• urbanNext “How much public space is needes” – exerpt from the publication Pure Space by Elisa Silva



This article is an exerpt from the publication Pure Space: expanding the public sphere through public space transfromations in Latin American spontanoues settlements.

If creating public space in spontaneous settlements were embraced as an effective investment to increase social inclusion and better integrate Latin American cities, how much would have to be built?

Quantifying this endeavor and defining a target scope would help optimize resource allocation and public policy. To begin with, public spaces are not as prevalent in Latin American cities as they are in other latitudes of the world. Because of their scarcity, the few that do exist are often heavily overused, and their deterioration exceeds maintenance budgets.