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Power of Public Space for Post-conflict Reconstruction in Contested Cities

Sebnem Hoskara

Moderator

date

Thursday, June 30, 2022

12:15-13:45

place
Multifunction Hall Room 4
organization
Eastern Mediterranean University Urban Research and Development Center and City Space Architecture
country
Cyprus
language
English
theme
Building Resilience for Sustainable Urban Futures
Reference: 
NE 164

Summary

This networking event focuses on knowledge sharing on public space and its meaning in conflict cities for shaping resilient communities. In conflict cities, for example, in divided cities like Nicosia, in the course of daily life, urban public space is often shared more than residents realize. Thus, urban public spaces create room for unexpected or surprising encounters and illustrate both the potential and challenges of having a less segregated city. The event intends to bring together public space experts, scholars, designers, professionals, planners, etc. to share experiences and knowledge that they have gained in conflict cities of Nicosia, Famagusta, East Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Beirut, Sarajevo-Bosnia, Berlin, and Prishtina. As has been indicated in a Briefing Paper (4) prepared by the Center for Urban Conflict Research at the University of Cambridge, "in divided / conflicting cities, urban planners and relevant organizations must ensure that fragile social arrangements that encourage mixing of residents are not disrupted by the imposition of barriers and basic sharing of space may depend on people having mundane reasons to be together, such as shopping, work and the use of health care facilities." Accordingly, following two keynote presentations on the topic, representatives of Research Institutes / Centers about Conflict and Planning are invited to contribute to the event through "PechaKucha" type of presentations to express their views on the power of the public space in conflict cities based on their experience.

Objectives

The event aims to help participants understand how in conflicting cities, people from different communities have motivations for sharing urban public spaces. Second, the participants will be networking on the value and power of public space and try to answer the following questions: i) How can public spaces be used to sustainably reconstruct conflict cities? and ii) How to re-shape public space in conflict cities to reach urban resiliency?

Session speakers

Speaker
Role
Organization
Country
Ms. Sebnem Hoskara
Professor
EMU URDC
Ms. Luisa Bravo
Dr.
City Space Architecture
Ms. Wendy Pullan
Professor
University of Cambridge
Mr. Wael Sinno
UN-Habitat Lebanon Country Programme