The UCLG Public Space Policy Framework is a tool that aims at helping Mediterranean municipalities understand the pivotal role of public space in urban planning. By highlighting the intersection of public space with different public policy areas (social policies, governance & participation, natural environment, accessibility, identity & culture, economic policies), it allows its user to create a strategic urban development vision with public space as its key axis.
Moreover, the UCLG Public Space Framework aims at easing the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals into their respective contexts, helping local government to adapt the solutions to each city’s specific context and realities.
Local governments should start implementing this framework by recognizing their challenges, specific to their own realities. Thus, the government can decide to develop new public space policies and implementation strategies, to improve or shift existing policies and public spaces.
Likewise, public space policies should be constantly monitored for their sustainability and effectiveness to allow for a flexible re-adaptation.
With the advent of mass motorisation, public space is declining, also in Mediterranean cities. By including this document highlighting the pivotal role public space plays in certain policy areas, a new perspective on urban planning is offered.