Within the Regions in Recovery Building. Sustainable Futures - Global E-Festival, 2nd-18th June 2021, the Thematic Group Public Space and Urban Culture has been invited to organize and chair the SS44. AESOP V – What’s going on in Public Spaces and Urban Cultures? Updates on Current Research, Policy and Practice 

The SS44. AESOP V session, held on June 15 from 10:00 am to 18:00 pm CEST is divided into three sub-sessions:

*SS44 I AESOP. Struggles Around Inclusive Public Space: Gender, Care and Safety
Tuesday, June 15, 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM CEST
Chair: Tihomir Viderman, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany

Stefania Ragozino | National Research Council of Italy 
CaSa.Di. Women’s Network for an Inclusive Place-Making

Giuliana Di Mari | Politecnico di Torino 
What Diversity Wants: The 'W' Point

Karina Landman | University of Pretoria 
Unravelling the Fluidity of Identity in Public Spaces in South Africa through an Adaptation of the Genius Loci

Giulia Luciani | University of Rome La Sapienza 
Ca.Sa. - Ca.re and Sa.fety, Feeling at Home in Urban Spaces

*SS44 II AESOP. Infrastructure of Inclusive Public Spaces
Tuesday, June 15, 13:00 PM – 15:00 PM CEST 
Chair: Christine Mady, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon

Antonio Coviello | Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IRISS) 
The Sarno Riverscape: Opportunities for Environmental Remediation and Economic Development at Local, Regional, and European Scales

Łukasz Drozda | University of Warsaw 
Pandemic Urbanism from a Global Perspective: Between Urban Policy and Design

Anubhav Goyal | University of Lisbon 
Flood Resilience in Urban Slums: Learning from Dharavi

Andreas Savvides | University of Cyprus 
Regeneration of Enclaved and Underutilized Industrial Areas in the Urban Core - a Report from Cyprus

Dana Taplin | NYC Department of Environmental Protection 
The Optimism of the Urban Landscape Park: Examples from Brooklyn and Boston

*SS44 III AESOP. The Making of Inclusive Public Spaces
Tuesday, June 15, 16:00 PM – 18:00 PM CEST 
Chair: Stefania Ragozino, National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development, Italy

Giulia Ciliberto| CNR-IRISS National Research Council of Italy 
Prima-Vera Campana and Migrants’ Access to Social Services: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Foster the Enjoyment of their Socio-Economic Rights

Beatrice Galimberti | Politecnico di Milano 
Public Spaces within Uncertainty: Exploring the Antifragile Strategies of Contemporary Design Processes to Discuss our Present Time

Aseem Inam| Cardiff University 
Co-Designing Publics

Kundani Makakavhule|University of Pretoria 
The Meaning of Democratic Public Space in South Africa: Going Beyond the Critique


Regions and cities appear to have been shaped through responses to a series of challenges and crises, including health or climate hazards, interruptions in economic growth, political upheavals or social transformations. Urban scholars and policy-makers frequently observe and engage with public spaces as arenas which embody both the challenges and responses. The challenges have been articulated in themes such as accessibility, healthy living, democracy, justice, social movements. Against a seemingly bleak outlook, public spaces and urban cultures also nurture optimistic responses. ‘The New Urban Agenda’, adopted by the UN-Habitat Conference, Habitat III, promotes public space as a key ingredient of ‘inclusive, connected, safe and accessible’ cities (UN Habitat, 2016).

This special session on “What’s going on in public spaces and urban cultures? Updates on current research, policy and practice” asks how public spaces can inform research, policy and practice towards creating ‘inclusive, connected, safe and accessible’ cities.

Contributions are invited, but are not limited to address one of the following topics:

  • Changing typologies and roles of players and actors: multiplicity of publics and public space cultures, arenas for rebuilding participation
  • Public spaces and changes: climate change, social movements, circular economy;
  • Changing needs and roles: homelessness, refugees, immigrants and integration, age, gender, social, cultural, ethnic and religious considerations and urban justice;
  • Questioning the global north-south divide and public space dynamics;
  • Changing role of public spaces in political conflict zones;
  • Changing environmental awareness: public space as a buffer zone, contribution to public health (mental and physical well-being);
  • Changing intangible cultural heritage: adapting the genius loci to multiple and dynamic cultural identities;
  • The impact of technological innovation on public space research and practice.


The E-Festival includes a rich program accessible here

Registration is required to take part in all E-festival events. You can do it (free of charge) here