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Art and Activism in Public Space - 2020 issue


The next annual Art and Activism in Public Space issue will be published in November 2020. 
The issue will feature artist portfolios and peer reviewed articles from artists, international universities and art institutions that address questions around the role of art practice in public space.

Expressions of interest through abstracts (up to 200 words) are accepted up until 1 May 2020.
The editors will select max 15 proposals. Final submissions are expected no later than 1 September 2020.

This special issue is managed in collaboration with the Section Editors of RMIT University: Master of Arts (Art in Public Space).
Please email abstracts (up to 200 words) to: and, in Cc to


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Vol 5 No 1 (2020): SPECIAL ISSUE: Placemaking in Arab Cities
Cover image: The Egg, Beirut. Protests (2019), day #6. Picture by Louay Kabalan
Cover image: The Egg, Beirut. Protests (2019), day #6. Picture by Louay Kabalan

Guest Editor: Mona Helmy
Managing Editor: Luisa Bravo

Published: 2020-02-08
  • Placemaking in Arab Cities. Realities, Challenges, and Prospects
    Mona Helmy
  • Bridges Over the Nile
    Amir Gohar, G. Mathias Kondolf
  • The Sense of Place: Components and Walkability
    Maryam Marzbani, Jihad Awad, Mahmud Rezaei
  • Translation of Civic Pedagogical Tactics to Critically Produce Public Spaces in Amman
    Amro Yaghi
  • reGREENeration of Historic Cairo
    Natalia Ramírez, Alaa El Habashi
  • Students’ Static Activities in relation to Campus Quad Design and Layout
    Mahbub Rashid, Bushra Obeidat
  • Incorporating Practices of Publicness in Kuwaiti Parks
    Weaam Alabdullah
  • Public Space and Social Polarization
    Ceren Kulkul
  • Sustaining the Liveliness of Public Spaces in El Houma through Placemaking
    Mohamed Yazid Khemri, Alessandro Melis, Silvio Caputo
  • Prospects of Placemaking Progression in Arab cities
    Merham M. Keleg
  • Placemaking Interventions in Palestine as Demonstration Effects on the Ground
    Ahmad El-Atrash
  • The (No-)Public Space. Reviewing the Transformation of Al-Qaed Ibrahim's Urban Image
    Iman Hegazy
  • How People Reclaimed Public Spaces in Beirut during the 2019 Lebanese Uprising
    Wael Sinno
  • Placemaking in Lebanese Cities Hosting Displaced Communities
    Joana Dabaj, Riccardo Luca Conti
  • Double P!
    Therese Chidiac
  • Pedestrianization as a Strategy for Placemaking
    Kamila Ashour, Wael Al-Shamali
  • Placemaking for Coexistence: Child and Community Friendly Space
    Insaf Ben Othmane Hamrouni, Omar Wanas
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"Public space
in cities is a common good, meant to be open, inclusive and democratic, a fundamental human right for everybody."

Dr Luisa Bravo
The Journal of Public Space, Founder and Editor in Chief
City Space Architecture, Founding Member and President
(from the statement submitted at the 26th UN-Habitat Governing Council held in Nairobi, Kenya, 8-12 May 2017)
Stand up for Public Space!  |  UN-Habitat Global Urban Lecture by Dr Luisa Bravo (click here)  |  A global campaign launched at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, 2016 (click here)

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