Today it is essential to look and ask how our cities responsible architects: What is my proposal and added value to the public space in my city?
In the two years it took me to study my Masters constantly heard the term public space and understand its complexity to attend the workshop in Medellin, Colombia, Recent city that has won awards such as the Innovative City and Town Environmental Prize Planet mentioned last 28 March 2014.
These awards and my visit prompted me to investigate strategies regarding the management of public space and its Centralities.
We speak of Public Space as a “main element of the structuring system”. What does this mean? That the Municipality opted for the rescue of Public Space as a suitable tool for achieving environmental equilibiro, main stage of social integration and citizenship building. They see the need to design and implement a Special Plan for Public Space and Equipment, aimed at rationalizing public investment towards offering, reduce urban equilibrium, contribute education systems, recreation, sports, social security, to support tourism and community organization, defining coverage areas, quality, location, accessibility, about other services and the private sector in shaping the system. 1
As a good example we have the Park Barefoot, Plaza Botero, Plaza Lights , The Sculpture Park, etc.
Medellin next goal is to achieve 3.8 square meters of public space per inhabitant whereas the 2020 exceeds city 10 square meters per capita, Ideal as international bodies such as the World Bank. 2
There are very clear components that make up the public space: parks, places, greenery, public buildings, Urban socket, sights, mobility alternating stations.
Public spaces should respect the site's identity, the values of community and culture, and grant citizens a sense of belonging, as it has proven to be a strong social fabric restorative. Historical moments and events such as those that occur in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Mexico remember, expression of popular carnivals Campeche and Yucatan, various parades in the streets of New York, traditional festivals such as the Fair of the Magi in Tizimín, Yucatán, citizens are possible acts by public space. I fancy think that public space would be an eco-tone, a kind of buffer between the streets and in harmony with its landscape and people takes over the city.
And I close by way of reflection remembering our great writer Carlos Monsivais, who claimed that everyday life in the city is nothing but an activity of survivors. Therefore said “We move among the ruins snapshots of modernity” (Monsivais, "Revelation and utopias").
1 Technical Support Document POT (Agreement 46/2006)
Municipality of Medellín.
2 The Colombian Juan Carlos Valencia Gil
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