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Luisa Bravo è laureata in Ingegneria edile (2001) presso l’Università di Bologna con votazione 100/100, con una tesi in ICAR21 - Composizione Architettonica e Urbana, dal titolo "Una prospettiva di rigenerazione urbana: il caso di Ascoli Piceno". Ha completato la sua formazione in Francia (1996), presso il CEPIA - Centre d’Etudes sur le patrimonie et l’Italianitè en Architecture, in un progetto sostenuto dal Conseil General de la Loire Atlantique - Direction du Development educatif, culturel et des transports, e nel Regno Unito (1997), presso la Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture, nell'ambito della Urban Design Task Force svoltasi in Libano (Beirut, Sidone).Dopo alcuni anni di attività professionale presso lo studio di architettura e ingegneria “Studio Enarco”, in cui ha coordinato come Project Manager la progettazione di importanti opere pubbliche, nel 2005 Luisa ha fondato lo studio di architettura e ingegneria "Bravo Design", con sede a Bologna, dove attualmente lavora.
Dal 2003 ha collaborato a progetti di ricerca promossi dall’Istituto per i Beni Artistici, Culturali e Naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna, dal MIBAC, sia dal Dipartimento regionale dell’Emilia-Romagna che dall’ufficio di Roma (PaBAAC ex PARC), e dal Dipartimento di Architettura dell’Università di Bologna.Nel 2008 Luisa ha conseguito il Dottorato di ricerca in Ingegneria edilizia e territoriale presso l’Università di Bologna, discutendo una tesi in ICAR21 - Urbanistica, dal titolo “Dalla città alla casa, dalla casa alla città: la mutevole ricerca di un piano per il ben-essere urbano”, pubblicata su Alm@Digital Library dell'Università di Bologna (DOI: 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/892).Dal 2008 al 2014 ha svolto attività di ricerca postdottorale come assegnista presso il Dipartimento di Architettura dell’Università di Bologna, nel 2012 presso l'IURD - Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California Berkeley (USA), in qualità di Visiting Scholar e nel 2013 presso la School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries della Queensland University of Technology in Australia (Brisbane), in qualità di Visiting Fellow. Cultore della materia (2006-2010) e professore a contratto in Urbanistica (2011) presso l'Università di Bologna, dal 2013 è Professore a contratto in ICAR 21 - Urbanistica presso l'Università di Firenze, Dipartimento di Architettura. Nel 2014-15 è stata professore a contratto anche all'Università di Parma, nel Master internazionale in Architettura (in lingua inglese), per il corso "Architecture and Landscape". Nel 2015 (Spring e Fall semester) è stata Visiting Assistant Professor presso la Lebanese American University, School of Architecture and Design, in Libano. Nell 2016-2019 è stata Adjunct Associate Professor presso la Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Design, Australia. Nel 2018 ha vinto l'Australia Award Endeavour Executive Fellowship, interamente finanziata dal governo australiano, e ha svolto 4 mesi di ricerca in Australia per studiare come l'uso delle tecnologie possa influenza la progettazione dello spazio pubblico. Nel 2018 è stata Instructor per l''Advanced Urbanism Studio. Urban Spaces of the City' presso KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Master in Urbanism Studies, a Stoccolma.
Nel 2013 ha fondato l'associazione culturale City Space Architecture, con sede a Bologna, di cui è attualmente Presidente, con l'intenzione di promuovere la cultura dello spazio pubblico, attraverso un approccio interdisciplinare, coinvolgendo l'arte e l'architettura.Luisa è Founder, Editor in Chief e Journal Manager di The Journal of Public Space, la prima rivista accademica, interdisciplinare, open access interamente dedicata allo spazio pubblico, promossa da City Space Architecture in partnership con UN-Habitat, il programma delle Nazioni Unite per gli insediamenti umani, con sede in Kenya. Il primo numero della rivista è stato presentato ad Habitat III, la conferenza delle Nazioni Unite sullo Sviluppo Urbano Sostenibile, tenutasi a Quito, Ecuador, nel 2016.
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Luisa Bravo is a global academic scholar and educator, social entrepreneur and public space activist. She has more than 15-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 held different academic positions, in Italy and abroad, and she has been the recipient of prestigious grants and awards such as the Marco Polo scholarship for a postdoctoral research period as Visiting Scholar at IURD – Institute of Urban and Regional Development at University of California Berkeley (USA, 2012) and the Australia Award Endeavour Executive Fellowship for professional development, fully funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training, hosted at the Queensland University of Technology, School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries (Australia, 2018).
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 conference in Quito (Ecuador, 2016), 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia, 2018), the 2nd Saudi Urban Forum in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia, 2018), the first UN-Habitat Assembly (Nairobi, 2019), the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates, 2020).
As Founder and President of City Space Architecture and as Founder and Editor in chief of The Journal of Public Space, Luisa is fully committed to spreading awareness on the importance of public space for sustainable urban development and to work for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito. Luisa’s lecture ‘Stand up for Public Space!’ has been included in the UN Habitat Global Urban Lectures series (season 4 - 2017), one of the UN-Habitat’s most publicly shared online outreach initiatives. 'Stand up for Public Space!' is also a global campaign promoted by City Space Architecture that Luisa is leading as principal researcher - http://www.standupforpublicspace.org/ that was launched at the Habitat III conference during a networking event (2016). At the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (2018) Luisa curated the exhibition 'We the People, We the Public Space' and at the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi (2020) she curated the exhibition 'Public Space is Vital for an Equitable Urban Future', in collaboration with 16 global institutions. Luisa is currently curating City Space Architecture's activities as partner organization of 'A-PLACE. Linking places through networked artistic practices', a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Luisa promoted the global initiative '2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic' through City Space Architecture and in partnership with the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, affiliated to The Journal of Public Space.
Luisa's critical understanding and research on architecture, cities and public space have been recognized at the international stage as being innovative and meaningful, especially in making academic discussions accessible to large, often non-expert, audience through art-based projects and networking activities aimed at public engagement.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 and architecture into a complex new discipline. The Museum is developed in partnership with the Italian for-profit company Genius Saeculi.
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 conference in Quito (Ecuador, 2016), 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia, 2018), the 2nd Saudi Urban Forum in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia, 2018), the first UN-Habitat Assembly (Nairobi, 2019), the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates, 2020).Luisa is currently Adjunct Professor in Urban Design at the University of Florence in Italy, teaching at the International Master Degree 'Geography, Spatial management, Heritage for International Cooperation' at the School of Humanities and Education.
Luisa Bravo holds a MSc five year degree in Architectural Engineering (2001), University of Bologna - marks 100/100 - with a thesis in Urban Planning and Design entitled "A perspective of urban regeneration: the case study of Ascoli Piceno" and a Doctoral degree in Building and Territorial Engineering (2008), University of Bologna, with a thesis in Contemporary Urbanism entitled “Public versus private: the fickle search of a plan for the urban well-being”, published on Alm@Digital Library, University of Bologna (DOI: 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/892).She received her education also in France (1996), at CEPIA - Centre d’Etudes sur le patrimonie et l’Italianitè en Architecture, supported by Conseil General de la Loire Atlantique - Direction du Development educatif, culturel et des transports, and in UK (1997), at the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture, within the Urban Design Task Force in Lebanon (Beirut, Sidon).Since 2002 she has been enrolled in the Professional Register of Engineers in Italy. After four years (2001-2005) of professional practice at “Studio Enarco” (Bologna, Italy), as a Project Manager for new public buildings and infrastructures, in 2005 she founded her own professional studio “BravoDesign” in Bologna, where she currently works.
Since 2003 she has collaborated in research programs in Italy promoted by the Institute of Artistic, Cultural and Natural Heritage of Emilia-Romagna Region, by MIBAC – Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Conservation, both for the Regional Department in Emilia-Romagna and for the Main Office in Rome (PaBAAC ex PARC), and by the Department of Architecture and Territorial Planning, University of Bologna.Research fellow in 2008 for a National Research Program funded by the Italian Ministry of University, Research and Education, in 2009 she has been appointed as a Postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Architecture, University of Bologna (2009-2014). In the past 15 years she held several academic positions: Lecturer in Urban Design at University of Bologna (Italy, 2011), Lecturer for the Direct Study Abroad promoted by Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism in Bologna (Canada, 2011-12) Visiting Scholar at IURD - Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California Berkeley (USA, 2012), Guest Lecturer at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture (Hong Kong, 2014) and at Keio University, co+labo Radovic (Tokyo, 2015), Adjunct Professor in Architecture and Landscape at University of Parma (Italy, 2014-15), Adjunct Professor in Urban Planning and Design at University of Florence, Department of Architecture (Italy 2013-present),Visiting Assistant Professor at Lebanese American University, School of Architecture and Design (Lebanon, 2015), Adjunct Associate Professor (2016-2019) and Endeavour Executive Fellow (2018) at Queensland University of Technology (Australia), School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries, Instructor for the 'Advanced Urbanism Studio. Urban Spaces of the City' at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Master in Urbanism Studies, in Stockholm (Sweden, 2018-19). Over the past 15 years, Luisa organized and curated exhibitions and conferences in Italy and abroad, working in collaboration with international and multi-disciplinary teams, she extensively published contributions and essays in peer-reviewed journals and books, she served as reviewer for international conferences, journals, and doctoral dissertations, advisor, supervisor and co-supervisor for Master thesis, she was the recipient of international grants and awards, she was also involved as a professional in urban planning activities for Italian Municipalities.
In 2013 Luisa founded City Space Architecture, a non-profit cultural association based in Bologna, that she is currently leading as President, in order to promote public space culture, through an interdisciplinary approach, involving art and architecture. In 2015 is founded The Journal of Public Space, the first academic, interdisciplinary, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space, a research project promoted by City Space Architecture in partnership with UN Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, based in Kenya. The first issue was launched in 2016 at Habitat III, the United Nations conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, held in Quito (Ecuador).
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