24/05/2023 - 01/06/2023
Many cities in Europe experience population growth, generating increased pressure on urban land uses in and around their cities, often leading to uncontrolled urban sprawl. Evidence showed that during the 2000–2018 period, land take in Europe exceeded the assumed need (population growth). Urban sprawl, generally considered unsustainable, has existed for a long time. However, nowadays policy discourse centres on the concept of sustainability and politicians are looking to spatial planning to manage urban growth.
Reusing spaces and buildings can be seen as an effective way to reduce urban sprawl and its environmental impacts and to keep neighbourhoods occupied and vital. It is considered an attractive alternative to the construction of new buildings or using non-sealed soil. In the spirit of a circular economy, industrial areas in transition and deindustrialisation deserve particular attention.
With this exchange we intend that during 9 days (24th May to 1st June 2023) 33 young people from countries such as Spain, Slovakia, Poland, Turkey, Italy and Macedonia know the concept of sustainability and reuse of spaces in urban land already used for the purpose to give a “new life” to those spaces in different areas and areas connected at a social, economic, citizen, cultural and educational level.
Participants were from Spain , Turkey , Italy , Poland , North Macedonia and Slovakia . There were 4 participants from each country.