The Journal of Public Space (ISSN 2206-9658) is a research project developed by City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization based in Italy, in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, based in Kenya.
The Journal of Public Space is the first, international, interdisciplinary, academic, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space. It speaks different languages and is open to embrace diversity, inconvenient dialogues and untold stories, from cross-disciplinary fields and all countries, especially from those that usually do not have voice, overcoming the Western-oriented approach that is leading the current discourse.
As a proper public space, The Journal of Public Space is free, accessible and inclusive, both for authors and readers, providing a platform for emerging and consolidated researchers, including also professionals, artists and community leaders; it is intended to foster research, showcase best practices and inform discussion about the more and more important issues related to public spaces in our changing and evolving societies.

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Public Space and Placemaking. Evaluating the Impact on Youth Health and Wellbeing


S P E C I A L   I S S U E
to be launched at 12th World Urban Forum in Cairo, Egypt, Nov 4-8th, 2024


The Journal of Public Space is looking for peer reviewers to contribute to the development of this special issue focusing on youth health and wellbeing.
Peer reviewers are supposed to provide comments on submitted full papers, in regard of structure, legibility and originality, with feedbacks to existing literature and/or key research studies, initiatives and policies, to help authors to improve the quality of their work.

Public Space and Placemaking. Evaluating the Impact on Youth Health and Wellbeing


S P E C I A L   I S S U E
to be launched at 12th World Urban Forum in Cairo, Egypt, Nov 4-8th, 2024


This issue will contribute to the Young Gamechangers Initiative (YGI) led by UN-Habitat and founded by Fondation Botnar. This initiative aims to improve young people’s urban health and well-being through their active digital engagement in urban governance and the design of inclusive public spaces. Specifically, this call for papers seeks articles, research, and personal stories that assess the impact of youth engagement in designing public spaces, focusing on their health and well-being, the relationship to city governance, the application of digital technology, and the interface with city systems.

Vol. 7 No. 3 (2022): Art and Activism in Public Space

Art and Activism in Public Space

Editors: Luisa Bravo, Maggie McCormick, Fiona Hillary

Published: 2022-12-31

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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)

The Journal of Public Space is a non-profit project. We produce public knowledge on public space. We don't ask for APCs (Article Processing Charges) to our authors. Nobody is paying, neither for publishing nor for reading. Our Editor in Chief and our Editorial Team are not paid, they all volunteer their time to accomplish our mission.
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