Promotion of child and youth-friendly urban landscapes through participatory research on urban green
With regard to these challenges, „u3Green“ pursues three goals: (1) basic knowledge about the importance of urban green for children and the youth and how they actually use urban green will be gathered; (2) a web-based, child and youth-centric application will be developed to collect, evaluate and share information on urban green; (3) the results on the importance of urban green for children and the youth will be communicated using suitable geovisualization platforms such as interactive online maps and story maps.
Within the framework of various participation formats young people are involved in achieving the “u3Green” project goals using various methods (participatory design, participatory mapping, spatial data science, visual/ cartographic communication) and IT and geoinformatics tools (including ESRI applications). On the one hand, this refers to the participation of school students from the partner schools in workshops and spotlight events in order to discuss questions related to the challenges mentioned above and to develop initial solutions. On the other hand, school students from the partner schools contribute to the detailed answering of the questions within the framework of internships and workshop camps lasting several days.
Especially through the participation formats, "u3Green" supports the training of specialist knowledge and skills in the STEM field (i.e. teaching and study subjects relating to mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology) and other "soft skills" (e.g. science literacy) - in addition to an improved consideration of urban green spaces for young people in planning processes and an increased building of social awareness regarding urban green.
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