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Series 2 (June) - Webinar 3


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Creating accessible and inclusive public spaces with/for resilient communities

Thursday June 18, 1.00 - 2.30 pm CET
Series 2 (June) - Webinar 3

This webinar is part of the initiative '2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic'.
>>> Read the summary of this webinar


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

Event managers

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



Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius, World Blind Union, Toronto, Canada
Katherine Kline
, GAP General Assembly of Partners Older Persons, New York, USA
Shu-Ti Chiou, Health & Sustainable Development Foundation, School of Medicine, Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Nelson Saule Junior, Global Platform for the Right to the City, Polis Institute of Studies, Training and Assistance in Social Policies, São Paulo, Brazil
Silvia Tavares and Nicholas Stevens, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Wael Sinno, UN-Habitat Lebanon, Beirut, Lebanon



Alessandro Melis, Cluster for Sustainable Cities, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom / Curator of the Italian Pavilion 'Resilient Communities', 17th Venice Architecture Biennale (2021)

Round table discussion

Q&A Session - engagement with the audience, managed by Yin-Fen Chen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong




Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius

Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius is a program officer at the World Blind Union, a federation representing the estimated 253 million persons who are blind and partially sighted worldwide with over 190 national member organizations. He manages WBU’s Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Cities aiming to promote and ensure that urban development policies and practices integrate disability inclusion, accessibility and Universal Design to leave no one behind in urban transformation. Hannes works closely with UN-HABITAT for the implementation of an new agreement on disability inclusion, universal design and accessibility in the scope of the New Urban Agenda. 
Hannes is seconded as a Bilateral Associate Expert by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, and is specialized in disability rights and organizational development with an educational background in Peace and Development Studies and Political Science. He has experiences from collaborating with various INGOS and organizations of persons with disabilities in Rwanda, Nepal, Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Sweden, and Myanmar.
Mr. Juhlin Lagrelius is the co-chair of the GAP-PCG Persons with Disabilities for which he coordinated the official WUF10 delegation of organisations of persons with disabilities to the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi (February 2020). Mr. Juhlin Lagrelius is also WBU’s focal point in the Global Network for Disability-Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD) behind the Global Compact for Inclusive and Accessible Cities. 


Katherine Kline

Katherine Kline, former diplomat, arts administrator, ESL teacher and documentary producer and distributor, has worked for over 40 years with and for international organizations. She has been on numerous non-profit boards including UNA-NY and as part of the Executive Committee of the NGO Committee on Ageing, New York.
Dr. Kline has served for more than ten years as a United Nations volunteer NGO representative working to secure rights for older persons. She currently is co-chair of the General Assembly of Partner’s Older Persons Partner Constituent Group, a civil society coalition working with UN-Habitat to ensure the inclusion of ageing and older people in the New Urban Agenda.
She received a B.A. in India Areas Studies from the School of International Service, American University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Change from the Union Institute.


Shu-Ti Chiou

Shu-Ti Chiou, M.D. (family medicine) & Ph.D. in epidemiology, is the Founder & President of Health & Sustainable Development Foundation, Founder and Chair of the International Task Force on Health Promoting Hospitals and Age-friendly Health Care, Global Vice President for Capacity Building of the International Union for Health Promotion & Education, and member of editorial board of Global Health Promotion. She is also an adjunct professor in School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, the immediate past Director-General of Health Promotion Administration in Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan 2009-2016, former Chair of the Governance Board of International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services 2012-2014. Dr. Chiou initiated several pioneering initiatives in health promotion & in healthcare delivery reforms, including healthy city & healthy settings development, breastfeeding policies, comprehensive cancer control policy, obesity prevention & control, regional diabetes shared care, health-promoting hospital initiative, age-friendly city & age-friendly healthcare initiative, etc., and published scientific papers on evidences of these programs’ impact & determinants of success.
Dr. Chiou has received many honorable awards, such as the Distinguished Achievement Award for Top Ten Outstanding Civil Servants (1999), the Award for Top Ten Outstanding Young Women in Taiwan (2000), the National Award for Model Civil Servants (1999 & 2012). Internationally, under her leadership, Taiwan was awarded with “the Network with Outstanding Fulfillment of Health Promoting Hospital Strategy” in 2013, and Taiwan’s cancer control plan and breast cancer control plan were rated with highest score among nine Asian countries and region in 2015 & 2016 respectively, its palliative care, the 6th in the world & the best in Asia in 2015, by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).


Nelson Saule Junior

Lawyer, Urban Law Professor of the Post Graduate Program in Law from University Catholic of São Paulo, Coordinator of Right to the City Area in Polis Institute of Studies, Training and Assistance in Social Policies, where he develops advocacy activities, assistance, studies and research on the following subjects:human rights, specially right to housing and to the city, urban reform, urban law, urban and housing policies. On behalf of Polis Institute he is Member of the Coordination of the Global Platform the Right to the City and is a member of the National Cities Council of that is a collegiate body linked to the Ministry of the Cities in Brazil.


Silvia Tavares

Silvia is an urban designer with a background in architecture, urbanism, and building and city science (affiliate member of the Planning Institute of Australia and registered architect and urbanist in Brazil). She lectures in urban design and town planning at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia), and prior to this appointment she worked at James Cook University (Australia), Lincoln University (New Zealand), as a visiting researcher at the ILS (Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH) (Germany), and at the UFT (Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Brazil). In 2019 Silvia delivered a keynote address on ‘Climate Responsive Public Spaces in the Tropics: A Bioclimatic Design Approach’ at the Conference ‘L'architecture en milieu tropical: Construire le paysage, entre pratique et recherche’ at ENSAM (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Montpellier) in La Réunion (France). Her research focuses on providing evidence to produce public open spaces that are thermally comfortable and promote the good health of users and the natural environments that surround them. Her main focus is, therefore, designing for urban thermal comfort and urban microclimates, the relationship between urban microclimates and people’s health, and the impacts of climate change on them all.


Nicholas Stevens

Nicholas is a landscape architect and town planner with a background in spatial planning and urban design. He is the undergraduate and postgraduate Program Coordinator for Urban Design and Town Planning at USC, and the Deputy Director at USCs Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems. He has a track record of working with government and industry on research projects focused on the impacts of infrastructure development on wider city systems, including airports, rail, and urban roadway transport corridors.
Nicholas is involved in a range of current projects and urban design advisory panels that focus on the design and delivery of urban centres to optimise both their safety and economic capacity. He has recently co-authored an important Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) and Urban Design cross-disciplinary book - Human Factors in Land Use Planning and Urban Design: Methods, Practical Guidance, and Applications.
He also has significant experience in establishing and leading cross-disciplinary international student field trips to locations such as Guangzhou, China (2015); Hong Kong, China (2016); Bangalore, India (2018); Lucknow India (2019); and in 2020 Hyderabad, India and Kathmandu, Nepal. His research and expertise in urbanism have resulted in his identification as an agenda contributor to the World Economic Forum and the Conversation research engagement platforms on the topics of cities as complex systems and the value of exploring them utilising HFE and systems approaches.


Wael Sinno

Wael Sinno graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Lebanese American University’s School of Architecture and Design with honors in 2013. Sinno’s work has been exhibited on a number of occasions while his thesis project was published in the LAU magazine. A registered architect in Lebanon, Sinno has worked with Dar al Handasah, a leading international multidisciplinary project design consultancy, for 5 years on numerous projects ranging in scale from urban planning and design to infrastructure, transportation, and residential projects. Additionally, in 2014, Sinno worked on the renovation of traditional apartments in London with Orproject. In 2016, Sinno volunteered as an architect and urban planner to take part in public spaces projects for Syrian refugees living in temporary encampments. Afterwards, in 2018, Sinno received a Dutch Government scholarship to complete a postgraduate diploma in Green Cities for Eco-Efficiency at Erasmus University Rotterdam. After coming back from Rotterdam, Sinno joined the team at UN-HABITAT as the Area Coordinator for Beirut and Mount Lebanon to plan, manage, and develop humanitarian projects related to civil society and local authorities’ empowerment, urban analysis, community-led neighborhood upgrading projects, and public spaces.


Alessandro Melis

Alessandro Melis is Professor of Architecture Innovation at the Portsmouth School of Architecture, Head of the technology area and director of the Postgraduate engagement (School of Architecture and Planning) at the University of Auckland, Head of the Postgraduate Master PPS Program_Urban Strategies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (die Angewandte), Honorary Fellow at the Edinburgh School of Architecture (ESALA) and Visiting Professor at the Anhalt University (Dessau). He is Design Director and Member of the Board Founder of Heliopolis 21. He has been  keynote speaker at the China Academy of Art, at the MoMA New York and at the Venice Biennale. 
He has received a Master and a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Florence in Italy. His specialist teaching, supervisory and research interests are in the fields of climate sensitive design, sustainable strategies for urban mutations, environmental policies, radical theories and criticism, resilience, and sustainable conservation. He has written books and articles published in Europe, New Zealand and USA. His internationally published writings include researches on climate radicalism and sustainability, design criticism, new utopias and contemporary visionarism. He is the Curator of the Italian Pavilion 'Resilient Communities' of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale (2021).



>>> 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'.





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