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Walkscapes: Urban Regeneration through Education

“Walkscapes: Urban Regeneration through Education” is an Erasmus+ KA210 – Small Scale Partnerships project, aiming to train youth in Italy and Lithuania on the principles of Urban Regeneration. Through Walkscaping, participants will understand urban transformation in different European contexts, learn to design and realize grassroot practices of urban renewal.

Specific objectives

To consolidate a practice of non-formal education on Urban Regeneration (i.e., Walkscaping)

To promote transnational cooperation on Urban Regeneration between Parma and Kaunas

To spread small scale practices of
Urban Renewal

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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

The project main goal is to train youth in Italy and Lithuania on the principles of Urban Regeneration. This will be carried out through the codification and adoption of Walkscaping as an educational tool helping young people, citizens, associations and any other interested party to help them re-imagine their cities according to their needs, always paying attention to the environment and sustainability. To reach this general objective, the project will also aim to the attainment of the following specific objectives:

- To consolidate a practice of non-formal education on Urban Regeneration (i.e., Walkscaping)

- To promote transnational cooperation on Urban Regeneration between Parma and Kaunas

- To spread small scale practices of Urban Renewal

1. “Walkscapes Handbook”

The “Walkscapes Handbook” will consist in a digital manual codifying the methods, objectives and educational outcomes of Walkscaping. The handbook will serve to the realization of the Walkscapes planned during the project’s lifecycle and as a training manual for any organization and stakeholder who may wish to implement Walkscaping as an educational activity.

2. Four Walkscapes

During the project period, both partners will carry out 2 Walkscapes in their own cities, i.e., Parma and Kaunas. The Walkscapes carried out will aim to test the methodology devised on the project’s target groups, mostly composed of 15-20 young participants (18 – 30 years old). During these activities, participants will have the opportunity to engage in stimulating activities that will help them reflect and imagine new ways to live their own cities.

3. Two Training of Trainers (TOTs)

This activity will aim to equip the participants of the previous Walkscapes with the proper skills to manage their own Walkscape. The TOTs will be carried out in the form of a Walkscape organized and carried out by the target groups, who will be constantly supported by the project partners. The TOT in Kaunas (LT), will be carried out during a joint-staff training event, including both staff members from LUP and eMundus, while, in Parma, it will be implemented independently by the sole project coordinator.

4. Dossier

The last result will be a “Dossier” illustrating the results achieved during the whole project’s implementation phase and, especially, the feedback received by all the participants of the Walkscapes carried out. Based on the results achieved, the feedback and suggestions received from stakeholders and project participants, partners will also include in this document a list of policy recommendations for municipalities or any other relevant public authority dealing with topics and issues related to education, sustainable urbanism, ecology or social issues. The goal of this result is twofold: from one side, it aims to illustrate the outcomes and impact of the project, and, on the other hand, it will provide, through a multi-stakeholder bottom-up approach, relevant suggestions to policy-makers.

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Programme: Erasmus+ KA210 – Small Scale Partnerships

Project name: Walkscapes: Urban Regeneration through Education (Walkscapes)

Project Reference No.: 2021-1-IT03-KA210-YOU-000033858

Period: 27.02.2022 – 30.08.2023 (18 months)

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