to be placed at the bottom of the text
  • References in the text: bibliographic citations within the text, must always be reported with the author's name and year of publication, all in parentheses. For example (Rossi, 2010). All references will be given in the bibliography in the appendix to the article.
  • Reference images: for each image included in the article is necessary to indicate the source and any authorizations received to their use
  • Authors Profile: a short curriculum in English in Microsoft Word format of 500 characters (white space included).
  • References: all the references in the text, in footnotes and in annex to the text, must be formatted as indicated below:

BOOKS:     Rossi M. (2008), Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, "The Wise", V, Italian Scientific Publishing, Naples

ARTICLES in JOURNAL:  Rossi M. (2008), "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet," Tria, 1, 06/2008, Italian Scientific Publishing, Naples, pp 15-22

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS, PROCEEDINGS, PAPERS IN COLLECTIVE WORKS:   Rossi M. (2008), "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet," in AAVV Public Works and Landscape, edited by Nicholas Green, vol. 3, Italian Scientific Publishing, Naples


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