For young people, public spaces are an significant part of growing up. They are important in shaping youth character as they facilitate social interaction and cultural connection, helping to establish a sense of community identity.
Youth is one of the strongest user-groups of public spaces and it is important for cities to include young peoples’ perspectives in their design. Starting from schools, libraries, plazas, parks and other urban recreational hubs, they all become focal points for youth development. That is why the more creative, accessible and well-designed these spaces are for young people, the higher will be the impact on their socio-cultural life.
Our projects within this pillar, aim to provide additional youth friendly physical facilities and infrastructures in the city, which are autonomous, open, safe and accessible to all. Some of these spaces are aimed at offering professional support for development and ensuring opportunities for youth participation in community life and decision making. The final aim of this program is to make young people co-designers of their city’s urban spaces by also identifying ways in which their communities can make use of these places to build better civic engagement culture.