The initiative – off to an international comparison

Young Europeans design waterways.

From Austria, Germany, Romania and Turkey new ideas for urban regeneration.

Cagliari is on the move towards the future, the environment, its inhabitants and a new way of experiencing spaces. It is the Youth Urban Action, an international project financed by the Erasmus + program – which has landed in the Sardinian capital – with the aim of promoting the education of the new generations on the subjects of urban regeneration and local development.

The stop in Cagliari, which started last Monday, has seen ten participants from European and non-European countries participating in discussions on new possibilities for city development.

The Sardinian partner in the project is Urban Center, a non-profit organisation that focuses on innovation and creativity to improve the quality of life in local systems. “We promote the regeneration of public space through youth protagonism, through a series of creative processes utilising participatory methodologies”, states Stefano Gregorini, president of the Urban Center. “Cagliari becomes a stage for young Europeans who want to build knowledge as well as innovative projects for the region and for urban development, becoming a European landmark on the study and subsequent implementation of methodologies that make communities the protagonists of the processes of change that affect them”.

The workshops involved citizens and trainers from Austria, Germany, Romania and Turkey. The first workshop focused on the idea of the navigable canal Terramaini – La Palma, with the development of waterways, which represent new ways of connecting cities and an opportunity to experience the area.

The other two workshops put the spotlight on the Galleria del Sale (Salt Gallery), an open-air contemporary art space in Sant´Elia – an area already dedicated to the recovery of the urban territory – with artworks by more than 50 artists, for a landscape that has become a kind of endless canvas belonging to everyone. Actions of urban creativity, valorisation and exploration of the area were points that concerned this part of the project.

“We believe in territorial marketing and the diffusion of our culture in other European areas and this is a very positive thing. Today we are realising that there are several solutions to redevelop these semi-abandoned areas”, adds Daniele Gregorini, curator of the Galleria del Sale. For Andrea Loddo, coordinator of the Youth Urban Action project, “the choice of Urban Center was natural because the organisation has been working on urban regeneration projects for quite some time”.

This project was founded by the Erasmus + program and the partners that took part in the project are BuWa (Germany), Creator (Romania), Urban Center (Italy), Gençlik ve Değişim Derneği / Youth and Change Association – Diyarbakir (Turkey).

The reported article has been published by the Italian Newspaper L´Unione Sarda.

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