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A centerpiece of PUBLIC 2015 will be an international symposium exploring the value of creativity in building dynamic places. Speakers include local and international leaders in the arts, architecture, urban planning, technology and philanthropy. They have been invited to share a range of perspectives on the needs of places and communities as they transform and renew.

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The PUBLIC Symposium was a two day forum inspiring change through creativity and a centrepiece of the PUBLIC 2015 festival of art and ideas. So much more than a ticket to a forum, this broad ...

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Enrique Penalosa Colombia

“Public space is for living, doing business, kissing, and playing. Its value can’t be measured with economics or mathematics; it must be felt with the soul.” Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of ...

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Dr Kenson Kwok Singapore

“It has been a tremendous challenge and privilege to be given the task of establishing two new museums for Singapore.” Dr Kwok is known as one of the most important authorities on Asian culture ...

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Thom Aussems Netherlands

“Smart transformation not only demands tremendous creativity, but also innovative capacity.” Thom Aussems is a Dutch authority in urban renewal and city transformation. He is the CEO ...

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Leo van Loon Holland

“Culture has the potential to speed up transitions and to bring people together.” Leo van Loon is the co-founder and owner of creative industries incubator Creative Factory Rotterdam, ...

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Timo Santala Finland

“[Restaurant Day] was a very quick process from frustration into action.” Timo Santala is a Finnish journalist, photographer, and concept designer, and the founder of quarterly global ...

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John Bela US

“It’s a way of changing the way that people perceive a place prior to brick and mortar construction.” John Bela is a pioneer in user-generated urbanism and a public space ...

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Jesper Christiansen Denmark

“We used to do very isolated innovation projects which were good stories in themselves, but in order for stories to have a real impact, we need to work with the organisation and systemic ...

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Paul Collard UK

“Very fundamental to creativity is to ask questions, and to be curious, and to challenge things all the time.” Paul Collard is the CEO of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), an ...

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Geoff Warn (Moderator) Australia

Geoff Warn is a West Australian architect who established the award-winning Donaldson and Warn Architects with Richard Donaldson in 1985. Warn was recently appointed as Government Architect of ...

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