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Aglaée Degros
Sabine Knierbein 
Ali Madanipour 

Aglaée Degros is, together with Stefan Bendiks, cofounder of Artgineering (2001), an office for urban planning and infrastructure based in Rotterdam. Their work has won several awards, such as the Karl Hofer award of the UdK Berlin. Aglaée currently lectures at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam and in the past has been a visiting professor and guest lecturer at several architecture institutions throughout Europe.

Sabine Knierbein is assistant professor (tenure track) and the director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Faculty of Architecture and Planning at the Vienna University of Technology. She holds a diploma in Landscape Architecture and a Ph.D. in European Urban Studies. She has worked on public spaces for fifteen years, and has published in English, German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Ali Madanipour is professor of urban design and the director of the Global Urban Research Unit, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. His books on the theme of public space include Public and Private Spaces of the City (2003) and Whose Public Space? International case studies in urban design and development (2010), both published by Routledge.

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Resilience, rhythm, and public space. Shaping robust environments

Resilience is the capacity to recover from a traumatic situation or ordinary decline, which induces the practice of shaping meaningful public spaces. Meaningful public spaces emerge in certain spatial contexts and involve a plethora of social times, that is, rhythms. How can we grasp the potential of public spaces to serve as catalysts for change and as arenas to overcome slow or drastic changes? To what extent is this capacity to recover and to establish a new balance related to patterns of social use and cultural practices?
Rhythm relates to an alternative conception of time as non-linear, cyclic and related to the repetitive and ordinary practices that occur in everyday life. This enquiry promotes an understanding of the potential robustness of urban environments (resilience) from the grassroots rather than from technologically framed and top-down prescribed solutions to enhance the capacity of cities to overcome shock, disaster on the one hand, or continuous and slow decline on the other. The notion of rhythm appears to be central to an understanding of public spaces that can be considered resilient in a socially inclusive way.(...)