International Workshops 2- Workshop Biennale Spazio Pubblico 2017

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International Workshops on Public Space and International Cooperation

GIORNO E ORA: 26 maggio, 9:30-13:30

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Workshops’ background


The 2017 Biennial is the first edition occurring after two important international developments. In September 2016, all of the world’s Heads of State adopted ”Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. One of the Agenda’s 17 Goals, (#11), is to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. And one of the goal’s targets is devoted to public space, and reads: “11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities”.

In addition, the New Urban Agenda adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) contains numerous references to public space as a key element for improving cities and the quality of life within cities, thus reinforcing the argumentations contained in the joint UN-HABITAT/INU “Global Public Space Toolkit” publication.

The Biennial is the only regular international event exclusively devoted to the topic of public space. Therefore, and in the wake of the global challenges posed by the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda, one of the topics of its 2017 edition is “Public Space and International Cooperation”.  The workshop will take place on the first two days of the Biennial’s concluding event and will help draft recommendations for the localization of the SDG 11.7 and identify key levers for the implementation of the New urban Agenda, present samples of the richness of public-space approaches in different regions of the world and implicitly reinforce the value of more frequent and systematic exchanges on public space experiences as a useful basis for achieving target 11.7 and contributing to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

The 2017 Biennial of Public Space received two hundred public space practices (projects, events, experiences of partnership and active citizenship, thematic workshops) submitted in response to the call issued in December 2016. These experiences will form the basis for the development of key recommendations on the importance of international co-operation and city-to-city leaning exchanges to further the principles set out in the ” Charter of Public Space”.

Moreover, the workshop will offer the opportunity to underline one of the Toolkit’s basic premises – that a fundamental way to improve the quality and fair distribution of public space in our cities requires an integrated city-wide approach. This will be done through a training exercises led by UN-HABITAT on city-wide public space assessment; city-wide, public-space led planning; and the Toolkit itself.

The key results of the workshops will be consolidated in recommendations to be presented for adoption at the concluding event’s final plenary session.

Venue, language, dates, duration, equipment

This workshops (“International Cooperation 1” and “International Cooperation 2” will take place alongside several others in one of the lecture rooms of the Department of Architecture of Rome’s third university, at the “ex mattatoio” (See for details).

The language of the workshops will be English. Each presentation will be allowed 15 minutes, with a contained follow-up space for Q&A.

The workshops will be held on Thursday 25 May from 2:30 to 6:30 pm and on Friday morning from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

The room will be equipped with projector and a large screen and tables along the walls that can be used to display panels.


International Cooperation 2 (Training Session): Friday 26 May, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
9:00-9:10 am Opening Session

·         Welcoming words

·         Presentation of the morning programme

·         Introduction of  training facilitators

(INU and UN-Habitat) Laura Petrella and Pietro Garau
9:10-9.:30 The Global Toolkit on Public Space as a training tool for achieving the public space target of SDG 11.7 and the New Urban Agenda: an overciew

·         The case for Public Space – Charter of Public Space

·         Public space basics (definition, typology and importance)

·         Public Space Policy Tools

·         Framework for public spaces: planning, design and implementation

(INU and UN-Habitat) Pietro Garau
9:30-9:40 Overview on public space framework in NUA and SDGs

·         Public space in SDGs and NUA

·         Public spaces for safe, accessible and inclusive urban development

·         City wide strategy and synergy with national urban policy

(INU and UN-Habitat) Jose Chong
9:40-10:15 Measuring public spaces at city-wide scale

·         Why do we need to measure public spaces for sustainable urban development?

·         Tools available for measuring public spaces

·         Introduction of OPS tool at the  city-wide scale

·         Case study: city-wide open space survey in Nairobi

·         Using Remote Sensing derived data to measure SDG 11.7

Q and A session

(INU and UN-Habitat) Jose Chong





Alice Siragusa, Human Settlements Layer

10:15 – 10:30 Refreshment break
10:30-11:15 Implementation of better public spaces for sustainable urban development

·         Public, Private and people partnership for public space promotion

·         Political commitment  for public space improvement

·         Public spaces for quality urban life: why city leaders should act?

·         Role of communities in management and implementation of better public spaces

·         Engaging communities in participatory budgeting. Empaville: a role-playing game

Q and A session

(UCLG  and Empaville) Giovanni Allegretti <>
11:15-11.45 Developing City-wide strategies on public spaces

·         Contextual conditions and baseline

·         Planning for a City Wide Strategy on Public Space -Establish the nature and direction of the city wide strategy

·         Examples of City-Wide Strategies

·         Effective implementation

·         Operation and maintenance

Q and A session



Cecilia Andersson


11:45 – 12:15 pm Public Space Quiz (INU and UN-Habitat)  


12.15-1:00 Conclusions and recommendations for plenary (rapporteurs: Cecilia Andersson, Jose’ Chong,  Alice Siragusa)

Identify key challenges related to public space promotion on the city wide scale

·         Identify key policy recommendations for public space promotion at the city wide scale

·         Framework for implementation of public space related target in NUA and SDG 11.7