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Join our global campaign

Stand up for Public Space!

We need your help to make this campaign successful!

We want to spread awareness on the importance of public space in our cities

Read the information about the project and how you can participate

Join our global campaign now!

Bologna, Italy

'Stand up for Public Space!' is powered by City Space Architecture

Our partner in Brisbane, Australia

Queensland University of Technology - Creative Industries Faculty

Our partner in Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong - School of Architecture

Our partner in Auckland, New Zealand

University of Auckland - School of Architecture and Planning

Our Partner in Guayaquil, Ecuador

LASE + CityUrb

‘Stand up for Public Space!’ is powered by City Space Architecture

UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20, 2016

UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20, 2016

City Space Architecture is a nonprofit organization based in Bologna, Italy. It is a network of academic scholars, professionals, organizations, artists, activists and citizens who are engaged in public space culture. We work on research, education, design practice and management of public space.

With the global campaign ‘Stand up for Public Space!’ we want to spread awareness on the importance of public space in our cities.

Our partner organizations are the Queensland University of Technology – Creative Industries Faculty, based in Australia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong – School of Architecture, based in Hong Kong, the University of Auckland – School of Architecture and Planning based in New Zealand and LASE+CityUrb based in Ecuador.

Join our campaign now! You will contribute to spread a very important message to our governments, public administrators and city managers. Read carefully the description of the project and how you can participate.

We want a better world for our future! We are starting this campaign as part of the United Nations Habitat III conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, that takes place in Quito, Ecuador, on October 17-20, 2016.

The campaign will be officially launched during a networking event that will take place on October 17, 2.00-4.00pm at the main venue of the conference, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, room 11.

There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.

- Jane Jacobs -

Do you want to support our campaign?Contact us
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Lead Organization

Partner Organizations

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City Space Architecture
Bologna, Italy
Queensland University of Technology
Creative Industries Faculty
Brisbane, Australia
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
School of Architecture
Hong Kong
The University of Auckland
School of Architecture and Planning
Auckland, New Zealand

LASE + CityUrb,






Social Media Campaign


Stand up for Public Space!

Your Favourite Public Space

QUT Ethics Approval Number 1600000966


Principal Researcher: Dr Luisa Bravo

President of City Space Architecture

Adjunct Associate Professor – Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Associate Researcher(s): Dr Mirko Guaralda | Senior Lecturer – Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Hendrik Tieben | Associate Professor – School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Manfredo Manfredini | Senior Lecturer – The University of Auckland

Mr Luis Alfonso Saltos Espinoza | Principal architect and Director – LASE + CityUrb


This project is being undertaken as a collaboration between the cultural association ‘City Space Architecture’, based in Italy, Creative Industries Faculty – QUT, The Chinese University of Hong Kong – School of Architecture, The University of Auckland and LASE + CityUrb, a design firm based in Ecuador.
The purpose of this project is to foster a discussion on public space as a common good through the collection of experiences, stories, habits and activities, documenting public space and its users from different geographical contexts.
This project intends to provide a good insight of what a public space is for people in different countries and different continents. Data from the research will inform the development of a new taxonomy of public spaces and their uses, which might be useful to inform future planning documents and policies.
You are invited to participate in this project because you have an interest in public spaces and willing to share this passion with others.



Participation will involve taking a photo of your favourite public space and share it with the research team through Twitter or Instagram. We would like you to include a short description of the image letting us know where is this public space, what it means to them and why you would like to share it with the broader public. Completing this task should not require you more than five minutes, in addition to the time to reach and visit your favourite public space.

Please submit your entries using the following hashtags:

#standupforpublicspace     and/or     #myfavouritepublicspace

Submitted images and descriptions will be shared with the broader public on the website images and descriptions will be filtered before being uploaded on our website so to ensure that only relevant material is shared. Inappropriate contents or contents that might be deemed embarrassing will not be uploaded on the website.
Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate you do not have to complete any task you are uncomfortable answering. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with ‘City Space Architecture’, QUT, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Auckland or LASE + CityUrb. If you do agree to participate you can withdraw from the project without comment or penalty, you can request to remove the contents you have provided from the website, but because you have submitted your entries through social media, you have to be aware it will not be possible to remove them from the net.


Expected benefits

It is expected that this project will not directly benefit you. However, it may benefit the broader public providing a better understanding of new typologies and uses of public spaces. Findings from this project might be used to develop new tools to inform planning and urban design.



There are no risks beyond normal day-to-day living associated with your participation in this project.
You can participate in the research in your own time and decide your level of engagement. You can submit an image and a description, but if you want you can just submit an image without any obligation to provide an extensive text. We would like at least you to let us know where the place is.
In taking images of public spaces, please be considerate of other people and their privacy. Collected images will be screened to remove any inappropriate content, but we would recommend you anyway to be cautious in taking photos and check that the content you are submitting are not embarrassing for any of the eventual people included in the image.
You have also to be aware of the fact that images will be displayed on the website linked to this project, so even if you are a current user of Twitter and Instagram, the content that you provide will be accessed by a broader public than your current followers. In submitting your entries, you can use your real name or decide to protect your privacy using a nickname or alias.


Privacy and confidentiality

All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses, but your identity will be linked to your entry because you are participating using your twitter or Instagram account.
Data are collected through social media and displayed on a public website; you have to be aware the images and comments that you submit will be accessible by the general public, not only accessing our website, but also searching the dedicated hashtag for this project.
If any of the people eventually included in the image you submit, ask to remove the image from our website, we will do so in order to respect their privacy. Alternatively, people included in your image might request the blurring of their face and any other recognisable feature and we will respect their request. All received images will be included in our research dataset, but all images will be screened before being uploaded on our website to ensure that no inappropriate contents are included.
Any data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of research data policy at the end of the study when the website will be deactivated.
Please note that non-identifiable data from this project may be used as comparative data in future projects or stored on an open access database for secondary analysis.


Consent to participate

The submission of an entry for this research project will be taken as consent to participate in our research.


Questions / further information about the project

If you have any questions or require further information please contact one of the researchers listed below.

Dr Mirko Guaralda                               +61 7 3138 2464

Dr Luisa Bravo                                       +39 051 6142934


Concerns / complaints regarding the conduct of the project

QUT is committed to research integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects. However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team on +61 7 3138 5123 or email The QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.




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