Place Making week Kampala

Open Spaces for public engagement in Mobility Planning

Place-Making Week in Kampala City from 17-19 January 2018

Place making is inclusive process emphasizing collaborative ‘making’ that builds local capacity and leadership to empower communities committed to “strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. It is more than just promoting better urban design facilitating creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

 

This participatory two-way communication between city dwellers and the local government can be done both offline, for instance through neighborhood assemblies, or online, through different digital platforms. The development of new digital tools has allowed for more agile and open approaches to participatory democracy, making the ability to reach out to citizens easier, cheaper and more effective than ever before. As a result, feedback channels from citizens to local managers have multiplied in the past decades, with many technology companies designing new open source tools to facilitate decision-making and participatory democracy.

Integrated Transport Systems:

An Integrated Mobility Plan is a strategic tool designed to ensure people and places can connect, now and in the future. Integrated mobility plans can be designed at local, regional or national level by the authorities in charge, in accordance with stakeholders from different sectors such as land-use planning, environment, energy or healthcare. The aim of mobility plans is to ensure optimal conditions for  successful urban development through better structuring mobility in a city and its urban area. In this respect, public transport should be considered  the backbone of  mobility plans, since it represents the basis of sustainable mobility.

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