Public Spaces as Anchors
in Social Resilience and Climate Action:
The Role of Participation.
The Urban Thinkers Campus 2021 of NTNU and UN-Habitat
How to link Public Space,
Climate Change, and People?
This year's Urban Thinkers Campus 2021, initiated by World Urban Campaign, is all about city climate action.
Public spaces are vital components when it comes to climate action. They are key in promoting the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (esp. 11, 13).
We need a more in-depth understanding of how public spaces support social resilience and climate responsiveness. That also requires investigating the mechanisms and effects of public participation, engagement, and co-creation.
The webinar aimed at uncovering and mainstreaming lessons that participation and co-creation offer. Keynote speakers introduced selected case studies. A panel discussion invited the panelists to open a discussion around the topic. Toward sustainable, resilient, inclusive, safe, and accessible public spaces and local adaptation!
Speakers and Panelists
Peter Gotsch, Urban Ecological Planning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (opening remarks)
Shveta Mathur, School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi
Jose Chong, Global Public Space Programme, UN-Habitat (Co-moderation and closing remarks)
Keynotes (11.10-11.55 GMT)
Jose Chong, United Nations Humans Settlement Programme
Jessica Thorn, African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town and University of York
Ayanda Roji, Centre on African Public Space
Simone Borelli, Urban Forestry Office, Food and Agricultural Organization
Panel (12-12.55 GMT)
Luis Miguel Artieda, Sustainable Cities Programme, Avina Foundation
Kristie Daniel, Livable Cities, Healthbridge
Arunava Dasgupta, School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi
Rolee Aranya, Urban Ecological Planning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Time and Date
The online webinar took place on Thursday 18 February 2021, 11am - 1pm GMT
The M.Sc. Program on Urban Ecological Planning at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the host of this webinar. The Global Public Space Programme by UN-Habitat acts as the co-organizer.
We want to thank our partners, the World Urban Campaign and its Urban Thinkers Campus, the Global Public Space Programme by UN-Habitat, the Centre on African Public Spaces, and the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi.
Learn more about the Urban Thinkers Campus 2021 and the hosts
Urban Ecological Planning at NTNU
The Global Public Space Programme by UN-Habitat
The Urban Thinkers Campus by the World Urban Campaign
School of Planning and Architecture Delhi