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.

Read more about the Editorial Team and about our double blind peer review process.


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Parklets, Temporary Uses and Co-creation of Public Space



We invite writings, reflections, research, case studies and photo essays related to parklets, temporary uses and co-creation of public space on a global scale. We invite scholars, designers, planners, urban practitioners, artists and community organisations to make critical and innovative contributions to the understanding of meanings and practices in plural and diverse contexts and climates. We welcome critical perspectives on challenges in policy-making, overbearing bureaucracies, reduced resources for implementation and lack of institutional support in improving conditions of everyday public space.

This issue will collect both full research articles (max 8.000 words), and shorter essays, case studies and photo essays (max 3.000 words).

The best abstract proposals will be selected to be presented at the International Parklet Symposium that will take place in Bologna on 19-20 September 2024, promoted by Museo Spazio Pubblico and co-organized by John Bela (Bela Urbanism), Luisa Bravo (City Space Architecture), Ryan Smolar (PlacemakingUS), Robin Abad Ocubillo (City of Oakland, USA) and Ilaria Salvadori (City of San Francisco, USA).

We have temporarily closed the online submission process


Due to the large number of submissions and the many requests we receive for special issues, we have temporarily closed the online submission process.
We are NOT accepting submissions at this time.
The online submission process will reopen after the summer of 2024.
For those who have already submitted, please check here to see if your article is currently under review.

Vol. 8 No. 3 (2023): Mapping Urban Injustices in Public Space: Challenges and Opportunities

Mapping Urban Injustices in Public Space: Challenges and Opportunities

Guest Editors: Nadia Charalambous and Sabine Knierbein
Managing Editor: Luisa Bravo
in collaboration with: AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures

Published: 2023-12-31

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DISCLAIMER: The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this journal do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries, or regarding its economic system or degree of development. The analysis, conclusions and recommendations of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. Reference in this journal of any specific commercial products, brand names, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by UN-Habitat or its officers, nor does such reference constitute an endorsement of UN-Habitat.

"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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