Maurice Harteveld
Hendrik Tieben


This issue of The Journal of Public Space explores the relationship between public space and entrepreneurship. The ideas developed during the Habitat III Conference in Quito, when considering: How to implement the ambitious aims of the New Urban Agenda in context of the current socio-economic realities and to reach a fairer share of the benefits brought by urbanisation? In December 2017, the organisation of the 10th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong offered an opportunity to discuss such questions with international scholars and professionals. The papers in this special issue originated from this conference and later submissions to The Journal of Public Space.


How to Cite
Harteveld, M. and Tieben, H. (2019) “Public Space in the Entrepreneurial City”, The Journal of Public Space, 4(2), pp. 1–8. doi: 10.32891/jps.v4i2.1201.
Author Biographies

Maurice Harteveld, Delft University of Technology

Maurice Harteveld has an uninterrupted focus on public space, particularly related to urban design and the architecture of the city. Although, at the current, this focus is shifting slowly to a more intercultural understanding of ‘human space’, hence ‘urban design for people’, this work is still adding to the reposition of urban design theory. The number of publications following his work on ‘interior public space’ and ‘interior urbanism’ (since 2005) are awarding and can be seen as such recognition. His international oeuvre, both in research and in education, brings urban design back to its fundamental interdisciplinary nature in the overlap of responsibilities, though in a non-structural way and particularly transdisciplinary, with users involved. In doing so, he specifically clarifies future challenges for designers based on socio-spatial dynamics. Synchronically, he reframes histories from the questions we have today. He does this from Delft University of Technology, DIMI, Delft Design for Values, and among others AMS Institute. He also works at the Architects Registration Board of The Netherlands and he is a guest at various foreign universities.

Hendrik Tieben, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hendrik TIEBEN is an architect and Associate Director of the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Prof Tieben’s research and teaching are devoted to the creation of livable, healthy and resilient cities. In recent years, his particular focus has been the study of public space, placemaking and community empowerment. Hendrik Tieben has been a visiting scholar at the Technical University Berlin and the University of Auckland (2018).
Over the last years, he co-organised three Urban Thinker Campus Events to help implementing the UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda in Hong Kong. His currently ongoing research projects are the WUN project “Analyzing the Role of Urban Form in the Creation of Healthy Cities” in collaboration with University of Auckland and University of Sydney, and the project “Built Environment and Planning for Healthy Cities” at CUHK. Hendrik Tieben’s research has been published in a range of international journals. He serves on the boards of The Journal of Public Space and the ICE Journal Urban Design and Planning. Hendrik Tieben also is a registered architect in Germany, a founding member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design and an International Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects.


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