Title: Young Placemakers Initiative
Coordination: URBAN2020 Association
Collaboration: Dr. Pietro Elisei, Coordinator
Sabina Dimitriu, PR and Communication Expert
Matei Cocheci, Urban Planning Expert
Funding: Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU – Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme
Duration: 18 months, May 2015 – October 2016
The YPLAN project has three main specific objectives:
A. To achieve heightened awareness towards social public space, planning and civic involvement among 7,000 students in Bucharest, of which a pilot group of 30 high school students and 6 volunteers from the University, to be involved in further piloting activities.
In the first few months of the project, we will focus our attention on raising awareness in 12 high schools in Bucharest and in the online environment through a comprehensive YPLAN campaign.
Where we will deploy our campaign, which high schools we will visit and the results of this large-scale process will be featured in Our Campaign page, on our Facebook page and in the regular YPLAN Newsletters.
B. To achieve heightened awareness towards social public space, planning and civic involvement among 7,000 students in Bucharest, of which a pilot group of 30 high school students and 6 volunteers from the University, to be involved in further piloting activities.
Starting December 2015, the YPLAN team will organize interactive Urban Walks and workshops with a group of previously selected students. We aim at involving the most interested and invested students from our online community and especially the target high schools, through an online application procedure.
The YPLAN team aims at presenting students with a holistic hands-on urban planning and design experience, through 4 Bucharest urban walks with interactive “urban observations” discussions aimed at stimulating creativity, initiative and building a knowledge base in planning.
Furthermore, our students will be involved in 6 thematic interactive planning workshops, in which they will work in teams on designing and redeveloping a selected number of public spaces. The concepts and ideas resulting from this process will be openly shared through the online platform with the online community of young placemakers, in real time and through media, as first results start to appear. Everything we develop will be shared in the Involving Young Placemakers page of this website.
C. To implement on-site a number of 4 redesign projects and to diffuse the project achievements through an online platform, a publication and a final presentation event as a means to ensure the continuity and lasting impact of the initiative.
Our goal is ambitions: we aim at developing, together with the students, a “One hundred ideas for public spaces in Bucharest” sustainable redesign project and advance it to the Municipality of Bucharest as a position document for currently lacking urban policies. The project will represent a holistic approach to the underused public spaces in Bucharest that presently do not function at the level of their underlying potential.
We will select a number of 4 redevelopment projects from the students’ work targeting “soft” interventions in the urban space and implement them in cooperation with the local administration and community members.
Last but not least, our final booklet of the YPLAN experience will represent an illustrated methodology on public space co-design through youth civil empowerment in Romanian cities, and it will be promoted together with the implemented projects in the end conference and the tour events we plan for showcasing the tangible results of the 18-month project.