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The Impact of the Pandemic to Street Life, Urban Culture and Beyond

Thursday August 6, 2.00 - 3.30pm CET
Series 4 (August) - Webinar 1

This webinar is part of the initiative '2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic'.
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Event Managers

Ying Fen Chen & Stephanie Cheung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong



Luisa Bravo, City Space Architecture & The Journal of Public Space, Italy

Hendrik Tieben, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture, Hong Kong

Maurice Harteveld, Delft University of Technology, Urban Design | Public Space, The Netherlands



Maurice Harteveld, Delft University of Technology, Urban Design | Public Space, The Netherlands



Angeliki Anagnostou, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Fabiano Micocci and Vaso Trova, University of Thessaly, Department of Architecture, Greece

Edna Peza, Université de Paris, France

Vikas Mehta, University of Cincinnati, United States


Round Table Discussion, moderated by Maurice Harteveld, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Q&A with the audience, moderated by Ying Fen Chen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Maurice Harteveld

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 and interdisciplinary understanding of ‘human space’, this work is still adding to the reposition of design theory. Publications following his early work on ‘interior public space’ and ‘interior urbanism’ (since 2005) are awarding and can be seen as recognition. Whereas his current oeuvre, brings urban design back to its fundamental interdisciplinary nature; - in the overlap of cultural anthropology, social geography, and environmental psychology; - and in a non-structural way; bringing city and citizens together. In doing so, he specifically clarifies future challenges for designers, planners and policy makers, and he reframes histories from the questions we have today. He does this within the Delft Design for Values Institute, DIMI, and among others Leiden•Delft•Erasmus alliance. He also works at the Architects Registration Board of The Netherlands and he is a guest professor at various foreign universities.


Angeliki Anagnostou

Angeliki Anagnostou is a registered Architect Engineer in the Technical Chamber of Greece and Urban Designer, graduated from Delft University of Technology. She is currently working as Public Space Designer for the Municipality of Amsterdam. Her diverse educational background and her work experience, both in Greece and the Netherlands has provided herwith a wide range of skills in Architecture, Urban and Landscape Design. She has a strong research orientation, which she likes to combine with design in practice. Her research interests concern mainly the appropriation and the meaning of public space with an emphasis on socio-cultural aspects and locality. People, the users of public space, are her priority and her wish is to make them feel welcome and happy by using public spaces and buildings in their cities.  


Fabiano Micocci

Fabiano Micocci graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Roma Tre in 2002 where he also specialized in 'History of the Design Process' (2003). He obtained his PhD degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Florence (2010). Ηe is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture at the University of Thessaly, in Greece, and previously he taught at the University of Florence, Lebanese American University and Portsmouth University/Metropolitan College of Athens. He also participated as Visiting Professor and Tutor in many international workshop and summer schools. He is co-founder of the architecture office NEAR architecture (, a practice focused on design and research based in Athens and Rome.


Vaso Trova

Architect (1986), MSc UCL (1989). Professor of Architecture and Urban Design in University of Thessaly (UTH). Head of the Department of Architecture UTH 2016-2020. Visiting Professor at London South Bank University (2008), Politecnico di Milano (2004-2016), Universidade Lusofona Lisbon (2006-2016), Visiting Teacher at the AA London (2002). EAAE Council member 2014-2015. As a practicing architect, she has designed and implemented various projects in Greece, she has won prizes in architectural competitions and has participated in exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Her research focuses on design issues in reference to contemporary urban phenomena, mobility and temporary inhabitation, urban landscapes, urban networks and their relation to the designed space.


Edna Peza

Edna Peza is a researcher at the Université de Paris, specializing on safe public spaces through bottom-up solutions and design. She has more than 8 years of experience in applied research and consulting with authorities and citizens on public space projects and public policy in several countries.


Vikas Mehta

Vikas Mehta, PhD, is a Professor of Urbanism, the Fruth/Gemini chair and Ohio Eminent Scholar of urban/environmental design at the School of Planning, University of Cincinnati. His work focuses on the role of design and planning in creating a more responsive, equitable, and communicative environment. He is interested in various dimensions of urbanity through the exploration of place as a social and ecological setting and as a sensorial art. Dr. Mehta has authored and edited books, book chapters, and papers on numerous topics including urban design pedagogy, public space, urban streets, neighborhoods, retail, signage and visual identity, public space in the Global south and more. His book, The Street: A Quintessential Social Public Space (Routledge) received the 2014 Book Award from the Environmental Design Research Association. Dr. Mehta holds degrees in architecture, urban design and city planning.


>>> Recorded video of the webinar

All our webinars are recorded and are available on the Youtube channel of our publisher City Space Architecture.
Watch this one and our future videos on City Space Architecture's Youtube playlist '2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic'