For young people, public spaces are a necessary part of their development. They facilitate social interaction and cultural ties helping to create a sense of belonging to public property, identity and belonging to community.
Youth are among the groups of the most active users of public spaces and it is important that cities include the perspectives of young people in creating these spaces.
Starting with schools, libraries, squares, parks and other urban recreation centers, all of these spaces become focal points for youth development. The more creative, accessible and well-designed these spaces are for young people, the higher the impact on their social and cultural life.
This programme aims to promote the implementation of project ideas that provide additional physical space and youth-friendly infrastructures to young people in the city, which are autonomous, open, safe and accessible to all. Some of these spaces aim to provide professional support for the development and provision of opportunities for youth participation in decision-making and urban life.
The ultimate goal of this programme is for young people to become co-designers of Tirana's urban spaces as well as to enable them to identify the ways through which their community can shape these spaces to offer better social and cultural engagement.