|Sumár projektu:||The ‘Learning Landscapes’ project designs a new format for collective visioning and creates an innovative partnership of academia, the public sector and planning professionals with civil society. Underpinning this understanding of the landscape is the European Landscape Convention’s definition of landscape as ‘an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors’ (Council of Europe, 2000). We built on the idea that the local landscape is the actual forum for democratic community visioning.
The learning landscapes project has therefore the following objectives:
(1) To open universities to their communities in three regional contexts, all of which are exemplary for relevant European challenges: The urban agglomeration of the Gdansk Bay in Poland, the urban landscape of Zagreb and its rural hinterland in Croatia; and the transboundary landscape of Bratislava in Slovakia. Our consortium brings universities and NGO partners from all three regions together.
(2) To prepare university staff members for their role as facilitators who are actively shaping the ‘learning landscapes process’ in an inclusive, empowering and democratic way.
(3) To include our students, the future generation of European planners and designers, into this process by adding an inclusive blended learning format to the ‘learning landscapes process’.
(4) To open up the ‘learning landscapes process’ to civil society by various means such as local design charrettes, open online lecture series, collaborative mapping activities, landscape walks and storytelling events.
(5) To create and share knowledge by documenting the learning landscapes methodology as an open educational resource.
The following activities are planned:
(1) Design and implementation of a staff development programme.
(2) The testing and evaluation of various participatory methods for involving the general public actively in ‘Learning Landscape Process’ (such as collaborative mapping, collective visioning, co-designing etc.)
(3) Design and implementation of two blended learning activities in relation to the territorial scope of the landscapes under consideration (Gdansk, Bratislava and Zagreb).
(4) A collaboratively developed and tested method for ‘democratic design charrettes’ as a core element of the ‘Learning Landscapes Process’, transferable to any future location/context.
(5) Open-access documentation of the ‘Learning Landscapes Process’
(6) A rigorous monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the measures and activities
(7) Implementation of two multiplier events embedded in the Landscape Forum in Gdansk (2021) and a forum follow-up event in Zagreb in 2022. We expect about 200 attendants in total.
The project will generate the following outputs:
(1) Handbooks on the learning landscapes process and its methodology and on the staff development process: The Learning Landscapes Process (Output 1)
(2)Three web-based interactive platforms documenting the Learning Landscapes process at each location and facilitating its follow-up activities in a cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary partnership: Learning Landscapes Online Labs (Output 2)
(4) Substantial capacity and skills development among the core target groups of the ‘Learning Landscapes’ project, which will be transferable to other European audiences and future forum locations.
(5)A system for recognising the engagement of staff, students and civil society partners in the learning landscapes process in the form of ECTS (students), staff development recognition (staff) and ‘civil society certificates’ recognizing civic engagement on behalf of academia, recognition for young people via YouthPass or similar
The target groups of the Learning Landscapes project are university staff and students, local community stakeholders such as cultural representatives, educational institutions, NGOs, policy-makers, administrations and local community associations. Through the ‘Learning Landscapes Process’ the project will also address members from civil society in general and specific social groups such as school students, the elderly, youth in general, ethnic groups or refugees.|