Public Space

Transforming public space into a harmonious meeting place for the population, adapted to different needs, improving the connection between different districts of the city, as well as fostering the feeling of belonging to the city through appropriation and respectful, civic use of public space, are some of the goals of educating cities.

In this framework, educating cities are developing programs to eliminate architectonic barriers, improve public transport, design new cities spaces in a participatory way, and implement programs that foster coexistence between different groups, age groups, cultures, etc.

Principles of the Charter:1, 8 and 10

Charter of Educating Cities


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Experiences - News

Climate Shelters at Schools

"Let's adapt schools to climate change through green, grey and blue" aims to transform schools into salubrious spaces by incorporating vegetation, shade and water sources. [...]

Pictograms for an inclusive city

Project to promote the social inclusion and autonomy of people with cognitive orientation difficulties, reinforcing their safety when moving around the city. [...]

COLAB. Collaborative laboratory in the neighbourhoods of Pescadores and Grito do Povo

The COLAB project is a territorially-based intervention that seeks to promote citizen participation and improve people’s quality of life, taking into account the educational potential of cultural activities. [...]

Superilla Barcelona [Superblock Barcelona] An urban model to foster sustainable mobility and quality of life in the city

The Barcelona Superblock is articulated as a comprehensive plan that aims to foster the equitable, healthy, safe and sustainable use of urban space. [...]

Citizens Like You

Program aiming at improving the harmonious living in the city through citizenship education, positive recognition of behaviors that contribute to the common good and public communication [...]

The Abre Plan at Rouillón and Seguí

A comprehensive intervention to improve the quality of life, social harmony and the safety of the citizens residing in neighbourhoods whose residential environment has deteriorated and where the social exclusion risk indicators are high. [...]

Urban Regeneration Plan of the Historic Centre

Local government, experts and neighbours are working together to improve the habitability of the old historic centre, through the preservation of the cultural heritage, the boosting of sustainable economic initiatives and community participation. [...]

Neighbourhood Guardian

The work of the neighbourhood guardians consists in reporting on the status of the public spaces in their area of residence, acting also as educational and awareness agents on environmental issues and other matters vis-à-vis the other citizens. [...]

Night-time Picnics

In order to fight the feeling of insecurity, Rosario carries out an initiative free of charge that consists in inviting the citizenry to meet, enjoy and share the public parks in the summer months (January to April), one Thursday per month, from 8pm on. [...]

Reintroducing a forgotten figure: the Square Custodian

In addition to being a focal point for the area in issues related to the care and maintenance of parks and squares, currently the square custodian have also acquired the role of educating agent and transmission belt of local policies. [...]

Building the best neighbourhood

This is a program characterized by its two-pronged objective: to give the citizens the leading role in the design and development of actions to improve the quality of life of their neighborhood and generate a feeling of belonging to the same. [...]

The School Path, the safe walk

The School Path is a mobility education project directed at students from schools in the Couto neighbourhood. The objective of this program is to get students to walk to school, avoiding, as much as possible, the use of a car. [...]

Organized Living Units – UVA

About twenty large-scale facilities, distributed all over the city, in order to foster places where people meet and have access to recreational and cultural activities, have been designed with the citizen participation. They are free and accessible to the entire population. [...]

World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for better Living together and Peace

Madrid will host from 19 to 21 April 2016 the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Better Living Together and Peace; an event aiming at outlining the tasks that local governments and citizenship must assume when working for the construction of a coexistence and peace. [...]


An easy-to-read map that was born in the Spanish city of Pontevedra in order to encourage pedestrian mobility. With a design inspired by metro-maps, it gives information to people about distances and time between different points of the city. [...]

Landscape Project

Students, teachers and families participated in the improvement of the environment and access to three educative centres located on the outskirts of the city, in order to increase traffic safety, cleanliness and landscape quality. [...]

Baana, a pedestrian and cycling lane

An old railway line has been integrated in the city as a pedestrian way and bike lane. Furthermore, the areas of the city that had remained disconnected because of this lane, are now connected thanks to this new use of the railway. [...]

Torres in the Centre

Renovation and restoration of the historical centre in order to make the city an urban and environmental benchmark space, attractive from the social, economic and cultural point of view [...]

Neighbours making the city

Through this project the City Council wants to involve people in the design, planning, construction or remodelling and activation of the public spaces, fostering the empowerment of the community based on a project of community participation. [...]

Vila Viva Programme

The Vila Viva mission is the integral rehabilitation of the slums, not only from the urban planning dimension but also the social and community one, and of the regularization of the dwellings, by means of the participation of the inhabitants. [...]

Neighbourhood Agreements: an instrument of participatory democracy in Geneva

The Neighbourhood Agreements represent a commitment of the City Council of Geneva, local inhabitants, workers and retailers to improving the quality of life of their neighbourhoods by identifying needs and proposing specific projects. [...]

RecreActive Route

Every Sunday during 6 hours, the City Council of Guadalajara turns the city's main arteries closed to traffic in favour of the citizens’ leisure, where they can walk, ride bicycles, skate, practice sport, and stroll with their families, etc. [...]

Shared Gardens

Citizens who live in apartment blocks, which do not have private green areas, transform the public space at the street level of their buildings into a community garden, which would in turn foster more direct contact amongst neighbours and socialization. [...]

White Spot

The main goal of this project is the restoration of degraded public spaces, with the support and participation of different public and private entities and the citizenry in general. [...]

Urban Transformation of the Granollers Old Town

A citizen participation global project centred on the construction of a quality urban space that could foster social cohesion, coexistence and the promotion of cultural and social activities. A friendly space conceived for the citizenry. [...]

Social Park

After being confirmed that conflicts had arisen amongst the different age groups that shared a public park, the City Council and another municipal entity decided to intervene in this space by putting forward an educative project that sought to foster cross-generational dialogue. [...]

Bureau of Tranquillity

Through this service it is intended to solve citizens’ problems, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, such as: disputes between neighbours, vandalising of public spaces, badly parked cars, disturbances caused by noise, etc. [...]