“The city must contribute to the coordination of differentiated identities, but it is also a place of encounter and exchange and, therefore, a school that stimulates innovation and tolerance”
Cities impose an unavoidable demand: living together. This leads to encounters and exchanges, but also to disagreements and dissents.
Living together in cities is possible on the basis of dialogue, respect of diversity, the construction of spaces for encounter and shared spaces that bet on the possibility of overcoming fragmentation.
Frequently, this is experienced a conflictive manner, which makes it necessary to find ways to resolve these problems in order to enable the development of strategies and to foster fluent exchanges.
Cities emerge and are established because of deep and philosophical reasons that contemplate not only the organization of labour and commercial organization of people. Cities are the result of the compelling human need to design and build collectively, to meet and to imagine oneself in a society. Because of this, the times, spaces and activities shared between citizens reflect the form in which said community, said social group, chooses to meet and summon themselves, discuss and understand. The local space is a proximity space, the space of closeness between citizens. It is in the museum, in the street, in the library, in the club where the daily scenes that weave our life together originated from and are designed.
When we, citizens, do something, we do it with somebody else, with everything that is around us and with everything we imagine and wish. In the city, different realities, multiple identities and cultures, some more recognized and others less visible, exist and develop.
Promoting spaces for confronting these realities in a creative manner entails favouring exchange, where all of us have something to learn and to teach is one of the key roles of local governments. Betting on coexistence means enhancing the way we look at things, building inclusive scenarios from the symbolic and the material.
The key aspects explored in this section are the actions leading us to meet and inviting us to create, build and share through the languages of art, body, and thought.
We include here the actions that everyday invite us to reflect on our bonds, our relationship to the physical and human surroundings, from a perspective including the intergenerational dialogue, education in diversity and accessibility.