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Designing Inclusion

How to adapt urban planning teaching for the inclusion of refugees and migrants

Brussels, 2 March 2017 | Published in Urban, Social

Housing Europe joins a diverse consortium of partners for an Erasmus+ funded project that aims to adapt the teaching of urban planning targeting the inclusion of refugees and migrants. On 14 and 15 February, one of the initial project meetings was hosted in the office of Housing Europe.

Academics from KU Leuven, Politecnico di Milano, the University of Sheffield and Architects without Borders International will be working together with the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing to come up with ways that will adapt third-level education in urban planning to new needs on inclusion of refugees and migrants.

Launched in December 2016, this timely project takes into account new needs and a changing society, brings together both academic staff but also practitioners and approaches the issue with a pedagogical as well as with a more practical part. The aim is to learn from already existing initiatives, to transfer the knowledge and multiply the innovative approaches. Together with KU Leuven, Housing Europe’s role will be to demonstrate in a handbook what housing providers already have been doing to include refugees and migrants in our society and to analyse how and why these initiatives are successful. 

At the project meeting, expectations and aims as well as a more specific timeline for the intellectual outputs were discussed. Housing Europe with its members plans different activities to elaborate on the handbook, such as discussing it at the Social Housing Festival in Amsterdam and at one of the next working committee meetings.