UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Soundbite: Geography, Culture and Prosperity as Co-creators of Public Spaces in Cities

01 November 2018, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Sandra Piesik

We are joined by Dr Sandra Piesik, award-winning architect, author, researcher and founder of 3 ideas Ltd, for a Soundbite.

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UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Sir David Davies LT, Roberts Building
Torrington Place
United Kingdom

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Geographical location and climate have greatly influenced the evolution of public spaces in cities. Economic activities and the accumulation or lack of wealth, define the scale, use and functions of public spaces.

Case studies of Bergamo in Italy, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain pre-1971 in the United Arab Emirates as well as Ghana's suburban towns will be evaluated exploring the relationships between geography, culture and a diverse spectrum of social prosperity, ranging from wealth to extreme poverty. These case studies will link the individual character of public spaces to homogenous or multicultural societies, to cultural sustainability and citizen-driven climate action, to circular economy as well as urban and rural linkages.


Dr Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in technology development and transfer as well as the implementation of global sustainable legislation. She is the founder of 3 ideas Ltd and initiator of several RD&D groups and consortia including: R&D Group Ecosystems, Urban and Rural Resilience Consortium and the HABITAT Coalition. She is collaborating with the Paris Committee on Capacity Building of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN-HABITAT as a stakeholder in The Guiding Principles for Urban-Rural Linkages for Advancing Integrated Territorial Development, The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCECA), the European Space Agency.