Leandro Madrazo
Tadeja Zupančič
Maria Irene Aparício


The aim of the A-Place project is to address the problem of placelessness in our multicultural, and interconnected societies from a multidisciplinary and participatory perspective. Artists and creators, educators and students of art and architecture, and cultural agents collaborate with communities in the design and implementation of placemaking activities with the purpose of reinforcing the bonds between people and the places they live in. Activities in locations in several European cities, as well as in digital spaces, have contributed to the creation of a network of places ‒both tangible and intangible ‒ that exploit the multiple dimensions of public space as a stage for leisure, entertainment and education. A sequence of planning, performing, reflecting and evaluating has been applied to the activities carried out in the first year of this four-year project. The outcomes of this first cycle will help to expand the network of places in the coming years of the project. A key issue for the further development of the project is the evaluation of the impact of placemaking activities on the communities.


How to Cite
Madrazo, L., Zupančič, T., Pak, B. and Aparício, M. I. (2022) “Creating a Network of Places with Participatory Actions across Cities and Cultures”, The Journal of Public Space, 7(3), pp. 25–44. doi: 10.32891/jps.v7i3.1453.
Art and Activism
Author Biographies

Leandro Madrazo, La Salle - Ramon Llull University, School of Architecture

A-Place project coordinator, full professor and director of the research group ARC Engineering and Architecture La Salle since its creation in 1999. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (1984), and later studied as Fulbright scholar in the master of architecture programmes at Harvard University and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where he obtained a master’s degree (1988). From 1990 to 1999 he carried out his teaching and research work in the Department of Architecture and CAAD at ETH Zürich, where he obtained his PhD (1995). His teaching focuses on the integration of architecture theory and representation, art and media, as well as on housing studies and design methodology. Among other research projects, he has coordinated HOUSING@21.EU (2003–06), OIKODOMOS (2007–09, 2010–11), and OIKONET (2013-16) projects all of them funded by EACEA. He has been co-coordinator of the PROHABIT (2015-18) and has led the UMVA programme, carried out in conjunction with the Loop Festival, from 2012 to 2017.

Tadeja Zupančič, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture

Tadeja Zupančič (female) is professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture. She is Vice-Dean for research, teaches, supervises PhD-s/post- PhD-s, coordinates EU projects and the doctoral programme at the faculty. She studied architecture at UL and finished her Ph.D. in 1995. Her Ph.D. was a manifesto in favour of urban university integration. Her actual main research themes are promoting practice based and research through design within the integral research tradition in architecture. Her interests are also the cultural dimensions of sustainability and public participation in urban design as an opportunity for life-long action-based learning of all the actors involved. She has just finished coordinatingb the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership CA2RE+(Collective Evaluation of Design-driven Doctoral Tranining). She represents Slovenia in the evaluations of architectural diplomas (Subgroup for Architecture / Group of Coordinators for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications / European Commission). Currently she is a member of the EAAE council (European Association of Architectural Ediucation) and the Advisory Board of eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe).

Burak Pak, KU Leuven

Professor of Collaborative Architectural Design, Collective Spaces and Digital Media at KU Leuven. Burak's research covers an interdisciplinary area between architecture and urban design, participation and digital spatial media. The two main and complementary focus points are exploring and enabling bottom-up participation {in} and {through} reflexive research and design practices.

Maria Irene Aparício, NOVA FCSH - Ifilnova, Nova University of Lisbon

Maria Irene Aparício (Ph.D. in Cinema, New University of Lisbon, 2011) is a researcher of CineLab – Laboratory of Cinema and Philosophy, and an Assistant Professor at Communication Sciences Department, NOVA FCSH – New University of Lisbon. She teaches Cinema and also Artistic Studies. At present she is the PI, in Lisbon, of the Project A-PLACE Linking places through networked artistic practices (607457-CREA-1-2019-1-ES-CULT-COOP2) | EACEA – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency | Creative Europe | European Commission, Coordinated by Professor Leandro Madrazo (La Salle School of Architecture, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona). Currently, her research interests are focused on social and epistemological questions of contemporary arts and cinema, as well as their ethic and aesthetic dimensions. Her research interests include Cinema, Arts, Space and Philosophy (e.g. Film Perception and Cognition, Landscape and Soundscape, etc.); and Film and Memory: History, Ethics, and Aesthetics (e.g. Forms, Space, Time, Social Impact and Emotions, etc.), particularly in relation to both the Other Arts and European Cinema. She is the Book editor of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, and the editor and founder of artciencia.com, Journal of Art, Science and Communication Sciences, an independent project online since 2005.