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Public Space in the New Urban agenda: The Road To Implementation

A networking event around public space will take place on 19 October, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in room MR11 at the venue of the Habitat III Conference, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion” with Ax:son Jonson Foundation and UN Habitat as hosts. The panel will consist of: Cecilia Martinez, UN-Habitat, Raf Tuts, UN-Habitat, Joanna Alimanestianu, Council for European Urbanism, Doug Kelbaugh, Read on

Recommended Changes to the New Urban Agenda

Ax:son Johnson Foundation, representing The Future of Places Network, applauds the current draft of the New Urban Agenda, in particular its recognition of the essential role of public space networks. Below are comments on the draft, reflecting the Key Messages that emerged from our four-year forum series, bringing together over 1,500 researchers, practitioners, officials and activists, representing more than 700 Read on


The Future of Places Summit:
Putting Research into Practice

The Future of Places Summit will be the lead event of the Placemaking Leadership Forum and will take place on Thursday, Sept 15 in Vancouver. Building upon the first three Future of Places forums—which drew together over 1,500 urban thinkers from 100 countries and 700 organizations—this summit will focus on tangible, evidence-based methods with which international practitioners and policymakers can Read on


Call for Presentations

Building upon the momentum of the 2015 Future of Places conference in Stockholm, Sweden, Ax:son Johnson Foundation – together with its partners UN-Habitat and Project for Public Spaces – is pleased to announce the next Future of Places (FoP) Summit research symposium, September 15, in Vancouver, Canada, as part of Placemaking Leadership Forum, taking place during the first-ever Placemaking Week Read on


Public Space for All

Today, October 5, 2015 marks World Habitat Day – the purpose of which is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Future of Places finds this World Habitat Day especially relevant as the theme ‘Public Space for All’ has been highlighted. It is often the case Read on


Video recordings from FoP III

Video Recordings from the final Future of Places Conference in Stockholm 29th June to 1 July are now available. The Future of Places forum is arranged and financed by Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson foundation and has as collaborative partners UN Habitat and Project for Public Spaces. The overall purpose is to indicate the importance of public space and placemaking in Read on

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Future of Places Key Messages

(open for comments and inputs until 1 August 2015) Over the course of 3 years, the Future of Places partners and participants have reflected the importance of public space as the connective matrix on which healthy and prosperous cities grow. To prevent this issue from being overlooked in the negotiations surrounding the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the Third United Read on