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The Journal of Public Space was established at the end of 2015 by City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization based in Italy, in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Design, based in Australia. In 2016 our Founder and Editor in Chief Luisa Bravo established a partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. The first issue was launched at Habitat III, the United Nations conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, in Quito (Ecuador, 17-20 October 2016), during a talk at the Urban Library.

Founding Editors 
Luisa Bravo, City Space Architecture, Italy
Mirko Guaralda, Queensland University of Technology, Australia (period of engagement: August 2015 - June 2018)

At the end of 2018 The Journal of Public Space moved from Australia to Italy, after QUT decided to withdraw, and is currently published by City Space Architecture, based in Bologna. City Space Architecture is a partner of the UN-Habitat, and has officially signed an agreement to cooperate in developing The Journal of Public Space, during the first UN-Habitat Assembly, that took place in Nairobi in May 2019.
In less than three years the journal attracted a great number of distinguished international scholars from all over the world, whose shared aim is to meaningfully contribute to the discussion and expand current scholarship on public space. In May 2018 our Founding Editor Luisa Bravo became Editor in Chief. 

In 2019, The Journal of Public Space welcomed two academic partners, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Centre for the Future of Places, based in Stockholm, and RMIT University based in Melbourne.


The Journal of Public Space was displayed in City Space Architecture's exhibition space at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur on 7-13 February 2018, as part of the exhibition 'We the people, We the public space' curated by our Founder and Editor in Chief Luisa Bravo.

The Journal of Public Space was presented at the international conference 'Past Present and Future of Public Space' promoted by City Space Architecture at the Venice Architecture Biennale  on 21-22-23 September 2018, attended by 100 scholars from more than 20 Universities. The event was curated by our Founder and Editor in chief Luisa Bravo.

The first issue, Vol. 1 n. 1 (2016), was launched at Habitat III, the United Nations conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, held in Quito (Ecuador) on 17-20 Ocotber 2016.
The second issue, Vol. 2 n. 1 (2017), was published on the occasion of  the 26th UN-Habitat Governing Council held in Nairobi (Kenya), on 8-12 May 2017.
The third issue, Vol. 2 n. 2 (2017), was published on the occasion of the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations held in in New York (USA), on 5-6 September 2017.
The fourth issue, Vol. 2 n. 3 (2017), was published on the occasion of the 10th IFoU - International Forum on Urbanism conference 'The Entrepreneurial City', held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), on 14-16 Dcember 2017, where our Founder and Editor in Chief Luisa Bravo was invited to give a keynote speech.
The sixth issue, Vol. 3, n. 1 (2018), was launched at RMIT University, School of Art in Melbourne, with Adjunct Professor Maggie McCormick , a member of our Scientic Committee, and Prof. Daniel Palmer, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the CAST (Contemporary Art and Social Transformation) OUT LOUD seminar 'Re-Imagining Cityscapes as Mindscapes: perspectives from Italy and Australia'.
The seventh issue 'Art and Activism in Public Space', Vol. 3, n. 2 (2018), was launched in Barcelona, as part of the SkypeLab Sympolab at RMIT Europe, on 21 November 2018 at 22@ Innovation District, with guest speaker Prof. Estanislau Roca Blanch, Vice Rector for Infrastructure and Architecture, UPC Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya, who is a member of our Scientific Board.
The ninth issue, Vol. 4, n. 1 (2019), was launched in Valencia during the first Placemaking Week Europe, hosted at La Marina de Valencia, during a special session coordinated by our Founder and Editor in Chief Luisa Bravo. The issue includes two viewpoints related to placemaking, from Ethan Kent, Project for Public Spaces, and Jeroen Laven, Placemaking Europe.


Open Access Journal
ISSN 2206-9658