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Our Future Cities: public space initiatives, innovative policies and creative actions to recover during and after the pandemic

Thursday September 24, 2.00 - 3.30pm CET
Series 5 (September) - Webinar 4

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 & 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


Husam Al Waer, University of Dundee, School of Social Sciences, Scotland

Sabine Knierbein, TU Vienna, Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Austria

Rashiq Fataar, Our Future Cities, South Africa



Frank D'hondt, Secretary General, ISOCARP, The Netherlands


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



Husam Al Waer is an urbanist with a background in "Architecture, Urban Planning and Sustainability", who writes and speaks extensively on making better places. He is an award-winning author and curator of events, focussing on issues of place making and urban design practice and their social impacts. He is an educator, facilitator and moderates events nationally and internationally. He is a Reader in Sustainable Urban Design in the School of Social Sciences (Architecture + Urban Planning), University of Dundee, having previously researched and taught at Reading and Liverpool universities. He is the MA Urban Planning Programmes Director. He has a passionate interest in the future of sustainable places, and towns, in particular the development of new thinking on processes and methods to unlock sustainable urbanism and the way these processes are facilitated and managed. His work sits at the intersection of disciplines (sustainability, urbanism, urban design, architecture, anthropology), the intersection of spatial scales including their core and periphery (Buildings, Streets, Neighbourhoods, and Cities), and at the intersection of theoretical and contemporary thoughts, policies and applications.

Sabine Knierbein is Associate Professor for Urban Culture and Public Space at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning,  TU Wien in Austria since 2016. Since December 2008 she is in charge of the scientific development, the structural establishment and management and the further consolidation of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. Between 2008 and 2018 the centre was rooted as an Arbeitsbereich of the Department of Spatial Planning (E280.A1), while it operates within the Future.Lab of the Faculty for Architecture and Planning since 2019 (E285-02). As head of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Spacd, and supported by an engaged team, Sabine Knierbein realizes further activities such as academic networking, acquiring third party funding and publishing, editing and reviewing scientific publications and projects on an international scale. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemics in spring 2020, Knierbein was appointed Visiting Professor for Urban Political Geography at the Social Geography Lab (LAGeS) at the Department of History, Archeology, Geography, Arts and Performance (SAGAS) of the University of Florence in Italy.

Rashiq Fataar is the founder of Our Future Cities, a non-profit organization that creates platforms to inspire dialogue about the urban development of Cape Town and other cities. As an independent consultant, speaker and writer, Rashiq works at the intersection of urbanism, new media and economics. He holds an Actuarial Science from the University of Cape Town and currently serves on the Board of Cape Town Tourism. Fataar is also the founder and Managing Director of Future Cape Town, an urban think-tank which, in light of the demands of urbanization, advocates for more pro-active thinking about the future of cities. He founded Future Cape Town as a platform to inspire citizens and stimulate debate about the future of Cape Town. Rashiq is passionate about urban economic development, inspirational spaces and exploring the world – its people, landscapes and the next best urban ideas. He regularly shares his insights on urbanism and cities, locally and abroad; writing for various publications, as a speaker at events, a new media consultant and online at Future Cape Town.

Frank D'hondt is founding member and director of the Territorial Capital Institute, a knowledge-based platform to exchange theory and praxis of integrated territorial development and placemaking, drawing upon his experiences on localising the New Urban Agenda and the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. Frank has worked 15 years in the European Union, mainly on cross-border and transnational planning issues, followed by another 15 years outside the EU, including Kosovo, Palestine, Nepal, Afghanistan, Arab Emirates, Kenya, Myanmar, China, Japan, the Caribbean, Timor-Leste, The Gambia and Somalia. Frank is specialised in national urban policy, metropolitan planning, post-conflict/disaster planning and participatory visioning and placemaking. With UN-Habitat, Frank published a book on ‘Visioning as Participatory Planning Method’ and drafted the handbook for the implementation of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IGUTP)
Frank contributed to several ISOCARP World Congresses, co-organised and reported UPATS in Gaza, Palestine and Whan, China, and also contributed to several ISOCARP Review publications.



>>> 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'