Public Space Observatory
We bring together local, national and international academics, practitioners and policy-makers engaged with public space’s provision, design and management.
We build collaborations, promote knowledge exchange and empower local communities through education, training and capacity building, and advance cutting-edge knowledge in public space design and management theory, practice and policy.
Public space plays a key role in the New Urban Agenda. There is a growing global recognition that public spaces are a significant aspect of the quality of urban life, key components of sustainable urban development and that their quality is created and sustained through place-making.
However, with globalization, new technological advances, and increasing social diversity, public space is taking new forms, meanings, and roles, which are creating new needs and demands upon our cities and our lives, and changing the ways public life is lived, experienced and negotiated.
This changing and complex context brings new challenges for public space researchers, designers, and policymakers, calling for more research and practice to uncover public space’s new social and cultural potentials and to develop more socio-cultural sensitive public space design and management’s practices and policies.
- European Public Space Design Programs with Social Cohesion and Intercultural Dialogue in Mind
- My/Your Cardiff Public Space Campaign
- Negotiating Livelihoods and Rights in Contested Urban Space
- Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht, P. and Stevens, Q. eds. 2018. Public space design and social cohesion: an international comparison. Routledge Series on Planning and Urban design. Routledge.
- Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht, P. 2019. Introducing body-language methods into urban design to research the social and interactional potential of public space.. Journal of Urban Design 24(3), pp. 443-468. (10.1080/13574809.2018.1537712)
- Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht, P. and Stevens, Q. 2015. The art of knowledge exchange in urban design. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning 168(6), pp. 304-317. (10.1680/udap.13.00036)
- Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht, P. 2010. Rethinking urban design for a changing public life. Journal of Place Management and Development 3(2), pp. 113-129. (10.1108/17538331011062667)
- Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht, P. 2009. How can urban design bring strangers together?. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal 3, pp. 191-206.
- Kamalipour, H. 2017. Mapping urban interfaces: a typology of public/private interfaces in informal settlements. Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies 8(2), pp. 1-12. (10.18848/2154-8676/CGP/v08i02/1-12)
- Kamalipour, H. and Peimani, N. 2019. Towards an informal turn in the built environment education: Informality and urban design pedagogy. Sustainability 11(15), article number: 4163. (10.3390/su11154163)
- Kamalipour, H. and Peimani, N. 2019. Negotiating space and visibility: Forms of informality in public space. Sustainability 11(17), article number: 4807. (10.3390/su11174807)
- Peimani, N. and Kamalipour, H. 2016. Where gender comes to the fore: Mapping gender mix in urban public spaces. Spaces & Flows: An International Journal of Urban & Extra Urban Studies 8(1), pp. 19-30. (10.18848/2154-8676/CGP/v08i01/19-30)