Enhancement of Public Spaces

The enhancement of public spaces is a touchstone of citizenship and incarnating a sense of belonging to local community. The process involves the layout, equipment, and animation of meeting spaces, whether they are predominantly vegetable, mineral, or aquatic.
It is mainly interested in symbolic public spaces, downtowns, memorials, heritage spaces, through the integration of the quality requirements of urban amenities and furniture into the revitalization of artistic creation.

These activities focus on strengthening the collective memory of a community, through a set of actions that promote identity and social cohesion, attempting to retrace the history of places and to value the cultural references of the territorial identity.

The main objectives of the promotion/enhancement of public spaces are:

– To allow the inland cities, focal points/nests of the revolution, some of which are now known worldwide since the 2010/2011 revolution, to have appropriate spaces that strengthen the social bond within urban communities, and the creation of an urban image juxtaposing the history of these cities, and the memory of the events that took place there.

– To enhance the attractiveness of cities and to contribute to citizens’ access to a better living environment that can strengthen citizenship, local identity and social cohesion, and to trigger a dynamic to promote their economic, socio-cultural and tourist potential.

The public space development process involves the following steps:

–Launch of design studies for the planning or replanning of public spaces, in close cooperation with civil society, local and regional authorities and university, and competitions on ideas if deadlines and budgets allow it,

– Carrying out social surveys with the support of local associations and professional associations such as the Tunisian Association of Urban Planners (ATU), The Tunisian Association of Landscape Architects and Engineers (TALAE), the Order of Architects of Tunisia, being the upstream of spatial planning studies

– The development, on the basis of a selected outline, of the planning/re-planning project and the preparation of the space management plan, as well as of the budget of the operation and its financial structure, including the contribution of local authorities, regional technical services, CILG-VNG International and possibly the private sector and cooperation partners.

Municipalities which have benefited from public space planning/re-planning projects have been able to:

– Improve or commit to improving the quality of their public spaces,

– Prepare for the set of conditions to enhance the attractiveness of their cities,

– Develop their capacity for planning and programming their public spaces.

For the municipality of Sidi Bouzid :  One urban park is being planned, and an execution/implementation study for the re-planning of the Mohamed Bouazizi Square was realized

– For the municipality of Kasserine the Square of Martyrs was equipped/ landscaped

Enhancement of Public Spaces