Luisa Bravo
Mirko Guaralda
Hendrik Tieben
Luis Alfonso Saltos Espinoza
Manfredo Manfredini


At Habitat III, the United Nations conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, held in Quito, Ecuador (17-20th October, 2016), we launched the global online campaign 'Stand up for Public Space!' - www.standupforpublicspace.org - which is a research project promoted by City Space Architecture in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, LASE+CityUrb Ecuador and the University of Auckland (QUT Ethics Approval Number 1600000966). The purpose of this project is to foster a discussion on public space as a common good, through the collection of experiences, stories, habits and activities, documenting public space and its users from different geographical contexts. Participation will involve people taking a picture of their favourite public space and sharing it through their own Twitter or Instagram profiles. The project asks people to include also a short description of the picture, in order to know where the selected public space is located, what it means to them and why they would like to share it with a broader public. All entries are to be submitted using the following hashtags:

#standupforpublicspace     and/or     #myfavouritepublicspace

This project intends to provide a good insight of what a public space is for people in different countries and different continents. Data from the research will inform the development of a new taxonomy of public spaces and their uses, which might be useful to inform future planning documents and policies.


How to Cite
Bravo, L., Guaralda, M., Tieben, H., Saltos Espinoza, L. A. and Manfredini, M. (2017) “Stand up for Public Space! A networking event at the Habitat III conference and a global online campaign”, The Journal of Public Space, 2(1), pp. 163–166. doi: 10.5204/jps.v2i1.61.
Author Biographies

Luisa Bravo, City Space Architecture

Luisa Bravo is an architectural engineer and an academic scholar, educated in Italy, France and the UK. After completing her PhD, with a thesis on contemporary urbanism, at University of Bologna in Italy (2008), she has been researching, teaching and lecturing in several Universities, in Italy, UK, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Lebanon, USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Australia. Visiting scholar at IURD - Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California Berkeley (USA, 2012), Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and Design, Lebanese American University in Beirut (Lebanon, 2015), she is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
Luisa is charter member and president of City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization based in Italy that performs as multidisciplinary platform for scholars, professionals, artists and citizens engaged in architecture, public space, cities and urbanity. She is Founding Editor and Journal Manager of ‘The Journal of Public Space’, jointly established by City Space Architecture and the Queensland University of Technology in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programmes.

Mirko Guaralda, Queensland University of Technology

Mirko Guaralda is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology; his background includes experience in architectural design, landscape architecture and urban design. Before joining academia full time, Mirko has been working in industry and local government; he has been involved in a wide range of projects at different scales, from small dwellings and gardens, to new estates and urban strategic planning. Since 2001 Mirko has been involved in research projects in Australia as well as in Italy, his home country, and so far has received over $100,000.00 in funding for his work on cities and communities. He is currently research associate with the Centre for Subtropical Design, the Urban Informatics Research Lab and the Children and Youth Research Centre at QUT.
He is Founding Editor of ‘The Journal of Public Space’, jointly established by City Space Architecture and the Queensland University of Technology in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.

Hendrik Tieben, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hendrik Tieben is an architect, urban designer, and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received his architectural education in Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
In his doctoral dissertation at ETH Zurich he studied the relationship of architecture, history, memory and identity in context of the German reunification. At CUHK, Professor Tieben teaches urban design, theory and criticism. His research focuses on issues of rapid urbanization, urban regeneration, heritage, and identity. Hendrik Tieben is a Founding Member and Academic Advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, a registered architect in Germany (AKNW), and has practiced in Europe and Asia. In his current research, Professor Tieben focuses on urban transformation, heritage and identity in Hong Kong and Macau.

Luis Alfonso Saltos Espinoza, LASE+CityUrb

Luis Alfonso Saltos Espinoza is a graduated architect from the Catholic University of Guayaquil in Ecuador, with a specialization in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He has had professional experience in the public, private and academic sectors, and collaborates with several organizations for the right to the city and public space. He is the general manager of LASE + CityUrb based in Guayaquil, a consulting firm engaged in environmental and social issues related to urban planning and design.

Manfredo Manfredini, University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning

Manfredo studied architecture and urban design in Milan and Berlin. He has been engaged in individual and group research over a wide range of topics in architectural theory and criticism, as well as in design at architectural and urban scales.
Since his graduation from the Milan Technical University, Manfredo has consistently been involved in fundamental and applied research projects, both locally and internationally. After teaching architecture and urban design in Italy, Germany and China, since 2010 he has been teaching architecture and urban design at the University of Auckland.
His current research interests address post-urban spatialisation forms and correlated design aspects, particularly focusing on valorisation, re-qualification and redevelopment of architectural and urban heritage; affordable and special housing; and education in architecture. Each of these areas has been successfully developed in collaboration with international and multi-disciplinary teams, as proven by the track record of consistent publications, successful grants (national and international) and awards (first price Biennale di Venezia, Sironi Group).