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Urban Lunch Talks #1 Inclusive Public Spaces for Urban Liveability

7 December 2018 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What is the value of using a dilemma-driven approach to issues of urban public space? What are the takeaways for practitioners and policymakers? Is public space at risk- and does it even matter? In the first episode of JPI Urban Europe’s new webinar series Urban Lunch Talks, we will explore the urban dilemma of creating and using inclusive public space. Join the conversation!

Public space has a long tradition in European urbanism. It comes with a typical intersection between design and integration of various functions, services and interests as well as urban identity building. In times of fiscal downturns, municipalities are looking for new models to finance and manage public space – be it by private business or local stakeholder groups.

Shared and public spaces are essential for societal cohension and for overcoming the virtual and physical ‘bubbles’ within and between groups. So what kind of techniques, knowledge and practices are helpful when faced with this urban dilemma?

Using place-specific examples from cities in Eastern Europe we will dig deeper into matters of ownership and models of inclusion and engagement for sustainable change.


  • Moderator Cissi Askwall, CEO of the Swedish NGO Public & Science, who has a long and passionate experience of research communication and public engagement.
  • Panellist Yvonne Franz, Mag. Dr. at University of Vienna, whose research interests lie in the fields of urban geography with focus on neighbourhood development, urban revitalisation and gentrification.
  • Panellist Katarína Kristiánová, PhD at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava with a focus on urban green spaces.
  • Panellist Alenka Korenjak, architect and cofounder of prostoRož, a Slovenian cultural association with the aim to improve public urban space.
  • Participants from anywhere in the world who will join the conversation through chat rooms, polls and Q&A sessions.

Register here

Read more about the three following webinars here

Please make sure to be there at 12.45 circa to grab a seat. Seats are limited by “first come first serve” principal. Chat room opens 12.45 and closes at 14.15 and participants are welcome to keep the conversation going before, during and after the webinar.


7 December 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm




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European Union

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857160.