Landscape Education for Democracy

Codice progetto: KA203-013239

Programma: Erasmus+

Call: Strategic Partnership 2014

LED (Landscape Education for Democracy) is an interdisciplinary, international course unit training conceptual thinking, diversity management and intercultural communication for building leadership competence in the spatial planning professions.

To meet contemporary needs in spatial planning, we need to rethink design and planning education so that future practitioners will have the knowledge, skills and sensitivities necessary to design and implement democratic decision making in landscape planning. LED promotes empowerment, participation and active citizenship among young people by directly addressing the topic of participation and active citizenship, thus enhancing relevant competences needed for facing social, cultural and environmental challenges in Europe. It also includes training participation methods in interdisciplinary constellations as a fruitful ground for groundbreaking new ideas for local change. In this way it clearly supports the objectives of the 2013 Communication on Opening Up Education through providing an open, online course. LED focuses on the importance of the practical, everyday application of the principles of the European Landscape Convention, the Aarhus Convention and other key accords that address landscape decision-making along democratic principles.

The course utilizes gives students the opportunity to master - methods and theories typically not taught in spatial planning programs like landscape architecture or urban planning. These include: Participant Action Research, service learning, participatory design, ecological democracy and ecoliteracy.  Among the many important professional skills students will acquire in the course is developing appropriate and effective means of including marginalized or disadvantaged social groups. The students will be prepared for this in the theoretical phase of the project as we will provide case studies from a variety of cities to provide best practices for how to engage marginalized groups and include them in the planning process.

Durata del progetto

09.2015 - 09.2018

Responsabile scientifico per il Dipartimento 



NMBU, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (Norwey)


Nürtingen-Geislingen University (Germania)

University of Kassel (Germania)

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (Italia)

Szent István University (Ungheria)

LE:NOTRE Institute (Paesi Bassi)


Budget totale: Eur 306.523,00

Budget DA: Eur 50.396,00

Docenti e ricercatori collegati al progetto

Federica FULIGNI (federica.fuligni2@gmail.com)

Settore ERC del progetto

Higher Education