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Pitch Your Transformation: Arts for Sustainability Literacy: An experimental approach employing temporary uses in urban regeneration

Session
20 January 2022 17:30 (GMT)
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20 January 2022 18:30 (GMT)

This session of ‘Pitch Your Transformation’ incorporates: 

  • The Node CIV-VAL
  • Arts for Sustainability Literacy: An experimental approach employing temporary uses in urban regeneration
  • Novel evaluation methods to derive insight from science technology and innovation artefacts regarding SDGs

Each project presents for 10 minutes followed with 30 minutes of Q&As. 

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Arts for Sustainability Literacy: An experimental approach employing temporary uses in urban regeneration

The employment of temporary uses in the urban regeneration processes of post-industrial cities holds an extraordinary transformative potential. Temporary uses can be utilized to experiment and prototype ideas, projects, or initiatives that bring all stakeholders of society to work together towards a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable future. The Horizon 2020 project “T-Factor” concerns itself with the development of tools and capacities to tap into this potential. This initiative presents one of the project’s experiments, which addresses the question of how temporary uses can be employed as a tool for the advancement of the localization of SDGs and the improvement of sustainability literacy with the general public. The initiative showcases the co-creating process of an arts-based environmental education curriculum of informal education that links walk-shops and artistic workshops, created with the stakeholders of the urban regeneration of Trafaria, Portugal. It shows the methodology that was used to develop the curriculum and how it feeds into the empowerment of the local community, as well as how the outputs can be used for the development of further efforts for SDG localization on the ground, and for the development of evaluation tools that capture change and transformations as perceived by the local community of Trafaria.

Ref: #35 (runs with 31, 46)

Experimentation for transformative change
Methods

Speakers

Alejandra Castro Giron
Originally from Mexico, Alejandra Castro Giron is an M.Sc. in Environmental Studies for Urban Sustainability and M.Sc. in Spatial Planning by the University of Aalborg and TU Dortmund, respectively. She is a researcher at the Centre for Social Science Research of the Social Sciences Faculty of TU Dortmund, and part of the consortium for the Horizon 2020 Project “T-Factor”. In T-Factor, Alejandra provides support and guidance to cities looking to employ temporary uses in their urban regeneration masterplans, while helping them develop innovative approaches for city co-creation. For the past year, Alejandra’s research has focused on analysing how the understanding of “temporary uses” by different stakeholders can influence the perceived impact of these implementations. Currently, she is focused on understanding how these urban uses can be implemented as a tool for the localization, pursuit, and measurement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of urban regeneration processes.