Members of this group are:
- MADE, UK
- Colaborativa, Spain
- Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
- University of Brussels, Belgium
- Vuste Envis, Czech Republic
Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment (MADE) is a Registered Charity and not-for-profit educational and cultural organisation. We are an architecture centre which helps residents, young people, artists and architects to work together to improve their town/city. We provide vocational training for built environment professionals and young people, and we support secondary school teachers (of vocational education) with work experience placements for their students.
We provide informal learning opportunities for tenants of housing associations, and we link up with universities and college to offer careers support for young people. As well as being co-ordinating partner for this project, MADE will actively contribute to all the partner seminars, set up and host one partner seminar, set up and host the blog to review and progress actions and keep all partners up-to-date. We will arrange any other collaborative activities with our partners, and work towards a legacy for this project. We will work with Vuste-Envis (and the other partners) on the evaluation. We will take ultimate responsibility for good communications/ resolving communications issues, and will co-ordinate the project to make sure the partners can keep to the workplan.
MADE works in the West Midlands area of the UK, which has a population of 5.1 million people, half of whom live in the urban conurbation of Birmingham/Coventry/Black Country. The region’s capital Birmingham has the most diverse and the youngest population of any UK city. The urban area is home to much former industry, derelict sites, busy ring roads and poor housing, and is characterised by low aspirations and low educational achievement. MADE targets our activities to such areas and communities, where we work with residents to improve the design quality of their local neighbourhoods an improve the life skills of disaffected young people. This project will address the specific needs of unemployed people entering the labour market and of teachers of vocational subjects in areas of disadvantage.
Colaborativa is a cultural organisation based in Cordoba, Spain. We carry out urban analysis and studies focusing on exploring the city and its defining factors. For that purpose Colaborativa develops the tools and processes that are needed for involving citizens in creating a more efficient and participative management of the built environment. Colaborativa organises cultural activities encouraging an unbiased and proactive debate about the current state of our cities and the existing opportunities to improve them.
Colaborativa’s team consists of architect Javier Buron and software & electronic engineer Magda Sanchez. Our role in the project: organise and have the second partner meeting in Cordoba, take part in the blog and communicate regularly with partners. We will bring staff/trainers to all partner seminars, help write case studies for websites, and help with evaluation and the final report. In particular, we can share the tools on the built environment that we have been using with citizens, to see if they can be adapted for vocational learning, eg for secondary school students.
For the seminar in March 2013, we are interested in using free 3D modelling tools as an attractive way for young people to analyse and understand their immediate urban environment, enriching the skills of local communities for communicating their ideas about physical space. We would also like to learn other organisations’ experience of co-ordinating work placements in private companies as this could be a useful experience for some of the unemployed citizens of Cordoba in future.
Social context: We are contributing to regenerating and improving the less-favoured neighbourhoods of the City of Cordoba. We are currently promoting workshops for the urban dynamisation of El Sector Sur neighbourhood, which is located in the poorest area of Cordoba and is included into the Urban Sur Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This European programme has the objective of helping to reinforce economic and social cohesion by redressing regional imbalances.
The Faculty of Architecture La Cambre-Horta is part of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, part of the UNICA network of European universities. The Faculty of Architecture is the result of the merger of two institutes, each with a long and rich experience of education. The new faculty holds that architecture is an art of public and social reason, to meet the arts and sciences, reality and imagination, rigour and feeling, poetry and art, traditions and innovations.
Our role in this project will be to take part in all the seminars and blog discussions with our senior staff, trainers and learners. We will host one partner seminar, the fourth seminar which will consider vocational education links with universities across the member states. We plan to write articles for publication in journals. This Leonardo Partnership project will allow the Faculty to develop stronger links with other European partners in the area of vocational education.
Social context: The university has a history of welcoming students from across Europe (and further afield) and are proud of being a multi-cultural institute. Our Faculty is committed to enriching the experience of students and the community.
Wrocław University of Technology is a public higher education institution founded in 1945. Our position in the research and teaching field places us among the top technical universities in Poland. The educational standards offered at the university are closely connected with our dynamic scientific work and industrial experience. Research and education are strongl influenced by international cooperation with over 430 partner universities all over the world. There are over 33,000 students at WrUT enrolled in a wide range of fields including Architecture and Civil Engineering.
Our role in the project will be taking part in all the partner seminars and blog with our staff/trainers/learners, using the learning in our future programmes, helping with articles in journals and websites, and contributing to any other relevant activity. We will host the final seminar, in Wroclaw, to show partners activities in the university (as well as the architecture and culture of this historic city). The Faculty already runs occasional study visits for students to other member states, and we anticipate this Leonardo Partnership project will allow us to develop relationships with more organisations for additional study visits and for our students and graduates to take part in future mobilities.
Social context: in the last election, turn-out was less than 50 per cent. Better knowledge by citizens about urban context could help foster greater public participation and encourage people to get involved in local problems.
Vuste Envis is a transnational vocational training organisation which works with diverse European training programmes and mobility projects in collaboration with a wide number of partners from different European countries. Since 2007, VUSTE ENVIS is accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education as a vocational training centre. Our main objective is the development of European projects in order to promote mobility among youth, students and graduates. As a result, VUSTE ENVIS mainly works with the Leonardo da Vinci programme, as a coordinator and a partner. Our vast experience hosting participants under the mobility programme of Leonardo da Vinci – VUSTE ENVIS has hosted participants over the last ten years – guarantees valuable work experience and promising chances for entering the labour market. VUSTE ENVIS coordinates as well VETPRO projects, organising visits and hosting professionals. Moreover, our organisation develops programmes in order to boost local growth, by sending participants abroad.