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Dr. Patricia Aelbrecht presents, Public Space Observatory: Campaigning for better designed, used, and managed public spaces

September 30, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The PUBLIC SPACE RESEARCH GROUP welcomes, Patricia Aelbrecht presenting, Public Space Observatory: Campaigning for better designed, used, and managed public spaces.


In 2019, a group of academics came together to establish Public Space Observatory Research Centre (PSO) in Cardiff University a knowledge exchange platform in public space research, practice and policy. The PSO’s mission is to bring together local, national and international academics, practitioners and policymakers engaged with the provision, design, management and use of public space. Its primary aim is to build new partnerships and collaborations, share resources, promote knowledge exchange, empower local communities through education, training and capacity building, and advance cutting-edge knowledge in public space design, management and use theories, practices, and policies. In this lecture, Patricia Aelbrecht, one of the co-founders and directors, will talk about two of the PSO projects: The ‘Public Space Toolkit for Wales’, a piece of national public realm design guidance which aims to help Welsh local authorities to implement the Welsh placemaking agenda and improve the public realm of Welsh cities and town centers, and a project ‘Urban Design and Spaces for Encounter’ and a partnership with the Greater London Authority, Urban Design Group, and Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design which investigates the role of public spaces and their urban design in promoting cross-cultural encounters and experiences of social cohesion, with a view to inform current European social cohesion and integration agendas.


Dr. Patricia Aelbrecht is an urban designer and academic, and Co-Founding Director of the Public Space Observatory Research Centre at Cardiff University. Her research sits at the intersection of urban design, environmental-behavioural studies, and human geography. She has published widely on the design and sociology of the public realm with a particular focus on informal social practices in public space and the role of public space design and management in promoting social cohesion and intercultural dialogue.


Twitter: @PAelbrecht


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September 30, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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September 30, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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