Public Space Lab invites you to a student-moderated panel discussion on
“Global and Comparative Perspectives on Public Space.” This conversation
is framed by the Public Space Reader, an edited collection co-edited
by Vikas Mehta and Miodrag Mitrašinović (Routledge 2021).

November 10, 7-8:30pm (EST)

Online event, zoom link:


Clara Irazábal is Professor and Director of the Urban Studies and
Planning Program (URSP) in the School of Architecture, Planning and
Preservation (MAPP) at the University of Maryland (UMD). In her research
and teaching, she explores the interactions of culture, politics, and
placemaking, and their impact on community development and socio-spatial
justice in Latin American cities and US Latinx, immigrant, and minority
communities. Among numerous publications, she is the editor of
Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers
(Routledge 2014) and Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events:
Citizenship, Democracy, and Public Space in Latin America
2008, 2015).

Vera Tângari is an architect and urbanist, Associate Professor at the
Department of Architectural Design at the School of Architecture and
Urbanism, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. She is
also Associate Researcher at the Center for Sustainable Urban
Development at Columbia University, and coordinator of the Research
Group ‘Open Spaces Systems in Rio de Janeiro’ which focuses on urban and
landscape morphology, green areas distribution and evaluation, and
natural and cultural heritage as associated to urban and architectural
planning and design.

Timothy Jachna is Dean of the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and
Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati. His recent research and
publications deal with psycho-sociological aspects of the planning,
design, construction, inhabitation and critique of urban environments,
spanning scales from the object to the regional plan. He is the author
of Wiring the Streets, Surfing the Square: Producing Public Space in the
Mediated City
(Springer 2021) and co-editor of The Emerging Public Realm
of the Greater Bay Area: Approaches to Public Space in a Chinese
(Routledge 2021).

Vikas Mehta is a Professor of Urbanism at the School of Planning at the
University of Cincinnati. His research explores the various dimensions
of urbanity through the exploration of place as a social and ecological
setting and as a sensorial art. Mehta is the co-editor of Public Space
(Routledge 2021); Companion to Public Space (Routledge 2020);
editor of Public Space (Routledge 2015), an anthology of 98 chapters;
co-author of 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School (2018); and
author of The Street: A Quintessential Social Public Space (Routledge
2013) that received the 2014 Book Award from the Environmental Design
Research Association.

Miodrag Mitrašinović is a Professor of Urbanism and Architecture at
Parsons School of Design. His scholarly work focuses on the role of
design as catalyst for critical urban transformations, and the
infrastructural dimensions of public space, specifically at the
intersections of urban and public design, social justice, and public
policy. Miodrag is the co-editor of The Emerging Public Realm of the
Greater Bay Area: Approaches to Public Space in a Chinese Megaregion

(Routledge 2021); Public Space Reader (Routledge 2021); Cooperative
(2018); editor of Concurrent Urbanities: Designing
Infra-structures of Inclusion
(Routledge 2016); co-editor of Travel,
Space, Architecture
(Routledge 2009); and author of Total Landscape,
Theme Parks, Public Space
(Routledge 2006).