The Intercultural city aims at building its policies and identity on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of the society.

The first step is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges, and promote equal and active participation of residents and communities in the development of the city, thus responding to the needs of a diverse population. The Intercultural integration policy model is based on extensive research evidence, on a range of international legal instruments, and on the collective input of the cities member of the Intercultural Cities programme that share their good practice examples on how to better manage diversity, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage.

This section offers examples of intercultural approaches that facilitate the development and implementation of intercultural strategies.

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Möbius

A meeting place for inter-religious dialogue
2016
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San Sebastian is constructing a new building which could be used by different faith groups separately or together, located in the university grounds, to provide a symbolic representation of interfaith principles.  This had been created as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations by students from a Higher Technical School of Architecture with support from San Sebastian Council and a local university. 

The students had engaged with local religious groups to understand their requirements, and then built an open structure which could be used by a range of different local religious groups separately or together.  This can be seen as a visual demonstration of how religions can use public spaces, having no more or less rights than any other group, and how professions and public institutions can engage with them in dialogue to understand their needs and respond accordingly. 

This structure is called ‘Möbius’ .  Within the city itself, this had been balanced alongside other spaces such as the creation of a local mosque building which had brought together Muslims of different cultural backgrounds across the city, which saw its role as being both providing space for Muslims and improving opportunities for those from the wider communities to understand what went on in that place of worship. 


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