Today’s cities are undergoing processes of fragmentation and dissolution of the social fabric, processes that strengthen each other to contribute to the quasi-disappearance of the public space as one of citizenship.
The problems and challenges faced by local governments are arduous, complex, persistent and often bewildering. They are situations that bring into play political options and decisions and in which a multiplicity of actors and institutions participate in the different levels of action.
Within this framework, it is the Local Government, through its departments, that comes up as the actor able to implement multidimensional proposals and responses, promote agreement, forge commitments and coordinate efforts aligning all these elements with the specific characteristics of the territories in the cities, building the public agenda together with civil society’s organizations and the private environment. The urban public space should be granted as a place of memory, a point of encounter and the basis for urban transformation.
Public spaces require citizens’ participation and debate in the planning, design and management processes, considering the particular attention required by the different social groups.
The city is also a pact, power, sedimentation; it is the past, present and future of its inhabitants, their projects and their plans.
The city is the space where its inhabitants may recognize themselves in everything that goes on in it and commit themselves with the transformation processes of both, the urban spaces and the current social processes.
City culture develops in this common space, in agorae where the exchange of ideas and knowledge is promoted, in places of encounter where people participate, relate to each other and share their experiences.
The city generate collective constructions in each territory, strengthens the identity, the social fabric and its coexistence relations.
Then, how should public spaces be developed for the citizens and for coexistence? How should the challenges for designing cities be tackled? How should their construction be integrated to social movements?
The impact of global transformations of local scenarios, the use and appropriation of public space, the participation of citizens, the dimension of memory in cities and the subjects and identities rising from them will be analyzed in this core subject.