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Universally Accessible Public Spaces for All


S P E C I A L   I S S U E
to be launched at 11th World Urban Forum in Katowice, 26-30 June 2022


This issue, produced in partnership with the World Blind Union in line with the commitments in the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions, seeks to raise awareness and foster learning around universal design, accessibility, and inclusion in public spaces. The issue will collect research articles (academic / max 8.000 words), case studies and viewpoints (non-academic /max 3.000 words), from academia, city professionals, city managers and officials, urban planners and civil society, including organisations of persons with disabilities (OPD).

The primary weight is intended to be on the diversity of persons with disabilities, their participation in designing public spaces, and accessibility in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) including CRPD Article 9, CRPD General Comment 2, Sustainable Development Goal 11, and the New Urban Agenda. Participation, accessibility, and universal design in line with these instruments are often overlooked in discussions and implementation of local projects related to urban spaces impacting enjoyment of rights and equality of opportunities in today’s urban areas. This issue also invites contributions reflecting perspectives on other marginalised groups in urban communities, including older persons, who face and experience accessibility barriers in public spaces. 

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Vol 5 No 4 (2020): Art and Activism in Public Space
Cover image: Just Keep Going_Sanctuary, Ryoko Kose (2018)
Cover image: Just Keep Going_Sanctuary, Ryoko Kose (2018)

Editors: Luisa Bravo, Maggie McCormick and Fiona Hillary

Published: 2020-12-21
  • Reviewing and Speculating on Public Space Futures through a New Lens
    Luisa Bravo, Maggie McCormick, Fiona Hillary
Art and Activism
RMIT University: Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)
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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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