Inclusive and Healthy Public Spaces

Cities and communities are structured around common spaces. Space determines accessibility and interaction. Hence, the fair distribution of the burdens and benefits of development are reflected, and can be seen, in space. Public space has the power to organise and structure public life and inclusive public spaces can foster better democratic environments. But these issues can’t be separated from environmental issues: inclusive urban spaces are also healthy and sustainable urban spaces, because they should accommodate a wide range of urban actors and stakeholders who are able to interact and exchange, and they should also accommodate natural systems, natural flows, and animals. This is a key aspect of sustainable development that is not only inclusive, but also sensitive and adaptive to the current climate emergency. GUL addresses these issues by exploring how planners and designers in the Global South think, envision, plan, and design public spaces in their cities and communities, and how these public spaces foster public life, democracy, participation, vibrancy, interaction and sustainable development.