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Including People on Urban Stages

Posted by : Genoveva, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Architect
20 May, 2020 22:22:19

When we think on an ideal city, urbanism means including all. Who has access to some areas or fragments of a city and who stands apart. Three main aspects can change our ideals when we dream on Inclusive Cities.

 

 Priorizing Children and Adolescents first

When we design different zones and areas in a city plan we cannot leave aside groups, thinking mainly that our urban interventions must involved children and adolescents, adults, senior, and pets. Designing a square with a playground for children must include games and green areas too. Hammocks, see-saw, monkey bars and other climbing structures but also a sand box, or any other logic games such as chess, cards or other table games or art centres in order to include everybody; but also given freedom for kids to choose with what to play and not imposing a way of playing, a mode they must follow.

The dimension of this area cannot be for few as the playgrounds we can see nowadays. Few games and scarcity, but also standardization tend children to play in a limited way. Little place to run, or to interact with other infants are not well seen. We must have in my mind when design inclusive parks for our kids to build structures where children can use their senses to get along, interact and create while they play and not given them fixed or so stilled areas.

 Zones in Zones

Another fact to have in mind when we think of an inclusive city is mixture. Thinking in formal and informal market can guarantee access to everybody. Street markets, second hand stalls together with shops and galleries can provide a combination of shopping and walking, for different tastes and budgets.

 The same for housing and neighbourhoods. The main aim to provide areas where having a life can be easy in terms of moving, transporting, producing, shopping, studying, Medicaid, and expansion. Reorganizing building areas or villages can be a big chance to propose a mixture of activities; this means a zone in another zone; overlapping neighbourhoods instead of economical or social segregation materializing politics of gender, minorities, and migration, providing access for all.

 Identity Sites

People need to feel they are part. So designing inclusive cities must include a good regulation on urban scales in order to adjust cities to people, to pedestrians mainly. Therefore there would be people being part of a city: they will be main characters of a scale that fits for them. We can go over and redesign outdoors, financial centres, malls, freeways, and downtowns for people, who will be in first scene on stages, architect and planners, are going to offer. As a consequence, people will live places and areas adding a personal meaning.

 

So let’s go on walking along the riverside, driving for work through green blocks or going around downtown can be ways we make our places of our own, places and cities that include us all first.