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Luisa Bravo

Bologna (Italy)

Luisa Bravo is a global academic scholar and educator, cultural entrepreneur and public space activist. She holds a MSc five-year degree in Architectural Engineering (2001) and a PhD in Building and Territorial Engineering (2008), both from the University of Bologna, Italy. She has more than 20-years experience in the professional field as urban planner and designer with a specific focus on public space. Her expertise is grounded in extensive academic postdoctoral research and teaching in Italy and Europe, the United States, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Throughout her academic career she has been the recipient of prestigious grants and awards and she held different academic positions, in Italy and abroad, such as (most relevant) Postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Architecture, University of Bologna (Italy, 2009-2014), Visiting Scholar at IURD - Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California Berkeley (USA, 2012), Visiting Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University (Lebanon, 2015), Adjunct Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (Australia, 2016-2019), Guest Researcher and Instructor for the 'Advanced Urbanism Studio. Urban Spaces of the City' at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Centre for the Future of Places (2019-2021). She is currently Adjunct Professor in Urban Design at the University of Florence, School of Humanities and Education.

Luisa collaborates with the UN-Habitat's Global Public Space Programme and she is an international renowned speaker at major UN-Habitat global summits, such as Habitat III, the UN conference on Sustainable Urban Development, held in Quito (Ecuador, 2016), 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia, 2018), 2nd Saudi Urban Forum in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia, 2018), 1st UN-Habitat Assembly (Nairobi, 2019), 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates, 2020) and 11th World Urban Forum in Katowice (Poland, 2022).
Luisa is the Founder of City Space Architecture, a non-profit cultural association based in Bologna and she is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Journal of Public Space, the first, international, interdisciplinary, academic, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space, that she established through City Space Architecture in partnership with UN-Habitat.
Luisa is the Founder and Curator of the Public Space Museum, the first Italian research centre entirely dedicated to collaborative and transdisciplinary approach to public space practice, merging art, architecture and technology into a complex new discipline. 

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