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Public Space Observatory

Public Space Quito Ecuador
Public space in Quito, Ecuador.

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

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.

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Dr Patricia Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht

Dr Patricia Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht

Lecturer in Urban Design

Email
aelbrechtp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5735
Dr Hesam Kamalipour

Dr Hesam Kamalipour

Lecturer in Urban Design

Email
kamalipourh@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4463
Dr Nastaran Peimani

Dr Nastaran Peimani

Lecturer in Urban Design

Email
peimanin@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5980

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Public Space Observatory