The 2nd International Workshop for Public Space “Streets 2050 – Calles 2050” was held as a part of the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders on October 14th in Bogotá, Colombia. Alexander Ståhle from Spacescape moderated the workshop attended by more than 50 political leaders and decision-makers from around the world. The aim was to formulate a vision and guidelines for future public space. The workshop was organized by DADEP, The Department of Advocacy for Public Space of the City of Bogotá. Workshop attendees was divided into five groups based on five themes – Quality, Security, Vitality, Technology, Sustainability. At the end of the workshop, ten guidelines and a comprehensive vision were created interactively among and between the groups.
The following is the vision statement:
“In 2050, the public spaces in our city will be people-centered, safe, democratic, healthy, sustainable and vital; encourage walking and biking; connect the city with the region; integrate neighborhoods; and promote the happiness of all people.”
“En 2050, los espacios públicos deberían ser seguros, inclusivos, saludables, sostenibles y vitales; incentivando caminar y usar la bicicleta; conectando la ciudad con su región; integrando barrios; y desarrollando la felicidad de toda la gente.”
The workshop ended with the attendees signing a large paper symbolically representing an agreement to the vision and the guidelines for the future of public space “STREETS 2050 – CALLES 2050”.
Alexander Ståhle also held a presentation at the conference and took part in a panel-discussion on public space with DADEP and Skye Duncan from NACTO, which presented the Global Street Design Guide. Alexander also attended a meeting with DADEP regarding a policy draft focused both on public space in Bogota as well as on the website Observatorio for Public Space in Bogotá