The cities of tomorrow need to be created by the bright minds of the future. The aim of CircularCityChallenge is therefore to set up a pan-European competition for students through which the consortium will collect creative and novel ideas for circular city approaches.
Research on education for sustainable development has shown that teaching sustainability and circularity is a challenge, as it requires a departure from the disciplinary and subject-focused teaching that predominates current educational paradigms, particularly in engineering education. A simple integration into existing courses is not enough because sustainability is a multifaceted problem that requires modern systems in order to understand drivers and solutions, societal and economic aspects.
To communicate the complex topic of sustainability, interest and relevance must be promoted, not only to students, but also to educators and policymakers. Moreover, it is key to understand, that the focus on circularity is not only limited on its analysis alone, but also on design and synthesis. Social justice and socio-economic impacts of climate change are key aspects that need to be connected to topics such as sustainability, economy, waste reduction, urban strategies, etc.
In order to address this challenge, the CircularCityChallenge project will develop a participatory contest that allows students to design and submit their own ideas, concepts and solutions to this multifaceted problem. As such, this approach will build on the logic of co-creation and informal learning, which are characterised by intrinsic motivation.
Thus, the project ensures a horizontal learning effect, which will lead to a broader and deeper understanding. In this sense, CircularCityChallenge givesstudents the right to choose their education and learning style. The project will contribute to filling a gap in research, advancing knowledge in the field, and integrating environmental action in education curricula.
The Project will therefore:
- ANALYSE curricula, education methods, tools, good practices, and topics to set up the CircularCityChallenge in the context of the circular city approach as a way to address challenges of urbanisation.
- CO-CREATE an innovative challenge concept, select relevant topics, and define contest categories, formats and prizes in co-creation workshops with education experts, schools, municipalities, and young people
- BUILD an interactive challenge platform with multifunctional modules including an open information hub with resource directories, an intuitive contest submission system, and awareness channels.
- CONDUCT the CircularCityChallenges across Europe, focussing on the involved cities, with several contest categories and creative submission types to foster education on circularity and sustainability among young people.
- DEVELOP curricula roadmaps and educational kits with supporting material for schools, and derive lessons learned on and experiences with educating circularity through participative challenges.
- BOOST interest in the project in performing targeted, measurable and traceable communication and dissemination efforts to spread the results achieved and outline a sustainable exploitation strategy.
Coordinated by SYNYO GmbH (AT) and throughout a duration of 30 months with a total number of 118 person months, 6 partners will be working on analysing the body of knowledge as well as conducting empirical research on the challenges and needs. Among these partners are Stadtgemeinde Trofaiach (Austria), Ayuntamiento de Logroño (Spain), Municipiul Bistrita (Romainia), BISS Institute at Maastricht University (The Netherlands), University of Architecture and Urban Planning (Romania). They will reflect the complexity of individual and structural dimensions, geographical scale as well as the forms and levels of responses related to different stakeholder groups and practitioners
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