THE 2013 BIENNIAL AT THE WORLD URBAN FORUM: A PRESENTATION
BETTER PUBLIC SPACES FOR OUR CITIESA PRESENTATION BY THE ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI URBANISTICA OF ITALY (INU) ANNOUNCING THE 2013 SECOND BIENNAL ON PUBLIC SPACE Piazza del Popolo, Rome photo credits: Eugenio Monti
The IstitutoNazionalediUrbanistica (INU), theNational Planning Institute of Italy is a non-profit cultural institution founded in 1930 topromote and co-ordinate studies, principlesand policies on urbanism and the builtenvironment nationally and internationally.
INU’s Campania chapter is leadingpreparations for the next nationalcongress, to be next year in the city ofSalerno.
Post 2013 INU National Congress:3° Regional Urban Planning Exhibition“The Urban Planning Culture”Salerno, September-October 2013
Topics«Traditional» Plans«New» Plans (Unesco, waterfrontregenerations, etc..)Planning Culture in Schools of PlanningNew PoliciesHousing
WUF side event panelists• MarichelaSepe, INU Campania, National Research Council, Universita’ Federico II, Naples• PietroGarau, INU Lazio, international curator, Biennial on Public Space• MarttiLujianen, former Director-General, Ministry of the Environment of Finland• Paul Farmer, CEO, American Planning Association
PUBLIC SPACE:A WORKING DEFINITIONPublic space is every publicly owned and serviced area or building made available to all at no direct cost for the user and at no profit gain for the provider.
So, like it or not,this photographtaken in Naplescaptures averitable publicspace- a smallsquare convertedinto a one-goalfootball pitch.Of course, self-made publicspace is only partof the story.
Public spaces are important because:They are vital to a well-functioning urban system(streets, sidewalks, parking spaces);They offer precious opportunities for affordableloisir, exercise and recreation (parks, gardens);They help promote culture (eg public libraries);They promote conviviality, encounter, freedom.PUBLIC SPACE EMBODIES THE MAGIC OF THE CITY.
problems• Commercialization of urban sociality (malls, shopping centers)• Decreasing public resources for development and maintenance of public spaces• Apathy (accepting things as they are)• Architecture, design and planning at the service of maximum profitability• Rising costs connected to corrupt practices
INU and BISPIn recognition of the importance of public space,INU launched in 2009 the “BiennaledelloSpazioPubblico” initiative (BISP) with thegoal of supporting the theory and practice ofpublic space design and planning and involveadministrations, professionals, academia and civilsociety in the promotion of better public spacesand in the establishment of principles andpolicies leading to their quantitative andqualitative improvement.
THE FIRST BISP, 2011The first Biennale took place in Rome in May2011. It registered more than 1,000participants, including distinguished foreignguests, and hosted three competitions andone international exhibit, in addition todozens of workshops and seminars.
BISP #2, May 2013• The 2013 edition of the Biennial on Public Space will take place on 17-18-19 May, once again in Rome. It will retain a similar format (competitions, exhibits, workshops and seminars). A new feature of its preparatory process will be “thematic labs”, real-life processes of participatory planning and design for public space hosted by civic administrations.
A CHARTER OF PUBLIC SPACE• An additional goal for BISP 2013 is the adoption of a “Charter of Public Space” drafted with the participation of all participants in the preparatory process.
Charter of Public Space• Definition of public space• Place Identity• Policies• Modalities of Design/Regeneration/Maintainance• Resources• Management• Fruition
Public Space and the Contemporary CityMarichela SepeInu Campania, Irat CNR- DPUU University of Naples Federico II
TopicsMass Tourism, Cultural Heritage and public spacePost-seismicreconstruction and public spaceMono-functionaluse, trafficpollution and public spaceDisuse of historic function, regeneration and public space
“Urban Design is the art of making placesfor people. It includes the way placeswork and matters such as communitysafety, as well as how they look. Itconcerns the connections betweenpeople and places, movement and urbanform, nature and the built fabric”CABE, DETR, 2000
WE WANT YOU AS PARTNERS Participation in the preparatory process, as well as the Biennale, is open to old and new international partners of the BISP. SIGNAL YOUR INTEREST BY WRITING TO:email@example.com FOLLOW THE PREPARATORY PROCESS ON: http://www.biennalespaziopubblico.it Thank You.