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Tuesday, May 31 • 12:00 - 13:00
Breakout session: Redefining safety and accessibility for public spaces

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Safety, accessibility and equity are important elements of how public spaces are designed, perceived, and programmed. While managers of great public spaces invest a great deal of resources, thought, and care into making people feel safe and welcome, history has unfortunately shown us that securing high profile sites and large-scale events from harm is challenging. This reality is further complicated as users of public spaces are often a broad constituency, including many historically underrepresented communities and cultures. The complexities involved with managing and operating safe public spaces requires cross-sector partners who are committed to promoting public safety while preserving human dignity.

Cultural districts have a natural, mission-driven advantage to employ artists, culture bearers and designers to shape the physical spaces, program offerings, and policies. This panel will look at principles for how inclusive public space organized around arts and culture can look and feel, will consider whose safety is prioritized in these spaces, and will offer some best practices and lessons learned.

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Stephanie Fortunato

Director, Special Projects, Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN)
Stephanie Fortunato joined GCDN as Director, Special Projects in 2022. In this role, she focuses on supporting the activities, management, and development of the network – and oversees the delivery of special research and membership projects.Stephanie has been active in  the network... Read More →

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Ilana Altman

Co-Executive Director, The Bentway Conservancy
Ilana Altman is a cultural planner and designer who has a background in art and architecture. In her role as Co-Executive Director she works with the community and creative partners to implement innovative and engaging programming and open up new avenues for collaborative design and... Read More →
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Luisa Bravo

Founder and President, City Space Architecture
Luisa Bravo is a global academic scholar and educator, cultural 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... Read More →
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Elettra Bordonaro

Director, Light Follows Behaviour
Elettra is co-founder and creative director at Light Follows Behaviour, a lighting design studio with the aim to design with people and for people, with the aim to bring lighting to less affluent communities.She has focused her attention on lighting design and associated research... Read More →

Tuesday May 31, 2022 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
LAC: Sala 4