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Workshop "Vital Public Spaces"

24 February 2015
Geneva Switzerland

10 am - Palais des Nations, Room VIII

Sustainable cities and human settlements, including public spaces, is one of the focus areas in the post-2015 development agenda.

The workshop discussed measures that governments, cities and stakeholders in the UNECE region undertake to promote access to safe, inclusive and accessible green and public spaces. A special focus of this workshop was on the planning, design, and management of public spaces.

The workshop was organized jointly by the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management; Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden; and UN-Habitat, with the support of Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation as part of the Ax:son Johnson Foundation project “Future of Places”.

The workshop had simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Russian.

Agenda     ENG     FRE     RUS

Workshop programme


Title ENG

Public Space and Sustainable Urban Development
Frédéric Saliez, UN-HABITAT, Brussels Liaison Office

Future of Places
Kyle Farrell, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Charter of Public Space/Biennial of Public Space
Pietro Garau and Alice Siragusa, Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica (INU), Italy
Public spaces, resilience and urban prosperity: an evolutionary approach to urban development
Sergio Porta, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Mapping Green Spaces with EU GHSL
Matina Halkia, Joint Research Center, the European Commission
The Role of Public Space in Compact Cities: Policy Implication to Fast-Growing Cities
Tadashi Matsumoto, OECD
Places in the Making: How placemaking builds places and communities
Susan Silberberg, Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, USA
Public Space in the City of Geneva
Sandra Piriz, Department of Urban Planning and Mobility, City of Geneva, Switzerland
Green Open Space in the Historic Built Environment
Jurjen van der Tas, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva, Switzerland
People-oriented City Planning
Jan Gehl, Architect, Founding Partner and Principal Gehl Architects, Denmark