Update 17 August 2020, 11:27:29 AM.


Cities Learning from Pandemics

Thursday August 20, 2.00 - 3.30pm CET
Series 4 (August) - Webinar 3

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


Hosts and Moderators

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

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



Ian Morley, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 

Ana MedinaUniversidad de Las Américas, Ecuador

Ayanda Roji, City of Johannesburg’s Parks and Zoo Agency, South Africa

Jason Luger, Northumbria University, United Kingdom


Cecilia Andersson, UN-Habitat, Manager of the Global Public Space Programme

Round Table Discussion, moderated by Luisa Bravo and Hendrik Tieben

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


Ian Morley

Ian Morley is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. He has published widely on the design of built environments in the late-1800s and early-1900s, participated in TV documentaries for The Discovery Channel and Voom!, as well as been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal AsiaThe Los Angeles TimesSoutheast Asia GlobeLa Stampa and the US’ National Public Radio. In 2020 his book American Colonisation and the City Beautiful was awarded the IPHS-Koos Bosma Prize in Planning History Innovation. He currently is an editorial board member of the Brill book series Studies in Architecture and Urban History, an editorial board member of Planning Perspectives as well as Membership Secretary of the International Planning History Society. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University College Dublin (Ireland), the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), and Free University Berlin (Germany).


Ana Medina 

PhD architect, Master in Collective Housing, experimental designer for extreme contexts, urban design and public space. Ana Medina is currently Researcher and Professor at Universidad de Las Américas, Quito-Ecuador, where she teaches Architecture and Urban Design and is visiting teacher at post-graduate programs local and internationally. Ana researches the cognition, experience and reciprocity of architectural space, bodies and movement through dissident spatial practices. She works between R+LAB in Quito, Hypermedia at UPM (Madrid) and CO+LABO at Keio University (Tokyo). Ana speaks at and organizes international architecture workshops and performances; has collaborated on a number of multidisciplinary projects and architectural design contests and her work has been exhibited in different cities throughout the world. She has published papers and book chapters in an array of research fields.


Ayanda Roji 

Ayanda Roji is the Head of Research and Knowledge Management Department at the City of Johannesburg’s Parks and Zoo Agency in South Africa. Ayanda is a social scientist passionate about people-centered public spaces that connect people from diverse backgrounds. Her focus is on how shared spaces are designed and built in a manner that struck to the heart of the place no matter where that is. Among other projects, Ayanda currently coordinates the Centre on African Public Spaces (CAPS) project, a learning and advocacy platform for preserving and reimagining African public spaces through collaborative research, teaching and training, community mobilization and knowledge exchange. CAPS is a collaborative initiative led by the City of Johannesburg in partnership  with several African city councils, universities and civil society organisations. Ayanda holds a Master’s degree in Local and Regional Development from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in the Netherlands.


Jason Luger

Jason Luger is a senior lecturer in the department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University.  His research focuses on the politics of urban space, especially the concept of right-wing or 'illiberal' urban space, and the relationship between online and offline public space. His doctoral research explored authoritarian state-society relations in the context of Singapore: specifically, the role of different types of urban spaces (online and offline) for civil society activism under authoritarianism, using a Lefebvrian framework. He is currently working on a research and book project on the topic of the illiberal city, which considers the questions of illiberal urban space in a global comparative perspective. 


Cecilia Andersson

Cecilia Andersson is an urban and regional planner trained at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. Thereafter, she worked at the Urban Division at the Swedish International Development Co‐operation Agency before joining UN‐Habitat in 2001 as a Human Settlements Officer with the Safer Cities Program. In 2014, she moved to the Urban Planning and Design Branch of UN‐Habitat as the Manager of the Global Public Space Program. The Program helps to improve capacity of local government institutions and communities, establishment of local and global networks and partnerships, support the development of local and national policy and development of city‐wide strategies and pilot/demonstration projects, knowledge management, advocacy and tools and provides expertise and advice to on‐going projects by local government in order to increase the impact and improve dimensions of inclusion and leverage public space as a development tool.


>>> 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'