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In this section you will find publications, guides and reports generated by the IDB Cities Lab on various topics, including public space, cities for children and adolescents, and participatory urbanism.

Public Spaces in Latin America and The Caribbean: A guide for their Reactivation in the Post-Pandemic Era

This guide seeks to support local authorities in the region to safely reactivate public spaces in the post-pandemic period. The guide presents a diagnostic methodology (with the results of its application in 21 cities in the region), provides tools for their reactivation and presents examples of interventions that can be useful for the region. You can download the guide here or access the interactive publication that summarizes the tools and contents in a dynamic and didactic way for a better understanding. We invite you to watch the webinar where the pilot cities present their experience using the guide.

City for Children and Adolescents: Guide and Resources

The "City for Children and Adolescents" guide is a step-by-step guide to carry out a participatory diagnosis that allows us to know the vision, perceptions and aspirations of children and adolescents, to be integrated into the daily practice of urban design and development of cities. The guide is aimed at technical teams of citizen participation, urban planning and innovation laboratories of local, metropolitan or national governments that have set themselves the goal of rethinking the city to make it more child- and adolescent-friendly. This guide was applied in a participatory diagnosis in two neighborhoods in the city of Montevideo, where we worked together with the Montevideo Innovation Laboratory and the NGO Espacio Lúdico.

We invite you to read thin blog and download the guide here.

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Citizen Urbanism in Latin America

Citizen-led urbanism is a movement that proposes to think and build cities from, for and with the people. It is based on active citizenship at all levels of decision-making and is at the center of city planning and urban development. The book summarizes the main ideas of citizen-led urbanism and compiles 76 successful cases in 38 cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The publication is a unique contribution to the systematization of projects, tools, case studies and lessons learned in our region.

We seek to inspire the public sector working in urban development, with special emphasis on local governments and their urban planning and public works departments, to consider the case studies, methodologies and tools as references. The experiences gathered can be adopted by municipal teams to integrate urban innovation and experimentation in their methods of planning and executing work plans for social and environmental development.

Download the publication here.

How to build safe, Inclusive and Sustainable Cities with Open-Source Data?

This webinar presents the application of open data tools for the collection and evaluation of information on public spaces in a city, considering their connectivity, distribution, accessibility, quantity and quality. The application of the tools was a collaboration between the IDB Cities Lab and the UN-HABITAT Global Public Spaces Program, and was carried out in three cities in the Latin America and Caribbean region: Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Monteria (Colombia) and Montevideo (Uruguay). Although each of the selected urban systems is framed in different geographical and cultural contexts, they are regional benchmarks for the promotion of public space, and their evaluation allows for an understanding of the state of public space in the region and the development of scalable and replicable public policy recommendations. The report of the comparative study of public spaces in the three cities can be downloaded here.


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