Why? The idea of the Open Street is to create a platform where children and youth are given space in the public to showcase their talent, reclaim the space of the street to a place for people and to create a positive meeting place in the community. The aim to nurture the rise of optional and spontaneous activities in the streetscape, in order to transform the streets as places of self-expression, influence and power. By involving children and youth, seeing them as a resource in transformation processes, they feel involved, responsible and attached to the wider urban fabric, generating individual and urban transformation. Furthermore, the aim is to generate a safer urban environment.
It is mirroring the global movement where tactical urbanism activities are taking place in the streetscape, where urban residents are reclaiming the right to their city.