Cities: saving the planet by design, Lezione aperta di Pietro Garau - 1 dicembre 2015
Cities: saving the planet by design|
Lezione aperta di Pietro Garau (INU, Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico)
1 dicembre 2015, ore 18.00
Aula piazza Santa Croce, Complesso di Santa Chiara, piazza Santa Croce, Alghero
Pietro Garau, an architect-planner and academic from the Sapienza Università di Roma, worked for twenty years with the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) where he pioneered and led the production of the first Global Report on Human Settlements and later became head of research.
Between 1994 and 1995 he led the Secretariat of the Habitat II Conference. From 2002 to 2005 he co-chaired the UN Millennium Project's Task Force on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers and the preparation of its final report "A Home in the City".
Back in the academic arena, he taught urban policies at Rome’s Sapienza, revived that university's Planning Research Centre for the Developing Countries, and directed courses of higher learning and studios on the Millennium Development Goals, later documented in the book “Barefoot &Prada: Architects and Planners, the Urban Poor and the Millennium City”.
For the Italian Institute of Urbanism (INU) he co-organized the first three Biennials on Public Space, of which he is also the international curator, and pioneered and co-steered the processleading to the adoption of the "Charter of Public Space" at the 2013 Biennial.
He is the principal author of UN-Habitat’s “Global Toolkit on Public Space”. He currently represents INU in its capacity as co-lead organization of the global Policy Unit on Spatial Planning whose 20 experts are assigned the task of formulating draft language for the 2017 UN Conference on Adequate Housing for All and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).
His present line of research is on how public space can contribute to mitigating urban inequalities within a comprehensive and participatory planning approach.