Shibuya crossing, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Ratapan Anantawat on Unsplash


Tactical urbanism as a crisis response and as mobiliser for systemic change 

Thursday September 3, 12.00 - 1.30pm CET
Series 5 (September) - 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

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


Graeme Hanssen, Human Power Initiative, Yasar University, Turkey

J. Antonio Lara-Hernandez, Institute of Mobility and Urban Territorial Development in Yucatan, Urban Resilience Research, Mexico

Rossella Ferorelli, Municipality of Milan / SMALL - Soft Metropolitan Architecture & Landscape Lab, Italy

Boopsie MaranPlaces for Good, New Zealand

Pritika Akhil Kumar, Co:Lab, India

Paula López Barba, Imagina Madrid, Spain


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



Graeme Hanssen studied architecture in Australia and business management in Denmark, but a career path  has taken him in the direction of general design, focusing on urbanism over recent years. Currently lecturing at one of the better-recognised universities in Western Turkey, Yasar University. As a ‘life-time’ cyclist, he has commuted and toured tens of thousands of kilometres in a wide variety of socio-cultural environments. He founded the Human Power Initiative at Yasar University; is acknowledged as the inventor for several different patents held by the university, [he is a TED-talker on connectivity and urbanism] was one of the founding members of the university’s Incubation Centre, and contributor to the Centre for Mediterranean Studies on sustainability and urban resilience. Also speaker on mentoring for start-ups at innovation conferences in Palestine, Chicago, and Austin, for example. He is s the designer for a current patent-application about a continuous self-charging device for e-bikes.

J. Antonio Lara-Hernandez has more than five years’ experience as a registered architect and urban designer and a chartered member of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Merida (Mexico). In addition, he was a co-founder of the IMPLAN-Merida (Municipal Institute of Urban Planning in Merida City). His research and professional experience include works in Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand and United Kingdom. He focuses on research topics related to informality in the urban landscape, as well as studies on urban sustainability and resilience in the context of world heritage city centres. His research interests are in the field of resilience and the temporary appropriation as an informal process of the urban landscape. Antonio is a member of the curatorial team of the Italian Pavilion of the Architecture Biennale 2020 lead by Prof Alessandro Melis. Dr. Lara-Hernandez is also collaborating at the Research Centre for Sustainable Cities in Campeche (Mexico) and the Cluster of Sustainable Cities in the University of Portsmouth (UK). Antonio has published several academic articles on the impact of the transformation of the built environment at the streetscape level towards the diversity of temporary appropriation in world heritage city centres. Currently, he is the Head of Department of Urban Resilience Research at the Institute of Mobility and Urban Territorial Development in Yucatan, Mexico. 

Rossella Ferorelli (1984), PhD in Architectural and Urban Design at Politecnico di Milano, researches around the evolution of the interaction between information, biopolitics and the built environment. She collaborated with magazines like Domus and Abitare, had didactic roles at Politecnico di Milano, writes and lectures regularly. Since 2011, she is a founding member of SMALL - Soft Metropolitan Architecture & Landscape Lab, architecture and urban design office and open platform based in Bari and Milan, investigating on the contemporary urban condition through different research forms. Since 2019, she works as Urban Designer at Comune di Milano, managing European Institute of Technology (EIT) funded projects related with public space and active mobility.

Boopsie Maran is the founder and director of Places for Good, a collaborative of community advocates, planners, landscape architects, activators, and community-minded, team-players applying resilience and grit to projects across Tāmaki Makuarau / Auckland. The driving force behind her mahi (work) is her commitment to share her global experience and apply a fresh perspective to local projects with, strategic localised engagement, and a willingness to fail in order to mitigate change. It is the small neighbourhood actions and interactions that can lead to huge transformations. Her tactical urbanism work places a significant priority on action-oriented partnerships with schools, artists, and citizen-experts. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Auckland Faculty of Education & Social work on the topics of Te Reo Integration in the classroom and climate resiliency. She is a PlacemakingX Regional Network Leader and Speaker at the International Placemaking Week, Chattanooga, Tennessee: Cross Cultural Relationships and Honouring Indigenous Knowledge, October 2019. 
She is member of the  Australasian Placemaking Forum, Women in Urbanism Aotearoa, and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui ki Tamaki Makaurau Covid-19 Response and Strategy Ropu (Team).
Boopsie was educated at UC Berkeley and UCLA, BA (2004) and at the University of Auckland, MA (2019).

Pritika Akhil Kumar is a practicing architect and urbanist. She is the founder of the recently established design and research collaborative, Co:Lab, based in Chennai, India. Having graduated from the Sheffield School of Architecture in 2017, Pritika currently researches the themes of identity and democracy in public space through participatory spatial explorations. She has presented research papers at international conferences such as the RC21 Conference in Delhi, India and the International Conference on Future Cities in Roorkee, India. Previously, she has also worked on several topics including urban governance, climate change and heritage management while working with reputed Indian and international research organisations.

Paula López Barba is a Spanish architect graduated from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), specialized in socio-environmental projects, public space and communication. Through journalism practice she is in contact with city dynamics and agents and she produces material for international media outlets and organizations. Since 2006 she collaborates with architecture and urban design companies, in addition to independently designing and building architectural and artistic interventions, pavilions and furniture. She has worked mainly in Barcelona, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro and some of her projects have been selected for awards from institutions such as Premis FAD or Col·legi Oficial d'Arquitectes de Catalunya. She has lectured about architecture and socio-environmental issues at prestigious organizations and universities such as Madrid Design Festival, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Río+20 United Nations, Studio X GSAPP Columbia University, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Placemaking Latinoamérica or Landscape Structures Inc.


>>> Recorded video of the webinar

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