How We Use Urban Public Space

Evening Forum


The public spaces found throughout our cities have long been a crucial component of the urban fabric, acting as a confluence of urban design and architecture, art and culture, dialogue and politics. Streets, plazas, roads and parks not only provide texture to our neighborhoods, they are the spaces that we use to traverse a city, commune with our loved ones, and assert our ideologies. They intertwine with democracy, providing the stage from where our greatest debates and protests begin. For the opening panel of ‘Ideas + Action 2020: Public Space,’ we’ll explore the role that urban public space plays in our lives and how that role has evolved over time, and hear about places that we can both aspire to and learn from.

+ Mimi Zeiger / Critic, Editor and Curator
+ Chelina Obert / Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kounkuey Design Initiative
+ Liz Ogbu / Founder and Principal, Studio O
+ Antonio Gómez-Palacio / Principal of Planning & Urban Design, DIALOG






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