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Give Us Space! Augmented public space geographies in the changing public/private relationships

Abstract

The aim of this article is to reflect on and share the findings of the Networking Event ‘Give us Space: Augmented public space geographies in the changing public/private relationships.’ The Event addressed emerging spatial issues in the production of the public realm of contemporary cities. This topic has been at the centre of the discourse on urbanism in both humanities and social sciences for decades, reflecting the increasing interest in spatial problems that have contributed to the crisis of public life in the socioeconomic, cultural and political spheres. The recent pervasion of spatial privatisation and public sphere mediatisation processes require a refoundation of this discourse. 
The discussions addressed some of the key areas of concern raised by the New Urban Agenda (NUA) related to open space, focusing on socio-spatial problems in the pervading production of semi-public spaces in contexts of rapid urbanization. Using a comparative urbanism perspective that highlighted the expanding role of digital geography, it elaborated upon specific Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These are the goals concerned with good health and well-being (3), reduced inequalities (10), sustainable cities and communities (11), and partnerships for the goals (17). 
The event created a platform for knowledge exchange and networking amongst stakeholders. This aimed to 1) build capacity in both research and practice; 2) identify problems, limitations, and opportunities with respect to the various actors and stakeholders of urban public space; 3) highlight issues concerning less advantaged groups in society: children, youth and elderly, ‘differently-able,’ indigenous people, marginalized genders, migrants and socioeconomically deprived people.

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Pages:171 to 178
Section: Reports from 9th World Urban Forum
How to Cite
Manfredini, M., Lo, A. and Reeves, D. (2018) “Give Us Space! Augmented public space geographies in the changing public/private relationships”, The Journal of Public Space, 3(1), pp. 171-178. doi: 10.5204/jps.v3i1.327.

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Author Biographies

University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning
New Zealand New Zealand

Dr Manfredo studied Architecture and Urbanism in Milan, Berlin, and Rome. His core area of expertise is at the intersection of comparative urbanism and architectural design. He taught at leading global schools, such as Tsinghua University Beijing and Milan Technical University, and currently works at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Hunan University, China, where he is Honorary Professor. His research leadership has been recognised by numerous publications (100+ papers, some in high impact journals), invited presentations at leading global universities (e.g. University of Stuttgart and Peking University), major international events (e.g., UN-Habitat 3, Rome Biennale of Public Space and Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Shenzhen - Hong Kong) and important and awards (e.g. first prize at the Biennale di Venezia). Over the years he collaborated with prominent educators and designers, such as Colin Fournier (Archigram and The Bartlett, UCL), Andrea Branzi (Archizoom and Milan Technical University) and Ulisse Staccioli (Brera Fine Arts College, Milan).

University of Auckland
New Zealand New Zealand

Adrian Lo completed his PhD in Architecture at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he also did his Bachelors. His research focuses on the processes and issues relating to space making, particularly the condition of interstitiality and in-between spaces in architecture and urbanism, such as that of Peter Eisenman, Aires Mateus, and urbanscapes in Hong Kong and Kathmandu. Currently a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland, he has practiced in Hong Kong, and has held teaching positions in New Zealand and Nepal, teaching architectural and urban design, history-theory, and final year theses.

University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning
New Zealand New Zealand

Dr. Dory Reeves is a chartered town planner from Ireland (north), a fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and an Associate of the New Zealand Planning Institute. In May 2018 she was elected as co-chair to the Research and Academic Partner Constituency Group of the General Assembly of Partners, a global platform working on sustainable urban development. She is a member of the recently formed Women in Urbanism in New Zealand. She has worked in planning and associated areas since 1981 starting off in the public sector at metropolitan level in the UK; moving to higher education in 1994 (visiting Professor at Queens University Belfast 2000-2003) and from 2003-2008 worked for Reeves Associates. Her professional practice experience has involved citywide policy planning and public engagement in planning. Her teaching has mirrored this experience and research has been directed towards mainstreaming equality into planning, better preparing built environment professionals to work with Maori, developing students’ public involvement skills, planning management and creative solution finding. Her recent book is entitled Management Skills for Planners, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. She is currently working on a NSC11 MBIE funded project with Manfredo Manfredini on semi-public spaces.

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