Over two-thirds of the EU population lives in urban areas, accounting for almost 80% of total energy consumption and 85% of GDP. While representing the engines of the European social and economic life, acting as catalysts for creativity and innovation, cities are where the most severe social problems, such as unemployment, segregation, homelessness and environmental degradation, more easily persist.
Rapid urban development and a growing population has led to an increase in demand for practices of sustainable urban development. In this regard, the Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities requires cities to be liveable, safe and participative. This goal serves as a milestone in advancing practices of sustainable urbanism, as it shifts the attention towards a stronger social integration for sustainable urban planning and management.
Similarly, the European Commission defines the EU approach to a sustainable and integrated urban development as characterised by “a multi-level governance and multi-stakeholder approach, which coordinates different actors according to their respective roles, skills and scales of interventions, ensuring that citizens are actively engaged”.
The project “Walkscapes: Urban Regeneration through Education” fits in this context by adopting the practice of the “Walkscape” as a tool to increase young citizens’ awareness about sustainable urbanism and promote their engagement in active citizenship. Illustrated by Careri, a Walkscape is a group walk designed to explore neglected spaces in urban and peri-urban areas to understand their transformations. It represents an invitation to observe, listen, draw, write, photograph, collect and learn to deconstruct and reinvent the identity and function of those places whose role in our cities is ambivalent and prone to decay.
Project period: 27.02.2022 – 30.08.2023 (18 months)
Erasmus+ program: KA210 – Small Scale Partnerships in Youth
Target groups: Youth (18 – 30 years old)
Stakeholders: Environmental associations, municipalities, cultural associations, NGOs, Universities