Future Public Spaces

Urban Design in Times of Crisis






Dhaka (Bangladesh), Maputo (Mosambique), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)


World Bank 


What is required to renew and articulate public spaces? The need for, and demands of, public spaces are highly specific to the local spatial and social conditions under which people live. Action at neighborhood level is crucial, and must involve interacting and co-creating with residents to discover their needs.

At the start of the pandemic, superwien was commissioned to develop innovative designs for urban public spaces in three different cities: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Maputo (Mozambique), and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). The main objective of this applied research was to strengthen the capacity of local governments to undertake participatory urban design processes. This book calls upon architects and urbanists to develop place-based solutions in challenging circumstances.


Was ist nötig, um öffentliche Räume zu erneuern und zu gestalten? Die Anforderungen an und die Nachfrage nach öffentlichen Räumen sind sehr spezifisch für die lokalen räumlichen und sozialen Bedingungen, unter denen Menschen leben. Werden Maßnahmen auf Quartiersebene geplant, müssen Bewohner*innen einbezogen werden. Es braucht Interaktion und gemeinsames Kreativ-Werden, um Bedürfnisse zu erkennen.

Zu Beginn der Pandemie wurde superwien beauftragt, in drei verschiedenen Städten innovative Entwürfe für städtische öffentliche Räume zu entwickeln: Dhaka (Bangladesch), Maputo (Mosambik) und Santo Domingo (Dominikanische Republik). Das Hauptziel dieser angewandten Forschung bestand darin, die Fähigkeit lokaler Regierungen zu stärken, partizipative Stadtgestaltungsprozesse durchzuführen. Dieses Buch ruft Architekt*innen und Stadtplaner*innen dazu auf, unter anspruchsvollen Bedingungen ortsbezogene Lösungen zu entwickeln.

Editors: Roland Krebs, Stefan Mayr
Publisher: Jovis
ISBN: 978-3-98612-001-6
Language: English

Related Projects


The project’s objective was to co-create more sustainable and inclusive public spaces, involving the local community by applying participatory tools and developing new workshop formats and placemaking activities. 


The Webinar Series “Resilient Public Spaces” was part of the dissemination product of a World Bank consultancy from Superwien, Participatory Urban Design, held in three cities (Dhaka in Bangladesh, Maputo in Mozambique, and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic).


he project goal was to upgrade public spaces in 20 neighborhood and create an active mobility network interconnecting them. It focused on the urban transformation of the informal settlements spread around Cidade Cimento, working on the rehabilitation of one open public space per neighborhood.


As part of the Participatory Urban Design Consultancy for World Bank, superwien was involved with the Dhaka City Neighborhood Upgrading Project in Bangladesh. The project aims to improve public spaces in the administrative area of the Dhaka South City Corporation.

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