Iceland Expert Public Space Seminar - The Futures of Public Space and Beyond
One of the Centre's key events in 2019 was a special Pegasus Symposium that featured some of the world leading experts in the field of urbanism.
This special Pegasus Symposium event, organized by the Centre for the Future of Places (CFP) and headed by some of the world leading experts in the field (Keynote Speakers) took place in the Nordic House in Reykjavik Iceland on the 14th of May, and as such it was a closed event, not open to the public, except for the researchers in the public space research database project.
The symposium featured some of today’s leading global experts on public space and stellar academics within urbanism studies. The result of the symposium will be the “Icelandic Book on Public Spaces & Beyond”, produced as an anthology with all authors-speakers included plus two special guests. The project on the book will commence shortly after the Reykjavik meeting, and will be published by the Swedish renowned “Stolpe” Book publishers in Stockholm, Sweden. The Symposium also has a backdrop in the guise of the Public Spaces Research Database Project2.
The symposium was part of our pre-summer ongoing discussion series on public spaces and the first Pegasus Symposium celebrating the book’s creation in place, on public space futures & beyond with speaches in the fields of architecture, anthropology, sustainability, urban planning, urban theory, political science, environmental psychology, urban planning, urban design, urban sociology, and criticism. Each installment, keynote talk and chapter of the book by invited thinkers brought together different perspectives on a single topic but on a path of convergence. Originating from a desire to start a public conversation about the built environment, keynotes posed provocative themes and questions as well as speculations about the above mentioned elements of the public.
Read more (pdf 7.4 MB) about the programme and the biographies of the thinkers and participants.