Landscape Education for Democracy (LED) to Learning, Empowerment, Agency and Partnership (LEAP)

Codice progetto: 2019-1-NL01-KA203-060497 

Programma: Erasmus+ 

Call: 2019 Round 1 KA203 


The LED2LEAP project aims to bring a new way of thinking and acting into relevant university curricula in order to prepare the future generation of landscape architects, planners, architects and designers for their role as democratic leaders for sustainability. There is an urgent need for transformative competence at all levels of society since the challenges for our communities are growing across Europe. Powerful driving forces such as the globalization of work, climate change, digitalization, demographic ageing, migration, individualization, biodiversity loss and unequal resource distribution are not resolvable within the framework of election periods and sector-specific policies.

The proposal aims to develop the discussion within academia and the landscape and planning professions around the need for landscape democracy-building policies and processes related to landscape change. Linking expert and local knowledge is not only helpful to inform better decisions but also ensure policies which are both grounded in state of the art knowledge and communities’ perceptions. The partnership between academia and civil society is also embedded in the Participatory Action Research (PAR) nature of the project, and its predecessor LED seminar. This framework allows knowledge to be co-created rather than simply transferred to communities top down.

Disciplines involved in the projects are mainly landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, and architecture, social and urban studies. The consortium consists of the following university and NGOs partners: LE:NOTRE Institute (Netherlands, the project coordinator), Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen (Germany), University of Bologna (Italy), Szent István University Budapest (Hungary), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden) and the NGO Partners KultúrAktív (Hungary) and EtaBeta Cooperative (Italy).

The teams will exchange their work in a cross-cultural perspective during the LED online course, LED2LEAP living Labs and Intensive Study Programs (ISPs). The goal is to prepare future professionals to operate in cross-cultural and transdisciplinary contexts. Engaging with local partners will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the complex challenges to address.


Durata del progetto

09.2019 – 08.2022 

Responsabile scientifico per il Dipartimento 



LE:NOTRE Institute, Wageningen, Netherlands


Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Nürtingen, Germany

Szent István University, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Budapest, Hungary

KulturActiv, NGO, Budapest, Hungary

University of Bologna, Department of Architecture, Italy

ETABETA, NGO, Bologna, Italy

SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden


Budget totale: Eur 318.765,00 

Budget DA: Eur 50.890,00

Docenti e ricercatori collegati al progetto

Luigi BARTOLOMEI (Assegnista)

Federica FULIGNI (federica.fuligni2@gmail.com)

Settore ERC del progetto

Higher Education