Project Statement "The LED2LEAP project is an opportunity to re-found landscape, turning it into a tool and a result of a more democratic, participatory and sustainable society. This kind of landscape requires a new kind of designer that we hope to help train with this project. Many times we celebrate our historical Italian or even European landscape to which we are certainly fond of, which are part of our roots. However, these landscapes are often and for the most part the result of authoritarian and oligarchic governments of the past, images of top-down politics and processes. With the LED2LEAP project, we are not only at the foundation of a new designer but equally of a new aesthetic of the landscape, an image of participatory, community, sharing and democratic processes."
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Project Statement "Working with LED2LEAP brings new perspectives in the ways design is taught, and carried out, today. I believe that LED2LEAP offers opportunities for improving the education of both future practitioners and communities, assuring a radical change in the current design curricula."
Project Statement "The three years of the LED2LEAP project provide the possibility of exploring the challenges and specificities of community building and participatory design processes in an environment which has a history quite poor in civic engagement."
Project Statement "The LED2Leap contributes to my professional development giving the possibility to work with students in an international context, dealing with issues in a specific topic of Landscape Architecture, enhancing the importance and adapting of global issues to local needs and expectations through community supported design projects."
Project Statement "I hope that the LED2LEAP living labs will promote sustainable landscape development here in Nürtingen at the neighbourhood level. The labs should bring us as academics closer to our local community. I hope that this will develop into a mutually beneficial and balanced partnership."
Project Statement "The LED2LEAP Project is a very good occasion for students to learn participatory tools through good practices examples and to experience them applied with a real community during the living lab. Moreover, the multicultural environment this European online program brings is enriching for students and partners too."
Project Statement Zsófia believes in the role of education to encourage engagement, develop social sensitivity, empower for democratic self-organisation through methods of participatory design and critical design thinking.
Project Statement "I believe that promoting landscape democracy can help society to understand better their environments as well as to take their future in their hands. Being part of this makes me really enthusiastic!"
Project Statement "I see the LED2LEAP Project taking the next step in Landscape Education for Democracy by extending opportunities for students to experience the principals, learn by doing. The Living Labs are a 'boots on the ground' effort to pull community together, enrich the learning experience and leave a lasting effect on a local landscape."
Project Statement Her PhD research topic is public spaces in lovable and livable cities and how the participation process can change the stories that we have with our environment. The LED2LEAP Hungarian Living Lab will be more focused on the kids perception which is very important as they are the next generation citizens and users of our public spaces.
Project Statement The challenges our society faces are wicked and defy simplistic problem-solving. Addressing these challenges, from climate change to densification, from public health to sustainable city development cannot be the work of a few experts alone, but result from partnerships between private and public, science and creativity, expert and local knowledge. And, as the European Landscape Convention tells us, the transformations required to address such challenges should be democratic, participatory, equitable, and owned by all residents, native or newcomers, insiders or outsiders. At the foundation of these transformations is the landscape—its natural areas, sacred places, and those abused by urbanization and industrialization. Re-interpreted as a shared resource for future resilience, this landscape needs to be re-discovered, re-generated, and integrated into the fabric of our communities, so it may bring livability, health and delight to those residents that need it the most—the marginalized, the unheard, the outcast, the queer. The LED2LEAP foregrounds this commitment to partnerships in co-creation, by linking community organizations to the creativity of budding design and planning professionals. It does so through an educational program educating them about the theory, methods, and practices of landscape democracy in the context of a pedagogy that frees communities and students from pre-existing pre-conceptions and limitations to unleash creative partnerships of mutual learning and cross-contamination. The ultimate goal is to envision new futures for the landscape, the communities, and those who call these landscapes home. The LED2LEAP project aims to plant to seed for meaningful transformations in its partner communities, the campuses of our educational partners, and the minds and hearts of the students, volunteers, tutors, community partners, and instructors it will bring together.
Project Statement “I have been experiencing incredible transformation processes during the LED project: personal and professional development of all the participants involved, the birth and development of ideas, joint actions to improve the life of the local communities. I can't wait to see what we are able to do when we partner up for three years. I wish for a truly enriching experience that is beneficial for all the partners involved.”
Project Statement "Living Labs are possible catalysts for innovative ideas, for unexpected solutions, and for a shared process of growth. Therefore, I'm very excited to contribute to the Hungarian Living Lab and share my experiences of gameful approaches in the context of landscape democracy education. I sure that we will be richer at the end of the project, and that we will have results that we cannot foresee at the moment"
Project Statement "The LED2LEAP project is essential for empowerment of local stakeholders to improve and adjust their environment to their own needs. I am very motivated to support that higher education and NGO’s join forces and develop tools for co-creation and co-production of landscapes."