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Author: Natalia Bonilla Porras

“The International Congress on Communication, City and Public Space” took place this year in the Latin-American city of Lima, Peru. The event hold alongside the 7th Annual General Meeting of members of ORBICOM, the International Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication. The symposium focused on the analysis and discussion of the growth structure in cities and its impact on communication and development. Moreover, the event promoted the exchange of diverse practices in the topic from other cities and will share the experiences of the host city.

A wide variety of presentations were given by scholars over three days, who included mostly communicators, architects, and urban planners. The central themes were social inclusion and exclusion; safety, surveillance and violence; the city as narrative; social mediation; media representations of the city; virtual public space; multiculturalism and interculturalism in the city; artistic and cultural interventions in the city; citizenship and activism; politics and public space; transport, public services and citizen welfare; radicalisms and sociocultural openness in the city; and, smart cities.

Matteo Robiglio, project manager at FULL, has been selected as one of the central presenters of the conference, sharing the honour with Javier Díaz-Albertini and Jamal Eddine Naji. Robiglio presented “The Social Production of Public Space” as the opening talk of the second day of the conference. During this presentation, he discussed the changes of public space and its definition throughout modern history as a consequence of social structure. This aimed to contribute to current debates about the contemporary management of public space and its growing complexity, despite the apparent tendency towards the simplification of public space design.

The event took place from the 8th-10th of May at the University of Lima. It was organised by UNESCO Chair in Communication and Culture of Peace of the Faculty of Communication at the University of Lima and ORBICOM. The event brought together 28 participating chairs and 14 invited countries from across the world.

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